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Colour Changing Lake: Tsomgo Lake Near Gangtok

Tsomgo Lake or Tsongmo Lake is considered as a sacred lake by the locals.

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Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 10:30 [IST]
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The enticing beauty of high-altitude lakes is very interesting to explore. They are a visual delight for every visitor. Misty surroundings, imposing mountains and chilly climates add to the excitement of tourists. Here is one such picturesque high-altitude lake which will bind you its ardent beauty. We are talking about Tsomgo Lake near Gangtok.

 Tsomgo Lake Near Gangtok

Tsomgo 
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Tsomgo Lake is one of the interesting attractions in Sikkim tourism. The idyllic surroundings of this waterbody attracts everyone. In winter, it remains frozen and in summer it is enclosed by the blossom of flowers.

Interesting Facts About Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake is also called as Changu Lake.

The surface of the lake reflects different colours in different seasons. Therefore, the lake is considered sacred among Sikkimese people.

Tsomgo Lake also serves as the venue for the Guru Poornima festival. People also believe that the water of the lake consists of medicinal qualities.

 Tsomgo Lake Near Gangtok

Tsomgo Lake in winter
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The Alpine forests around this oval-shaped lake is a home to numerous species of birds.

Tourists can enjoy a Yak ride around the lake. Surely, it is one-of-its-kind experience.
These are some of the interesting facts about Tsomgo Lake.

Usually Tsomgo Lake is covered during the trip to Nathula Pass. Changu Lake is located on Gangtok-Nathula Highway, around 40km from Gangtok.

 Tsomgo Lake Near Gangtok

Changu Lake
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Exploring Nathula Pass

You can also visit Nathula Pass first and then visit Tsomgo Lake on the way back. Nathula Pass is a mountain pass at the border of Sikkim and China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

The journey from Gangtok to Nathula Pass is also an enchanting one. You can explore Rukmini Falls and a few other high-altitude lakes on the way to Nathula Pass.

 Tsomgo Lake Near Gangtok

Beautiful Nathula Pass
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Nathula Pass is truly a visual delight; snow-capped peaks, misty landscapes and the surrounding alpine forests will amaze you to the core.

Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple is one of the main attractions at Nathula Pass. Baba Harbhajan Singh was a soldier who was killed during his duty at the border. Later, he is said to have appeared in his friend's dream and requested him to build a shrine. So this shrine is built in the memory of this soldier. It also has Shiva Temple with a big Shiva Statue in the temple premises.

Tourists can also cover the Elephant Lake near to Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple. No doubt, you will enjoy the picturesque views of Sikkim.

 Tsomgo Lake Near Gangtok

Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple
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How To Reach Tsomgo Lake and Nathula Pass

No doubt, Tsomgo Lake and Nathula Pass are some of the best tourist places in Sikkim. Tsomgo Lake is around 40km from Gangtok and Nathula Pass is about 57km from Gangtok.

Tsomgo Lake is situated on Gantok-Nathula Highway. It is better to hire a private cab from Gangtok to explore these places. Since there are the mountainous regions, the roads are narrow and bumpy. You should also be prepared for sudden change in climate as it is the Himalayan region.

Tsomgo is one of the famous lakes in Sikkim and it is known for its unique colour-changing phenomenon. Hence, a trip here is a must.

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