Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 17,100 ft (5,210 m). It lies in the province of North Sikkim, India, only some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of India-Tibet border. This fresh-water lake is located northeast of the Kangchenjunga range in a high plateau area connected with the Tibetan Plateau. Gurudongmar lake provides one of the source streams of the Teesta River. The source of Teesta, the Tso Lhamu Lake, lies some 5 km (3.1 mi) to the east. The lake remains completely frozen in the winter months from November to Mid-May. Due to the extremely inhospitable terrain and the difficulties associated with reaching the place, the lake sees only a handful of visitors each year. Access is strictly controlled at the Army checkpost at Giagong. The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian Buddhist who conducted rituals here. It is said that this is why, even at the height of winter, one portion of the lake never freezes.
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PixelTerror (0) 2010-06-02 22:46
Nice mountain lake with such crystal clear water that we can see the stones under the surface, good clouds to populate the sky over it
Have a nice day JY
Charo (51210) 2010-06-14 14:27
I guess I get to the lake should not be easy, has a height very important.
Wonderful perspective and colors and excellent atmosphere.
- Copyright: Arijit Ghosh (arijitnet4) (485)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-12
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D90, 12-24mm f/4 Tokina AT-X 124 AF Pro DX
- Exposure: f/8, 1/2500 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2010-06-02 14:08