HILLS OF SIKKIM - II ( IMAGES OF HILLS FROM SIKKIM - SECOND IN A SERIES OF 5 IMAGES).
Some tidbits about the Lake Tsongmo.
Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim, India, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) away from Gangtok at altitude of 3,780 m (12,400 ft).
The road to Nathu La passes the lake on north side. The Chinese border crossing is only some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east-northeast in a straight line, but some 18 kilometres (11 mi) by road.
Changu Lake also called "Tsongmo Lake" means "source of lake" is a lake situated around 35 - 40 km away from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. It is a natural lake on top of mountains. It is 3780 meter (12400 feet) above see level and oval in shape, 1 Km long and fifteen meeter deep. The lake freezes during the winter months. Best time to visit is Mid May to August. The area is controlled by the Indian Army and required special permission to visit the place. They will ask you to visit the lake before noon due to inclement weather. Local travel agents will help you to get the permission. Bus ticket from Gangtok to Changu Lake and back will cost Rs. 150/- Cabs and Jeeps are available at Gangtok for Rs. 550/- to Rs. 900/- Heavy woolen cloths required to be worn throughout the year. Rides on Yaks are offered at the lake side. You can have tea and snacks at the lake side during the tourist season. It is advised to avoid traveling to Changu Lake those who have breathing problem due to scarcity of air at this altitude.
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Sonata11 (33179) 2013-03-19 21:04
spectacular picturesque view of this impressive place. I really like it. Perfectly well done. Thanks for sharing and informative note. Great job :).
rychem (20099) 2013-03-19 21:37
Beautiful landscape with scenic mountains and intensely blue lake, graet sharpness and eyecatching colors
ikeharel (53145) 2013-03-20 2:36
Stunning blue color, contrast to brown/yellow hills.
The lake seems as an oasis on the barren landscape around.
Pic. is a bit btilted to left - but not a grand issue, easily can be corrected.
cornejo (28607) 2013-03-20 5:16
Hi Farhat, very good pov chosen to capture this photograph good and pretty interesting view of this high mountain lake. Great picture with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.
Good morning and happy rest of week.
Greetings and good wishes from the south of Spain.
Sergiom (55443) 2013-03-20 5:34
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue sur cette belle baie protégée des intempéries. Le petit village est parfaitement placé dans l'image. J'aime la netteté et les couleurs de l'ensemble.
dkmurphys (47024) 2013-03-20 7:07
Very picturesque image from the mountain lake. Fine colors, attractive catch!
eldancer1 (25674) 2013-03-20 7:46
Beautiful landscape! Nicely captured with good lighting and sharp details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
maria-v1981 (10814) 2013-03-20 11:55
In this picture the buildup is fascinating. The way you show this lake between these hards mountains simply is great. The blue water surface in contrast to the dark slopes works very well here. A beautiful photo.
Have a nice evening,
jemaflor (81460) 2013-03-20 12:38
Good pov on this beautiful landscape, so lovely light capture and vivid coors for the view of lake and moutains.
Miguel82 (21036) 2013-03-20 12:47
Hope you won't mind but there is a mistake it is in Sikkim state, I think you don't pay attention
Anyway it is a detail
"Changu lake" as it is pronounced localy is a wonderful place of eastern himalaya very close to Chinese border
Superb view, excellent sharpness
ACL1978 (7467) 2013-03-20 17:35
Impressive shot, Farhat - a beautiful mountain lake, with what looks like perhaps a mining village at its shore. The bright blue of the water contrasts well with the yellow and orange of the shores. Thanks!
Waylim (25162) 2013-03-20 18:24
Beautiful landscape photo, this is different than most photo from india where there are lot of green and vegetation. It is nice to see different kind of landscape from here.
Silvio1953 (117027) 2013-03-20 23:22
Ciao Farhat, fantastic landscape withlovely lake, nice composition, wondeful bright colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
krzychu30 (15344) 2013-03-21 1:23
I´m glad to decided to post second image from this place...and to present us this beautiful lake.I like its colors and the way it contrasts to the surrounded mountains.Excellently composed and taken!
