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Gurudongmar lake

Trip to gurudongmar started on 17 th oct....was worth visiting this lake...the most beautiful of the three lakes visited...Chhangu,in sikkim,Pangong Tso in Laddakh and this one the ultimate lake.

Gurudongmar lake

Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world located at an altitude of 17,100 feet (5,148 m). It lies on the North side of the Khangchengyao Range in a high plateau area contiguous to the Tibetan Plateau. The stream emerging from the lake is one of the source-streams of the Tista River.
The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava, who is also known as Guru Dongmar. It is located close to the Indo-China Border in the province of North Sikkim, Sikkim, India.
The lake remains completely frozen in the winter months from November to Mid-May except for one small part of the lake which is supposed to be touched and blessed by the Guru Padmasambhava.
The lake is highly revered by the Sikkimese and Buddhists and the waters are supposed to have curative properties. The Indian Army got into a conflict with the Sikkim Government when they erected a gurdwara (a Sikh temple) near the lake in the 1990s : the gurdwara has now become a 'Sarva Dharma Sthal'(House of worship for All Religions), and ruffled feathers have been smoothened.
Gurudongmar Lake is located at an altitude of 17,800 feet and 190 Kms from Gangtok. It is on the Northern side of the Khangchengyao Range in a high plateau area contiguous to the Tibetan Plateau. The stream emerging from the lake is one of the source-streams of the Tista River. The lake is considered one of the most sacred lakes by the Bhuddhist and Hindus, and remains milky throughout the year. The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava - is said to have brought Tantric Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century). According to a legend, since the lake used to remain frozen most of the year, it was not possible to use it's water for drinking purposes, When the Guru Padmasambhava passed by, while returning from Tibet, the local residents are reported to have approached him for providing source of water. The Guru obliged, a portion of the lake touched by him does not freeze in the extreme winter. Since water of the lake is considered sacred, visitors carry the "holy" water in the bottles. Due to the extremely inhospitable surrounding terrain and the difficulties associated with reaching the place, the lake sees only a handful of visitors each year.

Yungthan valley

At 24 kms from Lachung lies Yumthang, the rightfully called the Valley of Flowers as in Flowering season there blossoms vivid colours of variety of Rhododendrons, chimals and blue poppies. Yumthang is located on a flat valley and is near the tree line, the surrounding mountains seems to kiss the heavens. The journey from Lachung to Yumthang has a very picturesque landscape and is lined with Rhododendrons & 108 other types of Orchids which bloom in different colours from April to May. "Come as a visitor for a life-time experience." April and May promises colourful flowers, where as November end to March usually sees snows. Simple village folks spread scarcely admit the virgin landscapes is a food forever. Another peculiar feature of the valley is that, the valley totally covered with snow during the winter. Hence, while you see the flower bed in summer, you see snow bed in the winter.
A natural hotspring is another attraction of the tourist who are said to have had relief of their skin ailment after having bath there. The visit is on the passing of Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.
Yumthang valley is a mesmerizing scene with yaks grazing on flower - carpeted meadows against a backdrop of towering peaks. It has breathtaking views where one can become a part of a timeless scene without any kind of intrusion.

  • Last visit to State of Sikkim: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated Jan 21, 2008
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Comments (8)

  • Oct 20, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    any saint from other religion can also be said to be guru padamsambhava. But the reason a gurudawara was set their was due to local legend that rinpoche guru nanak had visited the place and placed his hand on water as they had no drinking water in winters

  • vpas's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2008 at 12:42 AM

    hi,wonderful pictures and great page.thank you for sharing all this. vpas

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2008 at 6:59 AM

    Great photos and information on Sikkim, fantastic place for mountain trekking :)

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2008 at 1:51 AM

    I am again planning to visit North Sikkim or Manali during Durga Puja depending on ticket confirmation. I have booked for both. I revisited your page to get some more info. Hope to be there on 5th of October!

  • jain012's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2007 at 10:35 PM

    hi mantru the pic of sikkim you have posted is on my desktop thanks

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2007 at 12:46 AM

    Beauty!Wonder if the Swiss call Switzerland "Sikkim of the west"! Great photos-are you back in Delhi-Just added your photo in My VT Meeting.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Wow, what a marvellous scenery !!! Really like in Switzerland, but way more serene :-)) 108 orchids ? Sounds magnificent !! Yes, I should put Sikkim on my wish list as well :-))

  • ladagspa's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2007 at 9:54 PM

    Wow, I am left spell bound. I need to go here soon. Nice shot!!!


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