6 Must-Visit Beautiful Lakes in Sikkim in 2020
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.
Where would you prefer to go for a family vacation or a solo trip?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
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