Gurudongmaar is the highest lake in the world, located at an altitude of 17800 feet in the Indian State of Sikkim. Its exact location is Lachen which is again a beautiful place to visit in the north-east India. It is considered to be one of the most sacred lakes, by the Buddhists, Sikhs and the Hindus. The snow fed lake is the land of the yaks. It is theimportant source of Tista, the most important river in Sikkim and North Bengal. The lake is associated with the belief that it blesses couples with children.
The Gurudongmaar lake offers a stunning view of the Himalayan panorama. It is a must visit for all nature lovers. The lake captures the charm of the Sikkim.
It is easy to reach this scenic beauty. It is a eight-hour drive from Gangtok to Lachen, via the choptey valley. Another option is the the nearest domestic airport Bagdora Airport, which is half an hour drive from Lachen. It is also accessible by the nearest railway station, which lies 171 km from Lachen, the nearest town next to Gurudongmaar lake.
A night stay at Lachen is highly advisable to visit the lake. Lachen has a lot of hotels ranging from medium to high budget hotels to provide a comfortable and cosy stay.
The Gurdongmaar Lake was named after the famous Guru Padmasambhava, who was also called Guru Rinpoche. The frozen condition of the state is related to the saint. It is believed that on the way back from Tibet, the Guru met many people who were unable to get drinking water because the lake was frozen throughout the year. The locals appealed to the Guru for help. He placed his hands on the lake and the ice in that point began to melt. Ever since, the lake is said to be holy, and contains water which is sacred, and possesses healing properties.
It was also blessed by the first Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Nanak ji in the 15th century. When Guru Nanak touched a part of the lake with his walking stick, it became free of snow. He also blessed the lake and bestowed the blessings on the lake, stating that whosoever would take the water would be blessed with strength and vitality.
Things to do
A trekking journey to Gurudongmar lake is highly recommended. You need to climb steep mountains which are covered with snow in winters and enjoy the high altitude of 5430 m above the sea level. The road towards Gurudongmar lake is filled with mesmerising landscapes and snow-capped mountains. After crossing Thangu, you will experience the Thangu terrain, open fields surrounded by snow covered mountains.
Places to see
Near the frozen lake lies the hamlet of Lachung. It is a must visit place in December, where you can see the mesmerising town covered with deep snow, frozen streams and beautiful coloured huts. It feels like stepping into a magical land of Narina.
It is a must visit to explore this little town of Lachung. It specialises in handmade handicrafts and souvenirs. You can purchase beautiful carpets, handbags, shawls and blankets made from sheep and yak wool.
The Gurdongmar lake has local cuisines nearby. It gives you authentic local food flavour which will surely be palatable to your taste buds.
Tips: Always carry sunglasses with UV protection to visit the lake, to protect your eyes from heavy sunlight. Carry warm clothes because the weather is very cold.
To get enjoy the splendid and scenic beauty of the lake, all nature lovers can pack their bags and get ready to enjoy the tour from Gangtok to Gurudongmaar lake. Hill Peak Tours offers great packages at great prices to suit your budget and give you lifetime memories.