After the checkpoint, the road is fantastic! You go through bends and turns in the arid desert with the peaks to give you company. Drivers often don't stop here for pictures as access to the lake is provided only for a few hours in the early morning. (Remember we left Lachen at 3 AM? We reached Gurudongmar around 8.30 AM)
But all this trouble is so worth it! The first sight of the lake fills you with wonder: a jade-blue lake fed by glaciers and changes color every now and then. You might actually not believe your eyes that such a place exists.
Ideally, the lake should've been frozen, but according to local folklore, the lake was a gift to mankind, and never freezes completely. Even in the harshest of winters, a part of the lake is always liquid.
The sun was playing peekaboo, so the lake was switching between squalid gray and brilliant blue! I took a small hike around the small hills in the area--something that most tourists don't undertake considering the effort required to perform simple tasks at such high altitudes.