Tsongmo Lake (also called Changu Lake or Tsomgo Lake) is a large lake in the East Sikkim district of the Indianstate of Sikkim. Etymologically"Tso" means lake and "Mgo" means head, thus literally meaning "source of the lake" in the Bhutia language. The cerulean lake is about forty kilometres away from the capital Gangtok at an altitude of 3,780 m (12,400 feet). It is oval-shaped, with a length of about one kilometre and has an average depth of fifteen metres. The tarn with its refulgent waters is situated on the Gangtok-Nathula route.
Tsongmo lake is declared a sacred lake by the local Buddhist and Hindu population. During the winter months, the lake freezes over. It is fed by the melting snow during the summer months from May to August. Flora around the lake include the rhododendron, the state tree, primulas, iris and poppies. The Brahminy ducks, red panda and migratory birds frequent the lake. Due to the heavy promotion of tourism in the state, many locals have set up shop here offering yak rides, yak cheese, trinkets, and local curios.
Encyclopaedia of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
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