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6 Must-Visit Beautiful Lakes in Sikkim in 2020

Updated on January 21, 2020
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Educated as a microbiologist, trained as an editor, a quintessential nomad soul grounded to the earth. Loves anything that touches her soul

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.

— Henry David Thoreau

Bliss of Solitude

The beauty of oceans, seas, and lakes has always awed travelers and the presence of water bodies in higher altitude enhances the beauty of a place. Whenever the brain needs downtime, running to them for the serenity they offer is one of the preferred choices of travelers. A whiff of fresh air soothes the body and calms the mind. These lakes offer a perfect settings for exploring oneself and making an inward journey.

It offers a wonderful opportunity to not only connect with nature but also form a strong bond with oneself and enjoy the bliss of solitude. Additionally, these lakes can be chosen for vacation with friends and family as they are ideal places for unwinding and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Sikkim

Sikkim is an northeastern state of India that is indeed a paradise with a rich treasure trove of wandering clouds, gushing waterfalls, mystic fog, lofty mountains, snowy peaks, mesmerizing lakes, and rich and diverse flora.

Location of These 6 Alluring Lakes in Sikkim

Name of the Lake
Region of Sikkim
Gurudongmar Lake
North Sikkim
Hangu Lake
East Sikkim
Lampokhari
East Sikkim
Khecheopalri Lake
West Sikkim
Elephant Lake
East Sikkim
Tsomgo/Changu Lake
East Sikkim

1. Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim is a sacred lake and is known for its splendor and the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscape. The rugged terrain, snow-clad mountains, and yaks add more beauty to the place, making it look like a fairy land.

Tucked in the mountains, the pristine lake at an elevation of more than 17,000 feet is an epitome of serenity and its mesmerizing beauty is unparalleled. The sight of the reflection of the surrounding lofty mountains on the blue water and fluttering flags is astonishing.

Engrossed in the lake’s beauty, you may want to spend there few hours. But your wish may remain unfulfilled, as the level of oxygen is quite low and its cold and windy.

The pristine lake, snowy peaks, the blue sky create a magical moment
The pristine lake, snowy peaks, the blue sky create a magical moment
The panoramic view of the lake
The panoramic view of the lake

2. Hangu Lake

Have you ever wondered how would it feel to do boating at an altitude of 13,000 feet above the sea level? The cold wind whispering in the ears and ruffling the hair, towering mountains around, and tranquility cease rumination and make you feel contented and happy.

Living in the moment is what the lake in East Sikkim and its surrounding beauty teach. The mind feels rejuvenated and reinvigorated and is in harmony with nature.

Boating at around 13,000 ft above the sea level with lofty mountains in the backdrop
Boating at around 13,000 ft above the sea level with lofty mountains in the backdrop

3. Lampokhari/Aritar Lake

If you are yearning to escape from the madding crowd and immersing yourself in the nature amidst the chirping of the birds, visiting this lake would serve the purpose. The lake in Aritar (East Sikkim) is located at an elevation of 4,600 feet above the sea level and its shape resembles a human foot (or boot). The shape is clearly viewed from the vantage point of Mankhim (the nearby hilltop). So, hiking can be a bonus.

The lake is surrounded by lush greenery and one of the oldest lakes of Sikkim. The water of the lake is green in color that matches perfectly with the surrounding. Dominated by serenity and surrounded by pine trees, the lake offers breathtaking beauty. Sitting in the idyllic settings for long hours doing absolutely nothing and soaking in the nature heal the mind.

There is a small shrine built on the bank of the lake. This peaceful environment cleanses the mind and soul, comforts the fatigue mind, energizes the body, and reacquaints oneself with his/her inner peace. There are many shady seating arrangements along its bank for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the place. Visitors can feed puffed rice to the fishes in the lake and the swans. There are stalls around the lake that sell the food. The other attraction of the lake is boating, but it has specific timings.

You may prefer boating or strolling, but you cannot ignore the temptation to spend some quiet moments in the idyllic surrounding.

Sit or stroll, choice is yours, but you will enjoy every moment here
Sit or stroll, choice is yours, but you will enjoy every moment here
Greenery all around
Greenery all around

Aritar is an ideal stopover for travelers heading to Silk Route from Kalimpong. It is approximately 63 kilometers from Gangtok, around 3 hours of drive.