Have a nice day
Nicou (117362) 2013-03-21 2:53
quel beau lac tout bleu foncé avec cet couleurs chaude quel dessin il fait et ces couleurs, la vue la profondeur, merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
zoomer (6) 2013-03-21 7:28
Hi,this lake is of unreal beauty.Must be the clarity of the atmosphere at this elevation that creates these colors.The army camp is a strong contrast.Friendly regards,Wolf.
mohammad_H (8826) 2013-03-21 8:00
The landscape is very beautiful, with good clarity, placid atmosphere, pleasant and eye-catching, good job
Best wishes for you
pajaran (49023) 2013-03-21 11:28
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o jezeru sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na jezero i naselje ...
Dobar snimak, kontrast, perspektiva, lepe boje.
Lepo jezero i planina.
Very interesting and good text on the lake with a given data ...
Nice view of the lake and the village ...
Good picture, contrast, perspective, beautiful colors.
Beautiful lake and mountains.
All the best.
holmertz (37765) 2013-03-21 11:40
This scenery is beautiful, but it also looks very rough and not entirely welcoming. There are some astonishing colours in the water, as well as on the hillsides. The small village really makes me think of the end of the world. Living here would not be very comfortable. A good and very interesting photo with excellent colours.
elenimavrandoni (14241) 2013-03-21 11:40
A very impressive lake and scenery, very impressive mountains and open horizon! Very beautiful blue of the lake!
P.S. Sorry I didn't answer your e-mail, thank you for your kind words!
jacquest (18227) 2013-03-21 14:30
This is a nice image of this landscape with the distance on the lake giving deepness toward the mountains draped in fog. The colors are well rendered and the POV gives a well balanced composition.
ourania (27306) 2013-03-21 15:13
a very deep, comprehensive and captivating view. The colours and their contrasts are very strong, luminosity and deep hues or shadows alternate superbly in large and small areas. The bold management of light and colours has given to this seemingly desolate view a special allure. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
ChrisJ (94842) 2013-03-22 0:00
I now regret not going to Sikkim when I was in Darj. The warm cold color contrasts between the blue lake and yellow ochre earth are truly striking here. Good sharpness and a marvellous high pov. Well framed and composed with excellent sharpness. Tfs!
delpeoples (52737) 2013-03-22 1:40
Namaskar dear Farhat
A beautiful lake and mountains. I like the colours and the sharpness. There is a little bit of over-exposure in the sky, but this is a small matter and is easily fixed in post-processing.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
adramad (35677) 2013-03-22 8:50
Magnificent explanation in the text, which introduces us to the wonderful view of the landscape with the beautiful lake at a height so amazing, perfect blue waters, the view of the surrounding mountains is fabulous.
Wonderful, the wide range of colors.
Perfect light management and good sharpness.
Beautiful work I love.
Kamilutka (8095) 2013-03-22 11:10
I guess that this is the same place but now the lake makes the whole difference. It adds plenty of life and color to the composition. Very nice result indeed. I also like the huts in the right corner as an eye catching element in the foreground.
Thanks for sharing
Romano46 (16582) 2013-03-22 11:34
quello che proponi in questa foto è un lago glaciale splendido a cavallo tra India e Sikkim che incanta per i suoi colori meravigliosi e per l'imponenza delle montagne che lo circondano .
Uno di quei scenari che lasciano senza parole tanta è l'imponenza degli elementi naturali e che hai saputo fotografare molto bene creando una buona composizione.
D'altronde ai colori ci ha pensato la natura stessa!
Ciao e buon fine settimana
mirosu (12684) 2013-03-23 5:58
This is a beautiful night view to the mountains and the lake. Really an excellent photo, and is a good example of city mountains landscape mode. The well lit mountains and the blue lake water also lend a lovely contrast to the scene. Very well done!!!
kato (11630) 2013-03-23 6:00
You're capturing well this landscape by a good angle and excellent tone, so it's ipressive to see yjr calm/blue lake and the surrounding mountains. Iy's impressive in the colony in the foot of a mountain, too. And, it draws out a good effect in this image for mountain layers.
shevchenko (19051) 2013-03-24 20:15
Good pov and good frame to show the unique geographical feature, beautiful mountain range, village houses and lake on the high sea level, lovely charming view in a sunny day, distinct photo, good shoot.
