“Bad luck”, our tour guide told us shrugging his shoulders, when we weren’t given the permit to go beyond tsomgo (pronounced Changu in the local language) lake. Trip to Baba mandir and Nathula pass are clubbed together with Tsomgo lake as it is en route. He explained to us, that the combination of rain and below zero temperatures on that day, formed a slippery sheet of ice on the road which made it dangerous for vehicles to pass. There was little room for argument or negotiation, we quickly accepted the momentary set back and agreed to him. But little did we know that the trip just to tsomgo lake and back would leave us with an experience worth the time, money and effort and more!