|Copyright: BHASKAR CHOWDHURY (b4u2009) (21)|
|Date Taken: 2007-01-09|
|Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ18|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-08-20 5:23|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Changu Lake is literally known as the ' source of the lake' in Bhutia language. Situated around 35 kms away from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, this calm lake is located at an altitude of 12,310 ft on the Gangtok Nathu La highway. |
The lake is about 1 km. Long, oval in shape, 15 meters deep and is considered sacred by the local people. It's cool, placid water smoothly merges with the scenic beauty around.
This placid lake remains frozen during the winter months up to mid-May.
The lake has charming Alpine forests, which is home to some rare animals like the Red Panda, Brahminy ducks and variety of birds. Between the month of May and August one can see a variety of flowers blooming like the Rhododendrous, various species of Primulas, Blue and Yellow Poppies, Iries etc.
NOTE : Foreigners are not allowed to visit Changu Lake and the Indian tourists are allowed only if they have inner permit, since the Lake falls in the restricted area.
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