I have to tell you all, that I have visited a paradise on earth and that is none other than "Gurudongmar Lake".
It is one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 17,100 ft (5,210 m). It lies in the province of North Sikkim, India, only some 5 kilometres & south of Chinese border.(Courtesy:Wiki)
Our tour started early in the morning as we had to reach around 8 am.If not it would get colder and would start snowing after 12pm.I had an oppurturnity to meet the Jawans who help the tourists who come there to tell us the significance of this lake and obviously their main job is to guard the border.They take rotations of 20 days with other Jawans, and breathing is not an easy task for people like us.(So kindly don't exert much when your up there,the oxygen level is less) The Jawans take bath in this cold water and also take a walk around this 7km lake when they get bored,smiles....I would not blame them!!
Gurudongmar Lake is primarily a pilgrimage destination for the Sikhs. During his third journey, Guru Nanak visited this place to provide support to the Karmapa Nyingmapa sects who were forced out of Tibet by the Gelugpa sect. His footprints, a water carrying utensils and a robe is still preserved in Lachen Gompa, a place nearby. There is also a gurudwara at Gurudongmar Lake commemorating Guru Nanak's visit. The lake is named after Guru Dongmar, who is popularly known as Padmasambhava.
(Courtesy :Jawans :-} )