The Gurudongmar lake of the North Sikkim is a well thought-out to be one of the most beautiful and sanctified lakes in India. The lake sources water to the river Teesta. The beautiful view of that scene leaves you mesmerized with its exquisiteness. The water of this 17,800 high feet lake is said to have curative properties and a few people also collect water in their bottles from here as they consider it holy.
Based out of Lachen and Luchang the lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the one who founded Tibetan Buddhism he visited the lake in the very 8th century. In literal words “Gurudongmar” means door to the Lord. The astonishing lake has majestic Emerald Blue mix in its shading and is encompassed by snow-topped mountains and a glacier with a similar name (Gurudongmar).
To get an out of the world experience the best time to visit the Gurudongmar Lake is from the month of November to June. Since the Gurudongmar Lake is located close to the Indo-Tibet border it requires a permit visit there. Being on the top of the North Eastern part there is the scarcity of oxygen at such a height, and consequently, staying there for more than an hour is not recommended for the most of the tourists.
Located at an altitude of 17,800 ft. it becomes one of the highest lakes in the world. A trip to Gurudongmar is certainly an experience of a lifetime.
Beauty at its best, the scenic over the lake is like one side is pretty much covered with mountain and the parallels is painted with ice, it is truly a gateway to heaven on the earth.
Gurudongmar Lake Sikkim
How to reach Gurudongmar Lake?
The pleasure of the trek to Gurudongmar begins with a four to five-hour drive through snow-clad peaks and mountains from Gangtok till one achieves Lachen, a small town in North Sikkim situated at a height of around 10,000 ft.
Generally, a night stop at Lachen is prescribed as it takes around three to four hours from Lachen to reach Gurudongmar Lake. So, it is a seven to eight-hour journey from Gangtok through lush greenery and waterfalls as one reaches the Lachen village, which is the base for the trip to Gurudongmar.
The nearest town from Gurdongmar Lake is Thangu, at around 14000 ft. Roads are motorable and the vehicles can be driven through the mountain ranges gives you a thrilling experience of the traveling. For this trip through the buses are available frequently and one can even opt for a taxi or jeep for morning to evening.
If one wants to go via train the nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri which is well connected to most of the major cities in India.
Even one can opt for air conveyance as well, the nearest airport to Gurudongmar Lake is Bagdogra Airport that lies near Siliguri, which is at a distance of 124 km from Gangtok. This airport is connected to Kolkata, Delhi, and Guwahati.
International travelers can get connecting flights from Kolkata or Delhi. Both are very much associated with numerous urban areas in India and abroad. Helicopter administrations are accessible from Bagdogra to Gangtok, just once amid the day.