The lake fed by glaciers is located to the north of the Kanchenjunga range in a high plateau area connected with the Tibetan Plateau. The lake provides one of the source streams which joins the Tso Lahmu and then form the source of Teesta River. China is 5 km (3.1 mi) to the border on the east. The lake remains completely frozen in the winter months from November to Mid-May. The lake has an area of 118 hectares (290 acres) and its peripheral length is 5.34 kilometres (3.32 mi).However, the size of the lake appears small at the place where the devotees offer worship but the larger part of the lake is not visible due to hilly topography obstructing the complete view at this location.The area surrounding the lake, also known as Gurudongmar, is inhabited by Yaks, blue sheeps and other wildlife of high altitude. This fresh-water lake, which once used to have very clear water, with even the bed of the lake being visible from the surface, now appears in white colour on account of local pollution.
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