One of the highest lakes in the world, Gurudongmar Lake is set at an altitude of 17,100 ft (5,210 m). The lake is set near to the India-China border. The lake is considered one of the most sacred lakes by both Buddhists and Hindus.
The beautiful lake remains milky in color throughout the year. Earlier, the lake remained frozen all the time and there was no water source in the place. It is believed that once Guru Padmasambhava, who brought Tantric Buddhism to Tibet, passed through this region. On his arrival, people asked him to provide them with a source of water. When he touched some parts of the lake, the snow melted. Since then, water of the lake is considered sacred and people from different parts of the world come here to carry the blessed water. Tourists need to get special entry permit for visiting this lake.
Frequently Asked Questions about Gurudongmar Lake
Ques: Any special note for travelers for visiting Gurudongmar Lake?
Ans: Due to proximity to the Chinese Boarder, landmines are not uncommon and presence of Indian Army is ubiquitous. Due to high altitude breathing problems may also arise. Tourists are suggested to spend less time at the high altitude and come down to Lachen soon.
Ques: Can Gurudongmar be visited in January?
Ans: If you love adventure then you can test your body at its extreme level, just pack some heavy woolen clothings. The journey from Gangtok to Gurudongmar lake via lachen is very adventurous.
Ques: Why Gurudongmar Lake is famous?
Ans: Gurudongmar is considered sacred by Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus. The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava—also known as Guru Rinpoche—founder of Tibetan Buddhism, who visited in the 8th century.
Ques: Foreigners can visit Gurudongmar Lake?
Ans: No, foreigners can't visit Gurudongmar Lake due to its proximity to the Chinese border. They can go up to Thangu.