Shungetser Lake in Tawang got a powerful admirer in Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu who recently visited the picturesque lake in Tawang and shared some of the pictures on Facebook.
With weather in Tawang already at its best, the Shungetser Lake is draped in snow as the chief minister is seen enjoying his moments with his family and friends.
The lake, surrounded by lush pine groves, has been quite popular with the tourists. The lake is often called the Madhuri Lake – by the tourist guides – because of it being the location for the Rakesh Roshan’s Bollywood movie ‘Koyla’ wherein actress Madhuri Dixit was seen singing ‘Tanhai tanhai tanhai…’ near the lake.
The lake was created by a flash flood following the 1950 earthquake in the Tawang region.
The locals consider Shungetser as “one of few permanent things in this mortal world”. The etymology of Shungetser is neatly described on a signboard near the lake. It says Shungetser comes from Jang Nga Tseir — Jang Nga means valley and Tseir is grazing ground.
All photos copyright @Pema Khandu