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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Ashish Shukla

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  • Ashish Shukla
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 188 photos
  • 42 Reviews
  •  37 helpful votes
  •  7605 readers

"Awesome lake"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Tsomgo lake is on 13000 ft height that makes it special. The view from here is breathtaking. You can go for Yak ride at Rs. 200. Make a wish by throwing your coin in the lake.
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Sandeepan sadhukhan

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  • Sandeepan sadhukhan
  • 6 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  3849 readers

"Good sightseeing place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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
  • 3 Reviews
  •  618 readers

"Over-hyped place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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
  •  622 readers

"Try to visit on the first day itself"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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
  • 232 photos
  • 33 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  42223 readers

"Beautiful snowy place in Gangtok"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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
  •  3795 readers

"A beautiful place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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
  •  10071 readers

"Beautiful lake"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 3, 2016
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
  • 3 Reviews
  •  999 readers

"Good sightseeing place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 30, 2016
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
  •  1113 readers

"An awesome experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2016
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
  •  1282 readers

"Beautiful experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2016
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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