Baba Mandir (Harbajan Singh Memorial)
At an altitude of about 13000 feet, Baba Mandir is a famous tourist spot about 20kms from Tsomgo Lake and close to Jelepla pass. It was built in memory of a soldier in the 23rd Punjab Regiment, who was drowned in a stream near the spot. Legend says he later appeared in a dream to one of his colleagues where he requested that a temple be built in his memory.
The original temple of Baba Harbhajan Singh was built in 1983 near Tukula where his bunker was. This is known as the Old Baba Mandir or the original Baba Mandir. The Bunker is maintained like a temple with dresses, pictures and stationeries used by Baba being stored here. There is a small wishing poodle nearby where army personnel throw coin and pray. Tourists travelling to Dzuluk, Nathang valley (Gnathang valley) can visit old Baba Mandir easily. But for tourists going for excursion from Gangtok towards Tsomgo lake, Nathual are normally not allowed to come here. This temple was renovated in 2012 and a dining hall has been built.
The New and the more popular Baba Mandir Temple is much closer to Tsomgo lake and is more popular. People believe that by placing their slippers and a bottle of water here, they are cured of backaches. Thousands of tourists visit the temple every day during peak season. There is a cafeteria named café 13 thousand and also a shop selling Indian and Chinese souvenir.