- On 17-Jul-2019
- By Amisha Nanda
Why people wants to visit Gurudongmar Lake
Frigid mountains, awe-inspiring streets, valley of blossoms, most noteworthy pools of India, rich green valley with incalculable cascades, unblemished white water spouting in waterways and individuals continually eager to serve and assist you with a grin; that is the thing that a visit to Gurudongmar Lake offers. Sikkim is a little state encompassed by high pinnacles of the Himalaya; offering its universal fringe to Nepal, Bhutan and China.
North Sikkim is a locale of Sikkim known for the extraordinary areas, mountains, cascades, waterways and home to most noteworthy Lakes of India.
About The Lake
At an elevation of 17000 ft, Gurudongmar Lake is probably the most astounding lake on the planet. It lies in the North side of the Khangchengyao Range and is enclosed all around by snow-secured mountains, the holy lake solidifies during the winters with the exception of at one spot, which the ardent conviction has been particularly honoured. The Chinese Tibetan fringe is only a couple of kilometres from the lake. The flavoured water of the lake is accepted to have the wonderful intensity of giving kids to issueless couples. Strangely, the fantasy of Gurudongmar Lake is accepted as respectfully by the Hindus as by the nearby Buddhists. The name Gurudongmar is gotten from the name of the Guru Padmasambhava who is thought to have visited Tibet through this zone. The region is said to be honoured by Guru Padmasambhava. There is a sanctuary of the Guru other than the lake. Lover sightseers just as the army staff offer supplication at the sanctuary.
Visit to North Sikkim requires a unique grant (Protected Area Permit). The license is given to Tourists through an approved visit administrator. Just Indian sightseers are permitted to visit Gurudongmar Lake. For universal voyagers, the visit is restricted to Chopta Valley a couple of kilometers before the lake. The lake is situated at an extraordinary corner of India. The closest vacationer settlement at Lachen is 68 km (3 hours) away. A commonplace visit begins at Gangtok from where Lachen is around 120 km (6 hours). After a medium-term remain at Lachen next morning, you may visit Gurudongmar Lake.
Step by step instructions to reach Gangtok
Transports handle till Siliguri (West Bengal), 115 Kms from Gangtok. From here, you need to share a taxi/Jeep (Rs. 300/person) or you can procure your own taxi at Rs. 2,500/, which will take another 4 hrs to reach Gangtok in ordinary rush hour gridlock. Trains will likewise stop at New Jalpaiguri (NJP), close to Siliguri. From here once more, you need to take vehicle/jeep. The closest airplane terminal is Bagdogra (IXB) which is around 15 Kms from Siliguri. It is possible that you can procure an immediate taxi from Bagdogra to Gangtok (Rs. 2500-3000) or you can go to Siliguri Tenzing transport represent shared cabs.
Best time to visit Lachen/Gurudongmar Lake
An extraordinary time to go as the rhododendrons are in full blossom is during April-May .Start of December is additionally an extraordinary time to see snow secured Chopta Valley, stroll over solidified stream, and on the off chance that streets are open, at that point onwards to Gurudongmar to see the solidified lake hovered with snow mountains.
You can visit this part of North Sikkim only through a bundle visit. People can't go their straightforwardly. Visits must be sorted out by approved travel agents. It is a piece of at least 2 nights 3 days visit from Gangtok to Gangtok. Most visitors consolidate a visit to Lachen and Gurudongmar with an excursion to Lachung and Yumthang valley.
Day 1 - At Gangtok
Day 2 - Travel Gangtok to Lachen; medium-term Lachen
Day 3 - Lachen to Gurudongmar and Chopta Valley and Back; medium-term Lachen
Day 4 - Travel Back to Gangtok
Due to nearness to China and Tibet Border, Protected Area Permits are required to visit North Sikkim. Indians are permitted to visit Gurudongmar Lake while outsiders are confined till Chopta Valley and Yumthang Valley. You have to get the grant just in Gangtok, before multi day of beginning the adventure. Plan your voyage ahead of time as licenses are explicit to the voyager, number of days and vehicle. For getting grant, you have to submit photo copy of your personal government issued ID card (except pan card) and two passport size photos in the tourism office Gangtok or you can submit in any government approved tour operator they will make your journey hassle free.
Lachen and Gurudongmar Lake Tour from Gangtok
Lachen is a little town situated in North Sikkim at an elevation of 9,000 ft with around 250 town families and couple of inns & small shops. Its unique occupants are known as Lachenpas who are a Sikkimese Buddhist people group. They are generally ship and yak herders. Anyway today with developing the travel industry request, numerous others from various pieces of Sikkim have begun living here. Although the separation to Lachen from Gangtok is just 121 kms, it can without much of a stretch take 6 to 7 hours to achieve the spot via vehicle relying upon street conditions. Numerous vacationers likewise come here in the wake of having visited Lachung and Yumthang Valley.
It is best to carry enough warm woollens in all seasons as it tends to nibble cold at the higher spans. Take along all your prescription especially for any high height disorder. On the off chance that you have heart or breathing issues, abstain from visiting Chopta Valley or Gurudongmar. There are no ATMs here, so convey enough cash.
Gurudongmar Lake covered aesthetically with the sheet of snow
The Gurudongmar lake has been named after Guru Padmasambhava (an eighth century Indian Buddhist ace) who came here on his way again from Tibet. From that point forward the lake is viewed as heavenly and lovers gather sacrosanct water in holders. There is a little sanctuary of Guru Padmasambhava beside the lake and you can see several brilliant supplication banners rippling as a cool wind streams in from the lake.
On your way once more from Gurudongmar, stop at Chopta Valley situated at 13,200ft close Thangu. It's just 2 kms from Thangu towards Gurudongmar Lake. So while returning, Chopta Valley will start things out and afterward Thangu. This is the place you can stroll over solidified waterway throughout the winter time. Invest some energy here and continue to Lachen by means of Thangu.
Tibetan Plateau while in transit to Gurudongmar Lake
The street is known as Gurudongmar street and in the long run parts. A restricted street on the privilege goes tough to the Gurudongmar Lake, while the other one proceeds to Tso Lhamo lake which is about 10 kms away. From that point the primary street proceeds with further northeast to the Indo-China outskirt (another 4 kms from Tso Lhamo). Tso Lhamo lake is sustained by ice sheets and is one of the primary sources feeding River Teesta.
Circled by snow-topped mountains and perfectly clear frosty water, Gurudongmar Lake is considered to be an all around heavenly lake. It is one of the wellsprings of River Teesta, which courses through Sikkim, West Bengal and Bangladesh, to at last converge with the Bay of Bengal. There untruths a 'Sarva Dharma Sthal' close-by, which is additionally an exceptionally well known spot of love for all religions. The Gurudongmar Lake is situated in Lachen, a little and delightful town in North Sikkim. A night remain at this town is profoundly suggested before visiting the staggering lake.