Photographer's Note

Gurudongmar Lake or Gurudogmar 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 Chinese border.

The lake remains completely frozen in the winter months from November to Mid-May.

The lake is considered one of the most sacred lakes by the Buddhist and Hindus.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 Lhamo Lake, lies some 5 km (3.1 mi) to the east. One can seek permission from the army to trek from Gurudongmar Lake to Tso Lhsmo Lake.

The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava - who had brought Tantric Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century.
Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism religion, visited many of the places where Padmasambhava prayed at, including this lake in North Sikkim. According to a legend, since the lake used to remain frozen all the time, it was not possible to use it's water for drinking purposes, When the Guru Padmasambhava passed by, the local residents approached him for providing source of water in the area. on local people's request for water guru Padmasambhava , with his 'DANG' (a long stick) broke upper layer of ice & said,"water of this lake will never freeze".people named this lake guru dang mar. mean:created with the dang of guru.Since water of the lake is considered sacred, visitors carry the "holy" water in the bottles.

Reaching Gurudongmar:

Gurudongmar Lake is about 8 or 9 hours drive from Gangtok on very rough road to Lachen, where you can stay over night and visit Gurudongmar Lake early in the morning and back. March to June or November end to December end is best time to visit Gurudongmar Lake. Due to the extremely inhospitable surrounding terrain and the difficulties associated with reaching the place, the lake sees only a handful of visitors each year.

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  • Copyright: Avishek Das (thsisneo4u) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 19] (57)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-12-30
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-06-18 22:08
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