This picture was taken in Sikkim on the banks of Tsomgo Lake which is at an altitude of 3753 mts. The locals call it Changu lake and worship it as a holy place. In the olden days, Tsomgo Lake was an important stop on the Gangtok-Lhasa trade route between Sikkim and Tibet. It is a popular tourist destination in Sikkim and is not close to habitation today. A three hour ride on a rocky mountain road from Sikkim gets you to Tsomgo Lake.
It was a December when we visited the place and despite the afternoon hour, it was freezing. There was a cold wind blowing and all my focus was on keeping the baby warm. Suddenly, we heard voices… voices rising together in the sweet melody of songs. I could not recognise the songs or even the language they were sung in. I have no clue if they were being sung in worship of the lake, of mature or merely the music. All I know is the songs helped us focus on something else other then the cold and then we began to enjoy the beauty of the place.
At a holy lake, in the middle of nowhere, we reconnected with nature… thanks to these singers…
When I saw The Daily Post photo challenge for this week, I wanted a photo with a different type of gathering… one we do not see everyday. Then I remembered this picture and said to myself, this is it!