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Tsomgo Lake


Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim

Steeped in holiness, the Tsomgo lake in Sikkim is a popular tourists destination. Nestled on Gangtok Nathu La highway, the lake towers to an altitude of 12,400 ft. Numerous devotees come here to worship the lake. The beautiful surroundings of the peaceful lake add more charm to it. Placid water, cool breeze and picturesque location make it an ideal picnic spot for people. The lake is held in high esteem by both the Hindus and the Buddhists. It is also known as Changu Lake. It is 1 km in length and 15 m in width and is oval shaped. Primula flowers and other alpine plantation are a special feature of the beautiful vegetation surrounding it.

There is a beautiful temple near the lake . It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Sit at the resting shed at the lake and scan its beauty. During winter season the water turns to ice giving a different persona to the lake. The melting snow from the mountains surrounding the lake is the source of water for this lake. Tsomgo Lake gives birth to a river called Lungtze Chu which meets the river Rangpo-chu further down its way. It is said that Lamas used to make predictions about their future by studying the colour of the lake. The dark colour of the river used to indicate problems in future while light colour reflected peace and happiness. If fortune favours you , then you can even see a colourful rainbow here.

Being located in the restricted area the Tsomgo Lake can be visited only by obtaining Inner Line Permit from the Police through the Tourism Department or travel agent. The best time to visit the lake is from March-May and October- December. When you plan to make your trip to Sikkim, do remember to visit this wonderful destination.

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