4. Khecheopalri Lake

The lake in West Sikkim is considered to be a sacred lake and is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. It is originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri (meaning the heaven of Padmasambhava). Its shape appears like a footprint from the vantage point. The lake’s local name is Sho Dzo Sho, which means “Oh Lady, Sit Here.”

The lake is significant from the biodiversity perspective and is home to many fishes. Migratory birds also visit the lake.

The walk to the lake from the entry point is through the forest. It is fantastic and relaxing to walk in the pollution-free environment with greenery around and amidst the chirping of the birds.

A lake jetty leads to the front of the lake from where prayers are offered and you can feed biscuits to the fishes in the lake.

The fluttering prayer flags, amazing scenic beauty, and stunning lake create a peaceful ambience that rejuvenate the mind and body.

The Pelling–Yuksom road leads to the lake situated at an altitude of around 5,600 feet. It is around 34 km and 150 km away from Pelling and Gangtok, respectively.

Serenity dominates
Serenity dominates
The lake houses many fishes
The lake houses many fishes
A biodiversity hotspot
A biodiversity hotspot

5. Elephant /Kupup/Hatipokhari Lake

Situated at an altitude of around 13,000 feet and surrounded by lofty mountains, the lake, also locally called Bitan Cho, offers a breathtaking view. Its shape resembles an elephant and hence called Elephant Lake.

The lake in East Sikkim is away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is located in one of the less traveled roads. It offers a wonderful ambience to listen to the whispers of the heart.

The awestruck view of the winding road, sharp cliffs, misty surroundings, and wandering clouds is a treat to the eyes.

Spending a few moment amidst the quiet mountains and stunning lakes stimulates my connection with nature, as I believe nature is magic and heals all the pains and fills the mind with positivity.

The elephant-shaped lake
The elephant-shaped lake

6. Tsomgo or Changu Lake

Situated at an altitude of 12,000 feet and dotted with mountains, the pristine lake offers an idyllic view. Tsomgo means “source of water” in the Bhutia language.

A legend goes like this that the Buddhist monks in the ancient days used to predict the future by studying the color of the lake’s water.

The lake is located in the ancient Gangtok‒Lhasa trade route. The oval-shaped lake wears different looks in different seasons, making it attractive round the year. The panoramic vista of the lake and the surrounding hills is a feast for the eyes. The lake remains frozen in the winter.

You can enjoy yak safari around the lake and take a cable car ride (ropeway) to witness the beauty of the lake and the adjacent places from the top.

The scenic beauty
The scenic beauty
The pristine lake
The pristine lake
A yak with colored woolen in its horns and Ropeway
A yak with colored woolen in its horns and Ropeway

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;"

— Robert Frost
A
Gangtok :
Gangtok, Sikkim, India

get directions

B
Gurudongmar Lake:
Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim 737120

get directions

C
Tsomgo Lake:
Tsongmo Lake, Sikkim 737103

get directions

D
Hangu Lake:
East Sikkim, Sikkim 737131, India

get directions

E
Kupup Lake:
Elephant Lake, Sikkim 737131

get directions

F
Khecheleopalri:
Khecheopalri Lake, Sikkim 737113

get directions

G
Aritar Lake:
Aritar Lake, Aritar, Sikkim 737133

get directions

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Prantika Samanta

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    • Prantika Samanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Prantika Samanta 

      8 hours ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you, Arunava, for visiting my hub and commenting. I like your suggestion and will write about the other lakes in my future articles.

    • Prantika Samanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Prantika Samanta 

      8 hours ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you, Abitha, for visiting my hub. Glad to know that you have liked my hub. These lakes are indeed beautiful.

    • Abitha Deepak profile image

      Abitha 

      26 hours ago from Chennai, Tamilnadu

      Pranitka,

      It is wonderful to visit these lovely Sikkim lakes through your eyes! What picturesque views!

    • Arunava Mishra profile image

      Arunava Mishra 

      2 days ago from Kolkata

      Excellent informative blog. Here I add few more names which are less popular but beautiful lakes. Those names are: Keushong Lake, Kathok Lake, Sumendu lake etc.

    • Prantika Samanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Prantika Samanta 

      2 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you Sumit. Each lake in Sikkim has a charm of its own. Some of the lakes are glacial and many of the lakes are revered by the people of Sikkim. The spectacular lakes with lofty mountains in the backdrop offer breathtaking views and travelers find these lakes a preferred destination for chilling. But as travelers it is our responsibility to keep the lakes clean and do not disturb the ecological balance. This, in turn, may affect us adversely.

