Gurudongmar Lake in Gangtok
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Feb - Apr
About Gurudongmar Lake in Gangtok
Located at a height of 17100 feet above sea level, Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim is the second highest lake in India. Needless to say, with an altitude of such magnitude, the lake defies all description. Located just about 5 kms south of the Indo-China border and about 190 kilometers from the capital city of Gangtok, the lake has a massive shore length of about 5.34 kilometers and a surface area of about 118 hectares. The lake also provides a beautiful view of Mount Siniolchu and Khanchendzonga among other snow-capped mountains. It acts as a source to the river Teesta. Reaching Sikkim Gurudongmar Lake takes around 8-9 hours by road from Gangtok to reach Gurudongmar Lake. The lake is located en route Lachen, a small town in North Sikkim. A night stay at Lachen is recommended before heading for the lake. It takes around 3-4 hours to reach the lake from Lachen. Visit to the Lake requires a permit due to its proximity to the Indo-China border.
The lake has a religious significance for both Sikhs and Buddhists. A surprising fact about the lake is that even in extreme winters, a part of it never freezes. Named after Guru Dongmar, the lake is said to be blessed carrying curative properties. It is a common practice for tourists to carry the water back with them. The Sarva Dharma Sthala is another spiritual attraction close to the lake. It is a temple for all religions. About 9 kilometers away is the Tso Lhamu Lake which is the source of the Teesta River. It adds to the majestic experience.
The best time to visit the lake is between April and June. The weather is quite pleasant then. During the winters, the lake almost completely freezes which is a treat to the eyes. From November to January is also a good time to visit, if one is equipped to handle the cold. A few other famous attractions close by are the Thangu Valley, the Lachen Monastery, the Chopta Valley, and the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.
One can enjoy the local cuisine and choose to go trekking as the lake is a base station for several treks. The hill town of Lachen provides a good shopping experience as well. From handlooms to wooden artifacts, it has a lot to offer. The place is famous for its yak wool clothes, carpets, and other woolen products. The Handicraft Center and the Angora Rabbit Farm are famous shopping destinations for artifacts and woolen clothes. Overall, a visit to this sanctified lake is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.
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Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingTravel agent which coordinate during the trip was good, Also driver who picks up and drop their behavior Good. Hotel was good. Also a place Baba mandir what I expected not found. During the trip I have enjoyed a lot specially snow fall.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - Darjeelingit was my 1st time with backpackers... overall trip was good...but it could have been a lot better planned...there is a lot of room for improvement...u guys are doing a good job...keep it up.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingIt was a fantastic tour to Gangtok and Darjeeling enjoyed a lot Visiting baba Mandir and got a chance to play in ice
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingGreat hospitality and care by our tour organizer....thank you for the team,that ensured our safety and comfort everywhere. We will surely travel together in future and refer our friends too.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingTrip was good. All arrangements are proper. No issues faced. Sikkim is very beautiful place. Every place is unique and lovely.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingKudos to Deep and Mayee for their utmost care and monitoring through the trip.. Very reachable and responsive for any queries and concerns with timely support.. Everything went well as per planned and scheduled iternarary. Transparant and trustable team from tour angle with asoocistion of Travel Traingle. Cooperation of cab drivers and their punctuality is highly appreciated. Also, the cooperation from hotel staff booked by tour angle is great. Overall, made this trip highly memorable in every aspect from begining to end..
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingOverall the trip was good and memorable. I felt arrangements could have been better in few places. - Constantly I felt lack of co-ordination b/w trip anthem and local cab vendors - Cabs services and driver friendliness in Bengal were not up to mark - Darjeeling hotel was rodent infested, avoid booking for others Relished the experience in Sikkim thoroughly
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingThe hotel White Yak at Darjeeling was good and very near to the mall road. The breakfast served was buffet and was really nice. The room was somewhat less spacious and there wasn't any view from the room. The staff was very courteous and helpful. The problem was that the hotel was situated at a very high slope. No old person can be expected to reach the hotel. Even cars weren't able to reach the hotel and someone had to be sent down for luggage. It was really scary to see some cars attempt the slope. The hotel Helia at Gangtok was far from the MG road and I was told that it is at 5 minutes from hotel, which in reality takes around 15 to 20 minutes. If you are tired and back from a sight seeing trip, then forget going for a stroll at MG road. It is a long walk. Also the road to the hotel was always empty in the night. It was scary to return. The staff at Helia was really helpful and offered us all help they could. They gave us umbrella and told us not to buy one. The room was having a great view and we loved the spacious and large room.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingThe communication of the travel agency with the local drivers had some problems which had caused disruptions to our original plan and disappointment during our trip.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingOverall the trip was well organized and executed. Just felt the hotel rating was not appropriate. Hotel in Darjeeling was sold as 3star but I feel it was hardly 2 star. And knowing my requirement i.e. traveling with a 2 kids (1 infant) better accessible hotel should have being recommend. Hotel in Darjeeling was on step height where no taxi driver was ready to go so was very difficult to move in and out of hotel. Tsongo Lake
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Nathula and Gurudongmar Lake are not open to foreign nationals as per the guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India since they are located in the international border areas. Whereas, Indian tourists need permit to visit these areas. Permit for Nathula and Gurudongmar lake are issued by Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. Domestic tourists are to contact travel agents.
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