Gurudongmar Tourism
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Gurudongmar Tourism

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  • State: Sikkim
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
Located at a height of 17,500 feet, Gurudongmar Lake is popular as one of the highest lakes in the world. The lake lies adjacent to the Tibetan plateau on the northern side of the Khangchengyao Mountain in North Sikkim. In ancient times, the lake remained frozen all the time and hence, there was no source of water in the area.

According to legend, once Guru Padmasambhava, who brought Tantric Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century, passed through the region. On his arrival, local residents pleaded him to provide them with a source of water. As Guru Padmasambhava touched certain portions of the lake, the snow melted. Till now, the portions touched by him do not freeze even in extreme winters. Since then, the water of the lake is considered sacred by Buddhists and Hindus.

The main attraction near the lake is Sarva Dharma Sthal, which is a place of worship for people of all religions. Gurudongmar Lake can be visited by only tourists of Indian nationality. Lachen, which is about 120 km away from Gangtok, forms the base for Gurudongmar Lake. Tourists can reach Lachen by taxis from Gangtok or by buses from Mangan.     

Additionally, Gurudongmar can also be visited as a part of a North Sikkim Package Tour, which is organised by authorised travel operators. The best time to visit this lake is from March to June and again from November end to December.
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Wriddhi Majumder

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"The best place in Sikkim-Gurudongmar"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Gurudongmar is a lake in North Sikkim. Situated above 17000 ft, it is the best location in Sikkim. We went there from Lachen. Generally, the journey to the lake begins around 3 am in the morning and it takes 5 hours to reach the spot. The condition of road is pathetic and the journey is quite exhausting. However, its serene and magical once you reach the spot. Don't smoke or run at the spot as it may cause breathing problem. Try to book a sharing tour from Gangtok itself. The packages consist of flooding, lodging and transport and are quite reasonable.
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Samrat Gupta

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"Blue is the colour of serenity and Gurudongmar lake"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 3, 2015
As the sun prepares to wake up, the nature is up for a welcome. A fire in the snow as you travel through the snowcapped mountains from lachen to visit the gurudongmar lake. Located 15000 ft above the sea level, this place is a definition of serenity by itself. The crystal clear water turned blue, thanks to the perfect reflection of the clear blue sky above, surrounded by snow caps will make you feel out of the world.

How to Reach: Reach Gangtok (sikkim) via new Jalpaiguri (West Bengal). Every Hotel in Gangtok provides conducted tour to the lake. You have to start around 9 am in the morning from gangtok to reach Lachen by late afternoon. Road conditions are not good. Sikkim is still recovering from the devastating earthquake. Sometimes you have to wait for hours in the road. However, the scenic beauty will take your breath away. A night's stay in Lachen. Start for Gurudongmar from Lachen at around 4 am in the morning.

As every good things come with a price tag, this place is no exception. The air is extremely thin. Do not go with children or people with weak heart & breathing troubles. If you are a smoker, try not to smoke from the day before visiting the lake

Things to Carry: heavy winter garments, popcorn (no joking), chewing gum. There is an army base there and a cafe maintained by them (worlds highest). They are ready to help, let there be slightest discomfort. So nothing to worry.
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Mainak Ghosh

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"Beauty of the Upper Himalayas"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 7, 2015
If you are a nature lover and you love mountains, then you must visit this place at least once in your lifetime. The upper Himalayas and the beauty of the Lake will mesmerise you. Option for food is very limited - Roti/Rice, Dal, Eggs, Chicken for Lunch and Dinner. Bread, Butter, Jam and Tea for Breakfast is all your are going to get. This is a tough journey as the road condition is very bad. Please carry warm clothes with you as it is very cold and temperature will be below 0 degree Celsius. Carry Bottled water and Chocolates. If you have a weak heart condition or asthma then it is better not to visit this place. This is only a suggestion from my end.
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Jay Patel

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"Heaven on earth-Gurudongmar"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 31, 2015
Superb place to visit love this place amazing climate, beat place for honeymoon couple silence speaks many words there. Lovely place and most amazing place in Sikkim one should visit it before dying. Lifetime experience the air in your ears tells many things. One will feel true Mother Nature.
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Subham Pramanik

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"Life time experience!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 26, 2015
It's located 68 km away from Lachen, a small hamlet of North Sikkim. You have to reach there as early as possible, preferably between 8 to 9 am. After that weather fluctuates heavily. Though we had breathing problem due to high altitude and a tiring journey throughout as the road was uneven. But finally the way we exclaimed after the 1st glimpse of the lake was both spontaneous and overwhelming. I don't have enough words to explain the serenity of that place. It's amazing and probably my best travel experience so far.
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Abhishek Jain

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"Only Indians allowed!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2015
A must visit place for Indian as foreigners are not allowed there. Landscape with awesome views, exiting ways on hight at around 17,000 ft, you have to wake up early to reach there as I don't think cars are allowed after 11 or 12 in the noon because speed of air increase to risky level.
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"Experience the amazing snowfall"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 6, 2014
Encountered unusually heavy snowfall on the way and had to cancel the trip till the weather improved. We resumed journey after two days. Lake is very sacred and located in a remote place. Except military, hardly anyone lives on that entire stretch. We found snowfall more enjoyable than the lake itself.
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"Must see Destination before you Die"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 22, 2013
Well, Gurudongmar Lake will fall in the list "of the must see destination before your die" of India. It is heavenly, mesmerizing, serene, mind blowing. The journey to the lake itself is a nature lover's delight.
I am not repeating the much repeated details of this destination. It cannot be described or reviewed, some places are there you need to go and feel it. Only one restriction, children below eight years are not allowed. Please go ahead and visit it in summer, satisfaction and bliss guaranteed.
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Paras Tanna

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"Not just a holy lake, much more than..."

  • Posted Aug 26, 2013
Gurudongmar lake is situated in North Sikkim. It is believed to be holy lake for Sikh and other religion and believed to be curing many diseases with its water. It is surrounded by snow clad mountains. Heavenly.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You need to pack your lunch from Lachen as no restaurants are available on lake.

Activities & things to do: There is a Sikh Shrine there on the bank of the lake. You can not do any activity as it is high altitude lake but it gives you immense peace and calm on visiting the lake.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: It is high altitude lake so be cautious and careful for AMS. Preferably start taking Diamox in advance after consultation with your physician to increase breathing and avoid AMS. Even if you feel AMS, start descending immediately.
Regular MPV taxis ply from Gangtok to Lachen to Gurudongmer with night halt in Lachen. But if you want to take your own car, you will have to convince the tourism dept of Sikkim. And it can be really tough. I had traveled in my own car and the experience was simply bliss. One of the most enriching experience of life. The rhodon flowers on the way to Gurudongnmer adds to the beauty of the journey and if you are lucky enough, you will be greeted with Snow fall as well.
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"The dream Gurudongmar Lake"

  • Posted May 7, 2013
When our car stopped and I saw the lake, I was just stunned. Cant narrate its amazing.
The lake was frozen and the panoramic view was fabulous.. Me and my friend take of our shirt and playing with stone over the lake. Our driver said cant go forward much if ice break and you fall in water you are in a very big problem.When sun shine is much high then ice breaking its really beautiful.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Nothing

Activities & things to do: Nothing. Just feel the beauty of the Lake

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Because it is 17500 ft you will very fit to reach there. Breathing problem is common in Gurudongmar. I suggest take pop corn and chuing gum with you always relax not doing much activites
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