Tsomgo (Changu) Lake
This ethereally beautiful lake is situated at an altitude of 12,400 ft, 38 km from Gangtok and a must on every tourist's itinerary. The road to Tsomgo passes through a rugged mountain terrain and sharp cliffs. Tsomgo means the source of the water in Bhutia language. The lake gets water from the melting snows of the mountains surrounding the lake and remains frozen in winters. This extremely beautiful lake appears different in different seasons. In winter the area around this placid lake remains covered in snow while in late spring flowers bloom in abundance and cover the area with colours around the lake.
This lake is considered sacred by the Sikkimese and many myths and legends are associated with it. It is said that in old times Buddhist monks used to forecast the future by studying the watercolour of the lake. The lake is also bears special significance for the Jhakris or faith healers of Sikkim. They congregate here annually on Guru Purnima, the festival coincides with that of Raksha Bandhan, from all over the state and offer prayers.Get Holidays to Sikkim and Honeymoon package to Sikkim in very affordable price with best service.
A visit to the lake is a wonderful outing for the locals too. Enjoyable ride on colourfully decorated yaks and mules are available at the lake site. A variety of eating stalls serving snacks and beverages are also there. One can also hire Snow boots and gumboots here.
The lake is open for both Indian and foreign tourists but foreigners have to be in a group of two or more and should have applied for a visitors permit through a registered travel agency in advance.