Hundreds of tourists were stuck near the Changu Lake in Sikkim due to heavy snowfall, following which the Army began a rescue operation, officials said on Sunday.
As the Jawaharlal Nehru Road closed due to the heavy snowfall on Saturday, hundreds of tourists got stuck near Changu Lake, they said.
On Saturday, approximately 1027 tourists who had been stuck in the upper reaches of East Sikkim near the China Border at Nathu La following heavy snow on Saturday were rescued by Army, said defence sources.
As the weather conditions improved a bit on Sunday morning, the tourists were divided into small groups and Army personnel guided them to reach Gangtok, around 40 km away, on foot, officials said.
The rescue operations, which were underway are likely to continue till Monday as hundreds of tourists were visiting Tsongmo or Changu Lake, near India’s boundary with China, during the Christmas holidays.