Gangtok: Cho-Lhamu lake, located over
18,000 feet above sea level in North Sikkim, has been declared
the highest lake in the country after a survey conducted by
the central government.
The Wetland Atlas, prepared by the Ministry of
Environment and Forest, has stated that Cho-Lhamu is the
highest lake in the country and the sixth highest lake in the
world, state Tourism Minister Bhim Dhungel said here today.
The Teesta river, stated to be the lifeline of Sikkim,
has its origin in Cho-Lhamu lake, located near the Donkiala
pass and only about five km from the Indo-China border.
Dhungel said the recognition for Cho-Lhamu lake would
boost the tourism industry of the state.