A Complete Guide of Rent a car from Gangtok to Changu Lake

The mesmerizing beauty of Changu Lake will fill your soul with its frozen water and relax your mind with its alluring climate.

Gangtok- The Switzerland of India!!!

Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, is known as the dreamland destinations for every nature lover. Nestled in mountains, Gangtok is situated at an elevation of 1650m, draws the attention of many visitors with its pristine beauty. Endowed in snow-capped mountains, gushing waterfalls, green valley and rich culture, Gangtok has everything in stock. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bag and started a trip to Gangtok!

Ways you can reach Gangtok-

Gangtok being the capital of the state of Sikkim; it is well connected to many cities in India.

  • The easiest way to reach Gangtok is taking a flight from your town to Bagdogra Airport, which is just 124kms away from Gangtok. And from there you will get several hired taxies or rental car to reach Gangtok.
  • If you want to reach Gangtok by rail track, then have to board a train up to nearest railhead, which New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. The distance from NJP railway station to Gangtok is 125 km.

What makes ‘Changu Lake’ unique than others?

Sikkim is known as heaven for many nature lovers for its spell-binding beauty. There are many places in Sikkim which will blow your mind, but Changu Lake is one of the perfect places to visit during winters as this time the lake is totally frozen. This gorgeous lake is perched at an elevation of about 12,310 ft. in the eastern district of Sikkim. With a depth of around 48 feet, Changu Lake is always flourished by the melting snow of its surrounding mountains. The lake is considered to be scared lakes by the local Buddhists and Hindus.

Changu Lake is one of the high altitude lakes and it becomes ravishingly attractive with the reflections of the surrounding hills on the clear blue water.

How to reach Changu Lake by road?

As the route from Gangtok to Changu Lake is through a narrow hill area, so it is better to take a private car for the less-risky trip. If you want to explore the charm of this pristine lake, you should rent a car from Gangtok to Changu whether you are traveling solo or in a group. A reliable car rental service will make your trip more comfortable.

Types of cars you can opt for renting-

Changu Lake is being situated at a high altitude; it is always preferable to go there by safety maintained cars, such as-

  • Wagon R (small car)
  • Tata Sumo
  • Innova
  • Scorpio
  • Bolero

Let discuss some interesting facts about the tour-

Here, we will discuss some important information, that you must know-

Gangtok to Changu distance- 39.7 km

Road sightseeing- On the way of the journey from Gangtok to Changu Lake, you can explore many places such as-

  • Enchey Monastery
  • White Memorial Hall
  • Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary
  • Kyongnosla Waterfall

Nearby Markets- There are a few nearby markets present in Gangtok from Changu Lake:

  • Super Market (37.6 km)
  • MG Marg Market ( 37.3km)
  • Big Bazaar ( 37.1km)

Things to See In Changu- New Baba Mandir and Nathula Point

Nearby Hotels- Hotel Gangtok Inn, Hotel Sikkim Delight, Hotel Golden Pagoda etc.

Nearby Petrol Pumps- Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Bharat Petroleum, Khangri Petrol Pump etc.

Nearby Restaurants- Pradhan’s Fast Food, Raseelo Family Restaurant & Bar, Food Court etc.

Popular FAQs-

Q. Is the road from Gangtok to Changu is safe enough?

A. As you are moving from Gangtok to Changu, the altitude rises to about 10,000ft. With the guidance of experienced drivers, you should not worry about road track. You will be always safe.

Q. Does any permit needed for visiting the Changu Lake?

A. Changu Lake is a restricted area, so you need advance permission for exploring the beauty of it.