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Gurudongmar Lake (17,100 feet): for Anna

Gurudongmar Lake (17,100 feet): for Anna
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-20
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Olympus Sp 510uz
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications I have received [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-09 4:46
Viewed: 4767
Points: 12
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Gurudongmar is the land of Yaks, blue sheep and other high altitude animals of Sikkim and Tibet. The snow-fed milky water of the lake is one of the major sources of Tista, the most important river in Sikkim and North Bengal.

The road to Gurudongmar from Thangu passes through the high alpine pastures carpeted with thick rhododendron bushes. One can get a prized view of rare Bramhakamal peeping through the bushes in inaccessible terrain or of a herd of mountain sheep grazing in the distant valley.

At an attitude of 17,100 ft ASL, Gurudongmar is one of the highest lakes in the world. It lies in the North side of the Khangchengyao Range and is encircled all around by snow-covered mountains, the sacred lake freezes during the winters except at one spot, which the devout believe has been specially blessed. The Chinese Tibetan boarder is just a few kilometers away from the lake.

The blessed water of Gurudongmar is believed to posses the miraculous power of granting children to issueless couples. Interestingly, the myth of Gurudongmar is believed as reverentially by the Hindus as by the local Buddhists. Only Indian tourists are allowed to visit Gurudongmar Lake.

The name Gurudongmar is derived from the name of the Sikh Guru Padmasambhava who is thought to have visited Tibet through this area. The area is said to be blessed by Guru Padmasambhava. There is a small temple of the Guru besides the lake.

The terrain leading to Gurudongmar is very hostile and yet very beautiful. The land resembles Tibetan plateau, vegetation is very limited and the road is through stony moraine like unpaved path. Due to high altitude breathing problems are also not uncommon. Despite the hardship and difficulty associated with visiting Gurudongmar lake, a visit to this lake may last as an experience of a lifetime.

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Really beautiful composition, colors and good sharpness...

hello Subhash

another of your beautiful landscape photographys,
fine POV, DOF and appropriate panorama framing,
beautiful soft luminosity and colour tones,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Mr. Subhash,
A beautiful landscape capture of this beautiful scenic lake. Superb composition and lovely colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Subhash,

Very nice landscape and composition. I like the white mountain at the right.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-10 6:21]

Subhash, WoW you are showing one of the best nature pictures and landscapes after you finish off with Andaman. Well done Ganesh

Hallo Subhash
Thanks once again for this delightful dedication. I do apologize for only stopping by it two days after you have posted it. Our internet connection at work went high wire. But as they say: Rather late than never. This image have calmness, tranquillity, peace, and serenity written all over it. I cannot remember when in my own life I have seen such a peaceful landscape for the last time. Actually I cannot think that I have ever seen such a awesome view in real life. The 2 colours of blue captured in the sky and in the water is is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing such an enchanting view and finished it of with my name on it. It is much appreciated.
Best regards

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