A long trek and holy dip in Nepal's Gosaikunda Lake - in pictures
Gosaikunda Lake is one of the highest and most visited Hindu pilgrimage sites in Nepal and India.
Sitting some 4,380 metres above sea level in Langtang National Park, it is believed that taking a holy dip in the cold water releases one people from all the sins they have committed.
According to Hindu mythology, in the Samudra Manthan legend, poison was released into the world and to save it the God Shiva swallowed it and kept it in his throat. He then thrust his trishul (holy trident) into a mountain to extract water so that he could soothe his throat.
Since then, Hindus believe that Lord Shiva has been sleeping under Gosaikunda.
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Updated: September 11, 2018 03:25 PM