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Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim, India

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake

Sikkim, India

Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changgu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district 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.

Tsomgo Lake Travel Tips

The lake is formed in an oval shape and has a surface area of 24.47 hectares (60.5 acres). The maximum length of the lake is 836 metres (2,743 ft) and has a maximum width of 427 metres (1,401 ft). The maximum depth reported is 15 metres (49 ft) while the average depth is 4.58 metres (15.0 ft). The lake water quality is of moderate turbidity.

Tsomgo Lake Facts

Alpine forests cover the catchment of the lake. After the winter season ends in middle of May, the periphery of lake has scenic blooms of flower species of rhododendrons (the state tree of Sikkim), primulas, blue and yellow poppies, irises and so forth. Also seen in the precincts of the lake are several species of birds including Brahminy ducks. Wildlife seen includes the red panda. 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.

How to Reach

Flight
Flight By Air

The nearest airport is Pakyong in Sikkim (about 1.5 hours from Gangtok). But we suggest our guests to take the Bagdogra Airport as that is all weather. It is about 4.5 hours from Gangtok. Permit is required to visit Tshomgo Lake.

Train
Train By Train

The nearest train station is at NJP (New Jalpaiguri Station) in Siliguri. It is about 4.5 hours from Gangtok. Permit is required to visit Tshomgo Lake.

Car
Car By Road

It takes about 1.5 hours from Gangtok to Tsomgo Lake. Permit is required to visit Tshomgo Lake.

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