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.