Changu Lake is literally known as the ' source of the lake' in Bhutia language. Located 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 bottomless and is considered sacred by the local people.
It's chill, 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 delightful 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.
Since the Changu Lake is nearby Gangtok, one can easily reach it after landing in Gangtok.
Air: adjacent airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal (124 kms), where flights fly to and fro from Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati. The Bagdogra airpot is connected to Gangtok by a helicopter service operating between Gangtok and Bagdogra.
Rail: There are two nearest railway stations, Siliguri (114kms) and New Jalpaiguri (125 kms ) connecting Sikkim to the important cities of India.
Road: Gangtok is well connected with other parts of Sikkim and the country by weather metaled roads. Hire a private taxi, Jeeps that ply regulary on the Gangtok Siliguri Highway and reach Changu Lake.