You have to drive for another 30 minute and you will reach the placid Kalpokhri Lake, Kupup Lake and Adi Baba Mandir. The silhouette of the Kupup Lake has striking similarity with elephant and that's why it's is also popularly called Elephant Lake. The highest gulf course in the world is located near Kupup Lake and so is the Jelepla Pass and those who have a desire to explore further they can afield and experience the mesmerizing view of the beautiful Tsomgo Lake (Changu Lake) and reach Gangtok.
Normally tourists take the early morning sunrise-trip to Thambi View Point to witness the mesmerizing view of sunrise over the mighty Mt. Kanchenjungha range. The zigzag road which leads to Thambi View Point crosses some of the unplumbed parts of the region and offers some panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas.
To reach Phadamchen one can hire a vehicle from Siliguri/NJP/Bagdogra. The distance from Siliguri/ NJP to Phadamchen is about 115K.M and from Bagdogra it is around 118K.M. To visit Phadamchen or the other places of Silkroute, you have to get the Inner Line Permits done from Rongli (applicable for Indian citizens too) as it is heavily guarded by the Indian Army. Phadamchen is around 15 kilometers drive from Rongli.
The weather of Phadamchen remains favorable all through the year. Though the place does not experience snowfall like the other high altitude places of the Silk Route i.e. Nathang and Dzuluk but the winter months from January-March are quite chilling. Phadamchen also experiences good sunshine and great shower.
Apart from providing breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains, Phadamchen also provides finest lodging and dining facilities to its visitors. The homestays are well built providing modern facilities like geysers, western style attached washrooms. Some among them offers beautiful views of mountains and forests from the rooms. Cuisine is essentially Indian and based on fixed menus but the food served here is organic and locally sourced. Phadamchen also has a Government Forest Guesthouse.