Sikkim, one of the most beautiful Indian states located in the region of the Himalayan mountains and is a magical land, teeming with nature's blessings. The state is in fact, a major tourism hub and people from all over the world come to marvel at its scenic beauty. One of the major attractions in Sikkim are the many lakes that add life to this state. Tourists coming here can visit these scenic lakes and know what it feels like being closer to nature. Here is a guide to the five mesmerising lakes of Sikkim.
1. Lampokhari Lake
The Lampokhari Lake is located near Rhenock and takes a three hours' drive from Gangtok. It is one of the oldest natural lakes in the state and is located at an altitude of 1402 mt above sea level. The lake was recently renovated to provide boating facilities for tourists. The Lampokhari Lake is also called as the Aritar Lake among the natives of Sikkim. This is in fact the only lake that provides paddle boating facilities in Sikkim. You can also pay a visit to the nearby Lingsay Monastery and the Mankhim Temple.
View of the lake.
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2. Gurudongmar Lake
Gurudongmar Lake is a fresh water lake and is one of the highest water bodies in the region. The lake is situated towards the North East of Kanchenjunga range. You can even trek from Gurudongmar Lake to Tso Lhsmo Lake after receiving permission from the army here.
A sense of serenity at the lake.
Photo Courtesy: Sivakumar
3. Tsongmo Lake
Tsongmo Lake or as it is commonly referred to as Changu Lake is located in East Sikkim and is a beautiful glacial water body. Many tourists come here to experience this awe- inspiring view. You will come across this lake on the way to Nahu la Pass. Special mention should be done about the stamp released in dedication to this lake by the Indian Postal Service in the year 2006.
Picturesque view of Tsongmo Lake
Photo Courtesy: Ravinder Singh Gill
4. Khecheopalri Lake
The beautiful Khecheopalri Lake in Yuksom is revered by Buddhists as well as Hindus. The sacred water of this lake is known to have the power to fulfill wishes. The beautiful lake also known by the name Kha-Chot-Palri is close to the Khecheopalri village and surrounded by the sacred Khechoedpaldri Hill. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava taught 64 yoginis at this pristine lake. Another legend has it that the lake is the footprint of goddess Tara, the female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. interestingly, the lake even appears like a footprint from an areal view. Tourists coming here can enjoy the peacefulness that surrounds this lake and indulge in meditation here.
Monks meditating on the banks of the lake.
Photo Courtesy: Shankar S
5. Tso Lhamo Lake
Tso Lhamo lake also known as Cholamu lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 5,330 mt above the sea level. It is situated in North Sikkim and is only some 4 km southwest of the Chinese border. This glacial, fresh-water lake is a perfect place to visit for those who are in search of peace. You should though bear in mind that for reaching this lake you would have to acquire permission from the army here.