    • Prantika Samanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Prantika Samanta 

      2 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Lakes are the best places to visit and declutter our mind. Tensions, pressures, and stresses have become our companion which lower our morale and impact our confidence. These lakes with lofty mountains in the backdrop calm our mind. Also, the picturesque views of the lakes and the surrounding places are feast for the eyes.

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      Sumit Chakrabarti 

      3 weeks ago from Kolkata

      Another outstanding travel content piece! I really did not have any idea that Sikkim has so many lakes! My notion has always been that the state, being a mountainous region, has numerous mountains only. All the lakes seem to have clear and pristine water. I have particularly liked the first one, Gurudongmar Lake as the picture simply looks stunning with a snow-capped mountain range in the background. The write-up has perfectly illustrated the trip with beautiful words and even more beautiful images. Loved it!

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      Avyukth Krishna 

      3 weeks ago from Bangalore

      I've always been intrigued by lakes . There's something about them that just makes even the most troubled minds , calm and serene. Through this article i learnt about a variety of lakes at different altitudes and also the ways to explore them . Thank you so much . I think every nature lover should read your articles to discover new places of visit ..

    • Prantika Samanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Prantika Samanta 

      3 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you, Prateek. Famous for its picturesque landscapes, snow-clad mountains, diverse flora and fauna, Sikkim also has beautiful high-altitude lakes. The land has something to offer to all kinds of travelers. It's a romantic getaway, ideal for family vacation, and paradise for trekkers or ridge walkers or hiking enthusiasts. If travelers looking for group trips or slow traveling or adventures, Sikkim should be kept in mind. River rafting and para gliding are also the other attractions of Sikkim. Glad that you have liked it and, if possible, explore the land and soak in the nature.

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      Prateek Jain 

      3 weeks ago from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

      Already I have read and loved your many articles in visit to Sikkim, Gangtok and many lakes out there. Very well presented mam. You have the magic to turn every topic interesting. Also you have included maps over there which gives the visitors an extra help in reaching the target point.

    • Prantika Samanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Prantika Samanta 

      6 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you, Nitin. I am glad that you have liked the article. Please do visit Sikkim and witness its mesmerizing beauty.

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      Nitin Khaire 

      6 weeks ago from Mumbai

      What a beautiful article describing the wonderful places you have visited. I love the serene lakes and majestic mountains in your images. This article motivates me to visit these places at least once in my lifetime.

    • Prantika Samanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Prantika Samanta 

      6 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you so much and I am glad that you have liked the article. The lakes are beautiful and they will not disappoint you.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 weeks ago from Dubai

      Lovely images and descriptions. I enjoyed reading about these lakes, hope to visit these someday.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      6 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      You are most welcome.

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      Maxwell Kamlongera 

      6 weeks ago

      Thank you, Prantika!

    • Prantika Samanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Prantika Samanta 

      6 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you so much, Maxwell. Glad to know you have liked the article. would suggest April and May and October to early December would be the ideal time to visit the place.

    • Prantika Samanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Prantika Samanta 

      6 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you, Murali. Im glad that you have liked it. October and November are ideal months to visit the places.

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      Maxwell Kamlongera 

      6 weeks ago

      I enjoyed the read alongside the pictures! All the lakes are quite beautiful.

      Which would be your top recommendation of the pick, and is there a time of the year where it's best to visit these lakes?

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      6 weeks ago from South India

      Hi Ms Prantika, lakes are very beautiful. It may be chilling now, let me pay a visit during the summer or next October-November. Your article is very nicely written and engaging. Thank you.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      6 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you so much. I am glad that you have liked the article.

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      Liz Westwood 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      This is a very well-illustrated and well-structured article. You have showcased these lakes very well.

    • Prantika Samanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Prantika Samanta 

      7 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you so much.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      7 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you so much.

    • Prantika Samanta profile imageAUTHOR

      Prantika Samanta 

      7 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you so much.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      7 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      Thank you so much.

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      Abhay singh 

      7 weeks ago from mumbai

      Great and awesome details about the best places.

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      Vidya21 

      7 weeks ago

      Excellent article, Prantika. Beautiful place.

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      Rohan 

      7 weeks ago

      Wow !! amazing content .

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      7 weeks ago from India

      Awesome Prantika,beautiful place,lovely article.

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