Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok
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Tsomgo Lake

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Tsomgo Lake is located 35 km away from the city on the Gangtok-Nathula highway. This highway is also a part of the old route that links India and China. Worshipped by Sikkimese, this holy lake is approximately 20 km away from the Nathula Pass, while located at a distance of around 400 km from Lhasa.

The water in this lake has been accumulated from the melting snow on the mountains located nearby. The river Lungtze Chu originates from this lake, which meets Rangpo-chu down its course. According to the history, the colour of water of this lake was studied by Lamas so as to forecast about the future. They believed, if the water had a dark tinge, it indicated an year full of trouble and unrest in the state.

Tsomgo Lake is located in the restricted area for which tourists require an Inner Line Permit. This permit can be obtained from the Police through the travel agent or Tourism Department. During the winter months, the entire lake gets fron.

Tourists can also witness a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built on the lakeside. In addition, around the Tsomgo lake, primula flowers and other alpine plantation are also grown. Tourists can also take a stroll on the footpath along the lake, which leads to a resting shed located at a distance of around half a kilometre.

The best time to visit this lake is from March to late May and from October to mid-December.
 

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Sandeepan sadhukhan

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  • Sandeepan sadhukhan
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1687 readers

"Good sightseeing place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This lake is frozen during the winter season. This place is very cold so wear warm clothes to protect yourself from the shivering weather. Yak rides are available in this place.
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Himanshu Shekhar

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  • Himanshu Shekhar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  344 readers

"Over-hyped place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The lake is barricaded from all sides and one can't even click a good picture from there. Only yak ride is available nearby, to get a good look of the lake, go 2-3 kms up the hills. Visit this place in before noon and after that all you can see is fog.
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Sāswat Ghosh

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  • Sāswat Ghosh
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  373 readers

"Try to visit on the first day itself"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
You have to book a cab one day earlier or on early morning on the day of visiting. The cab driver would make the permit for you. You may get permit upto Tsomgo lake only or upto Nathula Pass and Baba Mandir if weather is fine. Nathula Pass is China border. Baba Mandir is only a simple small temple in name of a soldier. You may visit on sharing basis as well, but you have to find such cab at taxi stand a day earlier or some of the tour agencies can do that. Otherwise it is expensive for a single couple. Small cars are not recommended. A family of 5-7 people can hire luxury cars like innova, xylo. For sharing you will get bolero, sumo and max. You will get shoes and gloves on hire near the lake. You must take the boots as everything there is wet and cold when there is snow, you must go around 8am, by 10am they restricts entry of the vehicles at one point. On the first day only you should try to visit this place else you may not get the chance.
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Biswajeet Mishra

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  • Biswajeet Mishra
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 194 photos
  • 31 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  40668 readers

"Beautiful snowy place in Gangtok"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Tsomgo Lake is a very beautiful snowy place in Gangtok, couples or friends can really enjoy a lot and before going I suggest you must travel with heavy woolen as temperature may fall below -10.
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Praveen

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  • Praveen
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2538 readers

"A beautiful place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's a beautiful place, but only can see when there is clear weather. If there will be rainfall or cloudy weather, the lake is not easily visible due to fog.
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Abhishek Dhirahi

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  • Abhishek Dhirahi
  • Lives in Korba
  • 51 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  8436 readers

"Beautiful lake"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was the best sightseeing experience I ever had. Not only the destination but also the journey was exceptional. Beautiful lake and beautiful weather make up for the tough journey. Absolutely divine. A must visit.
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Dilip

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  • Dilip
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  747 readers

"Good sightseeing place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its good looking place and you have carry jerkins must. And location is very beautiful. Especially lake very attractive. Available of yak also. Summer day time it is good looking.
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Arpit .

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  • Arpit .
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  871 readers

"An awesome experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lake is good for sightseeing and yak ride. Other than that you will not find anything to eat or drink. So please take the things in well advance. No boats nothing. You can just feel the silence submerged within this lake.
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Vipul raj Singh

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  • Vipul raj Singh
  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1036 readers

"Beautiful experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Beautiful experience of snowfall and ride of Yak. Better to visit in the first half as snowfall/rain starts after 12 noon or 1 O'clock. Morning hours are normally sunny and sun reflection through the lake creates a lovely scene.
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Deepak Yadav

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  • Deepak Yadav
  • 251 photos
  • 31 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  5696 readers

"Water surrounded with snow"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I suppose we were at the right place at the Right time, I mean February end. There was enough ice all around the lake to make it a wonderful experience. I haven't seen such beauty in all my life. A clean and crystal clear lake between ice covered mountains and believe me it was cleanliness everywhere be it the lake or the area where all tourists and local people were standing and taking pictures of the lake or scenic beauty scattered everywhere your eyes can see. The majestic and beautifully decorated yaks were roaming with their owners waiting for people willing to take a pic sitting or riding on them, obviously for a small charge. In all it was an experience worth seeing with you all. Do visit the lake on the way to nathula pass. But remember to take the permit in advance which your tour operator will easily take for you.
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