Altitude 3,753 m (12,313 ft)
Tsomgo is made of two words ‘Tso’ meaning “lake” and ‘Mgo’ meaning “head” which gives the literal meaning as “source of the lake”
Adorned with many myths and legends, Changu Lake offers one of the most spectacular landscape views in Sikkim. The generous nearby mountains provides water from its snow to the gorgeous lake throughout the year. The enchanting lake remains frozen up throughout winters. In spring season rhododendrons, blue and yellow poppies, various species of primulas, irises welcomes the lake water creating a breathtaking effect.
Generous surrounding mountains provide water to the gorgeous lake by melting its snow, which induced local to name it Changu, which means source of water. Along with humans the lake is often visited by Brahmini Ducks and other variety of species of birds.
Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim of the Indian state of Sikkim, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the capital Gangtok. Located at an elevation of 3,753 m (12,313 ft), the lake remains frozen during the winter season. The lake surface reflects different colours with change of seasons and is held in great reverence by the local Sikkimese people. Buddhist monks prognosticated after studying the changing colours of the lake
The lake is surrounded by steep mountains which are covered with snow during winter. During summer the snow cover melts and forms the source for the lake. The lake which remains frozen in winter season, some times extending up to May, receives an average annual precipitation of 1,183 millimetres (46.6 in) with temperatures recorded in the range of 0–25 °C (32–77 °F).
Tourist attractions at the lake site include joy rides on decorated yaks and mules where kiosks offer variety of food and drinks. There is also a small Shiva temple on the bank of the lake.
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Tsongmo Lake a.k.a. Changu Lake falls in the restricted area and hence an inner line permit is required by tourists to visit this place. Foreign nationals require special permits to visit this lake. The lake is about 1 km. Long, oval in shape, 15 meters deep and is considered sacred by the local people. It’s cool, placid water harmonizes with the scenic beauty around. A small temple of lord Siva is constructed on the lakeside. This placid lake remains frozen during the winter months. The local people operate tea shops and places to eat and also keep snow boots and warm clothing for hire and rental.
Morning hours are the best time to visit the lake as the weather changes in the afternoon either covering the lake with fog or frequent showers to avoid sightseeing.
- Maintain the serenity and tranquility of the lake.
- Avoid littering the surroundings of the lake.
- No removal of plants or objects found in the lake area as they are sacred.
- Maintain outdoor ethics, no trampling of fragile alpine vegetation.
- Avoid making loud noise, drinking and smoking.