Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, located between Nathula and Jelepla passes at an elevation of 13,123 feet and approximately 52 kilometers from Gangtok, is a one-of-a-kind site due to the heritage associated with it. His soul is said to protect every soldier in the harsh high-altitude environment of the Eastern Himalayas. Baba’s mythology began 35 years ago when Sepoy Harbhajan Singh of the 23rd Punjab Regiment went missing. A manhunt was initiated, and it took three days for the soldiers to locate his body. He is thought to have guided the soldiers to the location. The troops erected a Samadhi in his honor, and residents in the region still think that Baba’s spirit protects the soldier stationed here.
Why should I visit this? there?
Soldiers stationed near the Nathula Pass on the Indo-China border appear to be guided by faith. This belief derives from the Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, which is located at an elevation of almost 13,000 feet. Fact and mythology merge to form a story that provides hope to the soldiers stationed there while also providing a fascinating story for visitors.
Harbhajan Singh’s amazing deeds have earned mythic status, and you should visit this location to enjoy the picturesque splendor and hear the legends that surround it. The best travel experiences are those that leave you with life-affirming stories, and Baba Mandir, as the locals call it, is one such site.
When should I visit?
The wonderful part about Baba Mandir is that no matter when you arrive, you’ll be greeted with breathtaking vistas.
The rain makes the surrounding forests sparkle during the monsoon, and the land is entirely changed into a sparkling vision of trees, beyond which soar the huge mountains. The optimum time to visit the temple is from April through November. The summer months are the most pleasant, and simply meandering around this region may be enjoyable. Because the Nathu La Pass is blocked during the winter, accessing Baba Mandir may be impossible.
How should I visit?
On the approach to the famed Nathu La Pass, Baba Temple might be a pit break. The shrine is around 55-60 kilometers from Gangtok. There is a split in the road where your automobile will take you to the temple when the road bends towards Kupup Valley towards Tukia. Before visiting this region, which is vitally important to Indo-China ties, a Protected Area Permit is required.
Because this shrine is so popular with visitors, obtaining a local vehicle to transport you there will be no trouble.
Tips for smooth travel
This Samadhi is less frequented by tourists. Visitors must climb 50 stairs to reach the bunker, where the Samadhi was created. This was where Baba was stationed while serving in the Indian Army. However, for the convenience of visitors, the Samadhi of Baba Harbajan Sing has been reconstructed near the intersection of the Kupup Gnathang road and the path leading to Memencho Lake, and the shrine is known as the new Baba Mandir.
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