Didi (55145) 2013-03-26 8:23
The view is magnificient
But I have done a WS to give some better colours on the sky
marina7 (8051) 2013-03-26 10:53
that's a stunning place! Looks wild and stern but the colors are so attractive. Well chosen point of view allowing good depth and showing the scenery at its best.
Thanks and cheers
dale54 (6419) 2013-03-27 11:12
farhat hello, this is one beautifull place,the colors are stunning,love the lake and hills.very nice. dr
pierrefonds (55290) 2013-03-27 15:18
The length of the lake is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the détails and colors of the hills. The good luminosity is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.
Fis2 (82490) 2013-03-28 7:16
I like POV and composition.
Have a nice evening
nikkitta (13556) 2013-03-28 14:02
Just finished a book of travels where I discover this so isolated ex country, it seems annexed to India in 1975
Informative note to add interest at the beautiful capture with the lake as a protagonist
Regards and congrats
siudzi (32703) 2013-03-30 1:11
Wow! what a superb landscape post you have seen and photographed! I'm impressed of the fantastic colors combination of the place as well as those small village captured in the foreground. Superb presentation. Well done! TFS.
macjake (53036) 2013-03-30 8:09
again, i enjoy seeing these far out and away places in India....so different from the usual we see.
I'd love to be able to walk around the small village there.
another interesting subject.
thanks for this one
josepmarin (57591) 2013-03-31 4:30
a good panorama on this blue lake between the mountains.
The simple and traditional architecture of the small village is an interesting graphical complement.
Light and colors managed well.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-04-01 22:32
Very wonderful composition with splendid colors and saturation.Superb atmosphere and background.Well done & thank you very much.
Have a nice day
manrezaei (1837) 2013-04-02 0:51
Never ending your beautiful photos. Very nice scene. Well done.
annjackman (18163) 2013-04-05 23:17
Your viewpoint has given a fascinating landscape picture. I like the deep blue colour of the lake and the interesting array of small buildings in the FG.
Kind Regards, Ann
Robert1969 (6858) 2013-04-06 2:05
I like the open spaces in the picture because that
makes the picture nice calmenss. The layers in it
(land-water-mountain-sky) creates a nice depth.
Hansaphotos (6433) 2013-04-08 2:31
A nice view overlooking the lake and the village. The lake provides a nice colour contrast to what seems to be quite barren landscape. Interesting note to accompany. Great job! TFS. Have a great week.
Best regards, Erling
s_lush (16134) 2013-04-13 6:23
You have made a very good presentation, both visual and textual, of this highly picturesque mountainous place. Good colors, bright light, interesting details and perfect quality of the picture!
clic (14352) 2013-05-01 16:33
Your elaborate explanations as well as this outstanding piece of Bengal are strong incentives for a picture-taking trip in this idyllic location where evident buildings shabbiness seems to be compensated by all those natural pleasures for the eyes!
mcmtanyel (10959) 2013-05-13 14:14
This looks pretty good on my phone. Good color & light management as well as a good composition.
omid266 (3505) 2013-05-13 23:59
Salam , Hello dear Farhat ,
Very nice , Very well done with this photo !
All the Best ,
Very nice Hill & Lake ,
Best wishes from I.R.Iran.
adidas5nb (4502) 2013-05-18 23:58
one hardly sees a pic of changu devoid of any snow around.it could be tibet.great overview pic of the place.nice colors and details.there is so much to see in the pic.
kordinator (14831) 2013-07-15 1:15
Beautiful landscape photo, this is different than most photo from India.
Scenic mountains and intensely blue lake, graet sharpness and eyecatching colors.