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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Arpit .

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  • Arpit .
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  137 readers

"An awesome experience" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 days 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
  • 1 Review
  •  300 readers

"Beautiful experience" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  • 58 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1671 readers

"Water surrounded with snow" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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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Aparajita ray

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  • Aparajita ray
  • Lives in Gangtok
  • 9 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1740 readers

"Excellent View and chilling atrmosphere" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The lake was surrounded by snow during our visit in mid March. Nice scenic beauty with lots of Yaks around the lake. One can take a Yak ride around the lake and enjoy the pristine atmosphere.
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Sandeep kumar Roy

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  • Sandeep kumar Roy
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 38 photos
  • 28 Reviews
  •  54 helpful votes
  •  15383 readers

"Tsomgo Lake - Paradise on Earth" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Whatever trouble one has to take to visit the Tsomgo Lake, it is still worth it due to its serene natural beauty. It is about 1 1/2 hrs drive from Gangtok on winding roads thru Army check post at Mile 3 to reach the lake. The journey gives breath-taking view of snow clad mountains all around. We visited the place in early March 2016 and could experience fresh snow fall. Water in the lake was tending to freeze and there was knee deep fresh snow all around. Proper shoes, gloves, caps & jackets were available on hire and we had a memorable time playing in the snow. Ride on the Yak was another unforgettable experience. We were at the lake for almost 3 hours and could eat some delicious momos & noodles. Half frozen lake, fresh snow all around, surrounded by majestic snow clad mountains has left wonderful memories with us which we are going to cherish for long time.
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Singaravelu

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  • Singaravelu
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  368 readers

"Spectacular place to visit when there is snow" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We were there early in the morning. We were the first people to visit. It took us about 2.5 hours to reach. Luckily the day earlier there was rain and when we visited we witnessed a spectacular brilliant soft snow cover every where. Especially, the lake surroundings were shining due to bright sun. No cold waves. We enjoyed the serene atmosphere and clean snow.

The yak ride was also good. We paid Rs. 350 for the ride per yak. But they demanded Rs, 600-700 pls bargain. But the yak wallas are gentle and well-behaved.
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Mandal

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  • Mandal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  444 readers

"Excellent scenic beauty" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I visited changu lake in early march. I was fortunate to enjoy snow there. The ultimate destiny to visit in west Sikkim is Nathula pass. During this journey first Changu lake and then baba mandir is used to be visited by travelers.
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Sudip banerjee

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  • Sudip banerjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 5 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  6619 readers

"A Must Visit Place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Tsomgo Lake is the awesome place to visit. It is situated about 30 KM from Gangtok. If you want snowfall, then Dec, Jan & Feb is the best time. A prior permission is must from Govt. Of Sikkim. For that you need to carry a Valid ID Proof and photograph.
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Sriram sharma

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  • Sriram sharma
  • Lives in Goa
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  978 readers

"Fantastic Lake"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Just fantastic with snowfall on day. Jackets and shoes are available. A unique room heater is used by all shopkeepers. Yak riding and snap is available!
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Pavan kadam

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  • Pavan kadam
  • 1 photo
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  605 readers

"Beautiful lake in the middle of Snow covered peaks"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
You will definitely love this place if you have never seen snow. The lake was not frozen in March 16 when I visited, but still had beautiful snow covered peaks around. You can visit with your family. Boots and gloves are available there at around 100/50 Rs respectively. You can also get Maggi, coffee, etc. Yak rides are available at the top. It closes at around 2-3PM afternoon.
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