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Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake also known as the Gurudogmar Lake, which stands as one of the highest lakes in the world, as it is placed at an altitude of 5,210 m above the sea level. Lying in the province of North Sikkim in India, the lake is situated at just a distance of about 5 km from the southern side of the Chinese Border.

The land of Buddhism, Sikkim is blessed with various sacred pilgrimage sites. The lake called Gurudongmar is considered as the primary pilgrimage of the Sikhs. It is believed that during the third visit of the saintly figure of Sikhs, Guru Nanak offered support to the Karmapa Nyingmapa sects, who were forced out of Tibet by the sect of Gelugpa. The belongings of Guru Nanak leke His footprints, water carrying utensils and a robe is still kept and preserved in Lachen Gompa, which lies in a close proximity. There is also a popular gurudwara at the Gurudongmar Lake, which was established for celebrating the Guru Nanak’s visit. It is also said that the lake of Gurudongmar has been named after the Guru Dongmar, who is popularly known as Padmasambhava.

The lake is houses of Yaks, blue ships and other high altitude animals of Sikkim and Tibet. The water of the lake is covered under the blanket of the hitting snow, which makes the water seems to be the milky one and is also one of the major sources of Teesta, the most important tributary of Sikkim and North Bengal.

The narrow road towards the lake will render you magnificent views of the alpine vegetation and thick rhododendron bushes, which are stretched over the vast expanse reaching at the point of horizon. When on your journey as you will also get a view of the Bramhakamal which can be peeped through the greenery which is nestled in the midst of inaccessible area and far across you can also get a view of a valley.

The nearest stopover, when visiting the lake is Lachen, which makes it quite easy to have a day trip at the lake. Another station could be Thangu which also provides facilities to spend a night. It is to be mentioned that the lake of Gurudongmar permits only the Indian tourists to visit the lake. There is a small temple of the Guru besides the lake. Visiting the lake could be a lifetime experience as the lake is situated at such a great height and it is advised that you need visit the lake on your own as there you could meet nature beyond your travel requirements.

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