Shey Phoksundo Lake: Surrounded with emanating tranquillity
10th Oct, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
DOLPA, Oct 10: Shey Phoksundo Lake lies right beneath the pristine Mt Kanjirowa in all its majestic glory. Surrounded with pure, serene and emanating tranquillity the lake located near the Rigmo village of Dolpa district. It has never failed to mesmerize the visitors with its divine beauty.
There are more than 20 stupas in the southern belt of the lake. There is a gompa in the eastern side of the lake, where annual prayers are carried out. On the lake’ southern end, the village of Ringmo sits on the 30,000-40,000-year-old landslide dam that formed the lake. Past the dam, the waters of the lake plunge over a 167-meter tall waterfall called Phoksundo Waterfall. One can observe the traditional Tibetan culture in Upper Manang and the Buddhism and Bon-Po in Lower Dolpa, including the Ringmo village.
Shey Phoksundo is considered to be a holy place by the Buddhists living in Dolpa region and around. Hence, one is not allowed to soak in the aquamarine water of the lake. Even then, the lake is worth a watch.
Shey Phoksundo National Park just nearby is another reason to visit this lake. The national park is the largest national park with an area of 3555 sq km. The park has several varieties of flora and fauna. It also protects several endangered animals like the musk deer and the snow leopards.