One of the natural wonders in the Indian state of Sikkim is Gurudongmar lake, Situated at the elevation of 17,800 ft (5,430 m). It is 190 Kms away from Gangtok and the nearest place to stay in Lachen. This is one of the highest lakes in the world.
Gurudongmar lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche, who was the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. It is said that he visited the lake in the 8th century. The lake is considered to be very sacred for both the Buddhists and the Sikhs, as it was also visited by Guru Nanak, the spiritual head of Sikhism. The lake is believed to be blessed by both, Guru Padmasambhava and Guru Nanak.
The surprising fact about this sanctified lake is that even in extreme winters, a part of this lake never freezes. The myth behind this is that Guru Dongmar had once touched and consecrated this lake and made it partially frozen throughout the year. The Lake also carries curing properties and offers the amazing view of Mount Siniolchu and Khanchenjunga. Gurudongmar Lake is extremely popular amongst the tourists because of its religious significance, scenic beauty and admirable treks.