The North Eastern states of India are home to high altitude lakes, few to be named like Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Gurudongmar are at staggeringly huge heights of about 19000 kilometres above the sea level.
These High Altitude lakes have their own charm which insinuates happiness in the visitors. Majority of these lakes are found at Sikkim.Gurudongmar, Cholamu, Tsongmo are the ones which are listed in the most popular 10. The features of these lakes are varied. These fine pieces of nature survive in the high altitudes of sometimes more than -50 degree centigrade. They provide for the water requirements of the local tribal people as well as the tourists.
One of the highest lake in the world, situated at 17,800 ft. in the state of Sikkim, is named after the Buddhist Guru Padmasambhava, who was the founder of Tibetian Buddhism. He visited the lake in 8th century and is thus considered sacred. It is also considered sacred by Sikhs as Guru Nanak also passed through the lake. The lake is merely 5 Kms from the Chinese border and 190Kms from Gangtok. It can be reached by road from Lachen via Thangu.
Tso Lhamo Lake:
The Cholamu lake situated in Sikkim at an elevation of about 5330 metres is one of the highest lakes of world. It can be said to be partly in the tibetian region and partly in the Sikkim Part. This lake is famous as it is associated with Teesta River, one of the most famous high altitude rivers which flows abundantly across plains. More interesting fact about this lake is that it is partly ice and partly water which turns into rock solid ice during winters. Exotic birds from countries like China, Florida flock over this territory.
As weird as its name, this lake surprises one and all with its ability to make survive the fish, which is also a source of Fish Farming, at such a high altitude. The Trout specie exists in intolerable high altitude as this particular lake contains water which melts from the snow form coming from the mountains surrounding Jelepla Pass. This lake is mother of the river Rangpo-chu.
Tsongmo literally means ‘source of river’ in the local language. It is situated at 12000 feet above sea level and roughly 40 kms away from the capital. This lake falls in the restricted area and thus, there is a need of special permission if you plan on visiting it. The Fauna like Red Panda, Brahminy ducks find their habitat around the lake along with Flora specie like irises and poppies popping seasonly.
Well, Most of the lakes in and around might have the same things to be spoken about, so cutting out the mediocre introduction, this lake is a pilgrim favourite given to its Sacred Accolades. Both Hindus and Buddhists constrict this lake for sacred beliefs. This lake is a spot for trekkers to camp, with the vicinity boasting of food and other benefits all together.
Green Lake and Samiti Lake:
The Green Lake has been developing as the foot of mountaineering expiditions in recent times, but alas! As the name goes, there is nothing green to be seen in or around this lake. What once was known as beautiful source of water is now just barren pit muddled between snowcapped mountains. The Samiti Lake on the other hand is a glacial lake in the Onglathang valley which holds water of the perfect blue shade, turquoise. What more than this for a perfect capture of the moment?
Lakshmi Pokhari Lake:
This lake goes definitely by its name, the pristine serenity that it offers to the viewers surely makes them gasp and believe that this might be God’s Abode.
Apart From these lakes there are other lakes such as Bidan Chu Lake etc. which are known for their serenity and beauty. Also one major feature of Sikkim is the Yumthang Valley, this is one place one would definitely want to put in their checklist. The hot springs, fabulous surroundings, and the flora of various species being a part of this Valley.