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Tsomgo Lake

History

The Tsomgo Lake is located in the north eastern part of Sikkim, some 35 km away from Gangtok on the Gangtok–Nathula highway. The lake is situated at a height of 3780 metres above sea level and is 15 metres deep and 1 km long.

The Tsomgo Lake also known as the Changu Lake is sacred to the locals and literally means “source of the lake” in Bhutia language. The lake is formed as a result of melting of the snow of the surrounding mountains. The sight of the oval lake surrounded by snow capped mountains is heavenly. Even though the lake is restricted and special permission has to be taken, thousands of tourists visit the lake to get a glimpse of the mesmerizing beauty of the lake. One can take Yak rides on the snow covered ground around the Tsomgo Lake all the while gazing into the crystal clear water of the lake. The weather fluctuations also play an important role in adding to the beauty of the place. What seems like a clear sky can in a matter of minutes get surrounded by the densest fogs. The Tsomgo Lake is frozen for most of the year and the ice of the lake only melts in the summer month of May and remains so till September after which it freezes again. It is believed that Lamas living here in ancient times predicted the future by looking in the waters of the lake.

The Lake during the months of May to August is surrounded by a variety of flowers in bloom such as the rhododendrons, various species of primulas, blue and yellow poppies, irises etc. It is also an ideal habitat for the Red Panda and various species of birds. Also if one is lucky enough, one can see the rainbow sprout swimming in the Lake.

There is also a small temple built on the side of Tsomgo Lake where locals worship Lord Shiva which is also a part of the allure of the place.

Best time to visit

Summers in Gangtok last from March to June and provide the ideal conditions to visit the place with the temperatures reaching a maximum of 20 degrees. Winters last from November to February and are generally very cold with temperatures falling to 4 degrees.

The best time to the visit Tsomgo Lake is from the month of October to March.

Trivia

The lake has its own commemorative stamp released by the Indian Postal Department on 6 November 2006.

Timing

There are no fixed timings to visit the place but make sure to visit the place with a flexible itinerary as the roads might be closed due to heavy rainfall or due to the rare landslide.


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