GOSAINKUNDA LAKE ( FROZEN LAKE IN NEPAL)
Gosainkunda Lake is one of the important holy sites of Nepal. The alpine freshwater lake lies at an altitude of 4350 m above sea level. Gosainkunda is situated in Syapru VDC of Rasuwa in the Bagmati zone and carries natural and religious significance. It is an important religious conservation area in the Langtang National Park. According to Hindu mythology, when lord Shiva churned Primordial Ocean to produce elixir of eternal life, the ocean also issued poison. Lord Shiva drank the poison to save the universe, but the poison caused severve burning sensation on his throat. To cool down his burning throat, lord Shiva struck his trident into a rock that took a form of the Goainkunda Lake. A big fair takes place during the Janai Puranima ( The sacred thread festival ) and Dasahara every year. Manytourists trek to Gosaikunda and the Langtang Himal through the scenic route that starts from Sundarijal in Kathmandu as well Dhunchhe of Rasuwa. Gosainkunda lake lies at high altitude, close to the mountain and remains frozen during the winter. Gosainkunda is famous for its biological diversity and is supposed to have 105 ponds around. Bhairavkunda, Amakunda, Suryakunda, Sarawaitkunda are popular lakes in the region.