TSOMGO LAKE INFORMATION & HISTORY
The Tsomgo lake, Gangtok is a beautiful glacial lake located in the In Indian State of Sikkim. The lake is also called Tsomgo lake or Changu Lake. Which is 40 km from the beautiful city Gangtok which is the capital of sikkim. Is one of the popular lakes for tourists Visiting Sikkim. It is oval in shape which Surrounded by the snow mountains and the bright green alpine forest beside. One of the beautiful lakes and the glacial lake gets its water from the melting of snow. Lake is famous for its changing colour, where the lake is freezed in the winter as the temperature here is below 0° degree.
The lake was famous for changing the colour and was once visited by buddist monks. Who used to predict the future by considering the colour change of the lake. Where a darker tinge of the water indicated a darker or more troubled future. This lake is visited on the Guru Purnima Festival ( Poornima) also celebrated as Raksha bandhan. Where the Jhakris of Sikkim visit the lake to derive benefits from the healing qualities of the lake waters. In Bhutia language “tso” means Lake and “Mgo” means head which literally means Source of Water.
Foreigners have to take special permits to visit the lake. Pass is free of cost but you cannot obtain it online. There are local tour agents to whom you need to approach for the pass and it takes almost 1-2 days for the pass. The Baba Mandir situated on the coast of the lake is also one of the famous destinations where the people visit. This is one popular tourist destination in India where many tourists often visit while they are in Sikki.
Best time to visit
Best time to visit Tsomgo Lake Sikkim is Between months of March to May. As the climate is pleasant and one can enjoy the flora and fauna surrounded by the lake.
As the lake is in the permitted area you need to apply for the permit to visit the lake.