Sikkim: Sanglaphu Lake open for tourists

To mark the opening of the lake, a prayer ceremony was conducted by the Monks of Samten Choling Monastery in Lachung.

GANGTOK-   The Sanglaphu Cho ( Sanglaphu lake )  located at an altitude of 5,080m (16,670 ft) and  5 kilometres far from Yumesamdong in north Sikkim, is now officially open for tourists. This picturesque lake holds great religious significance. The Sanglaphu lake  is known as the “Great Lake” among local people who consider it sacred and worship it.

To mark the opening of the lake, a prayer ceremony was conducted by the Monks of Samten Choling Monastery in Lachung.

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The event was attended by various dignitaries, including Pipon,  Lachung Dzomsa, the president of the Lachung Hotel Association, executive members of the Lachung Hotel Association, the president of the Driver Association, and members of Lachung Dzomsa.

Lachen and Lachung in Sikkim have traditional administrative institutions known as dzomsas and the headman is known as pipon.

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  • tourists have been advised not to bring in any form of single-use plastic, including tetra packs.
  • Currently, only 4×4 vehicles are advised to access the lake, but as the snow melts, it will gradually become accessible to all types of vehicles.
  • Spitting is not allowed in the lake area and those violating it will face strict action,” the source added.

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Sanglaphu is a mountain peak with an altitude of 6,224m in the northeast of Sikkim. On the peak’s western side, water flows from the Gurudongmar glacier into the Gurudongmar lake, which is one of the highest lakes in the world. Located at an altitude of 5,425m (17,800ft), the Gurudongmar lake is the main source of the Lachen stream that feeds the Teesta.

Sikkim, which sits on the India-China border, has two more lakes which are popular tourist destinations.

One is the Khecheopalri lake, originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri which is situated amidst pristine forest at an altitude of 1,700m (5,600ft) near Khecheopalri village. The lake is around 150km west of Sikkim capital Gangtok in the western part of the state.

The other is the Tsomgo (Chhangu), a glacial lake in the eastern parts of the state.


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