Magical hues of Pangong Lake

A complete travel guide on the major tourist spot of Ladakh – Pangong Tso Lake. Read on to know what are the things to do and places to visit when you are at the world’s highest saltwater lake.

Ladakh is a Mecca for wanderlusts. Anyone seeking thrill would want to visit here once in their lifetime. The adrenaline rush and cravings to experience a trip of being in paradise can be satiated by planning for a Leh Ladakh tour. There are many travel agencies who can set you a leisure trip to Ladakh; however, the real adventure lies in planning the trip on your own if you are yearning to enjoy the best of Leh Ladakh. It’s time to embark on the magical quest and plan your own Leh Ladakh tour.

Situated high in the lap of Himalayas, Ladakh is a perfect getaway destination for travelers looking for a soul-stirring experience. A cult among the rest of the places to visit in Ladakh, Pangong Lake, stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations. Recently after the shooting of the famous Bollywood movie 3 idiots, people all over the world want to visit this lake and experience the beautiful feeling of being in heaven. A large number of people visit Pangong lake souring summers making it the most favorite places to visit in Ladakh

Pangong Tso Lake - Hotspot for Tourists in Ladakh
A beautiful ocean-like saltwater lake situated in the midst of the Himalayas in Ladakh region lies at the Indo – China border. There are no fishes or any other aquatic animal present in the lake. It invites several migratory birds throughout the year, which include a variety of ducks, gulls, and geese. You will also find numerous interesting animals who have made this region their home. 
The Pangong Lake is 5 km wide and 134 km long, and a large part of this region extends into Tibet. The lake freezes during winters and is a popular destination of trekking and mountain climbing. The lake is situated near the line of actual control; you need to acquire an Inner line permit to visit Pangong Tso.

Pangong Tso Lake and its beauty

This beautiful multicolored lake is located about 170 km from Leh city in the district of Jammu and Kashmir. Travelers visit this lake for a one day trip or a two days stay depending on their Leh Ladakh itinerary. It is the highest altitude lake of India at about 14270 feet deep and also known as the biggest lake among the places to visit in Ladakh.

The picturesque landscape around the lake will make you feel extremely happy and calm. Watching such a serene place, in reality, will make your dreams come true. It is a must-go destination for all kinds of travelers, whether you are a nature seeker or looking for leisure, honeymoon, trekking, or mountain climbing. 
Pangong Tso means ‘highest grassland lake’ as locals or shepherds here use the grassland as a grazing ground for their domestic animals.

Popular species like black neck Siberian crane, Bar-headed geese, Waterfowl and other migratory birds are found there. Animals like mountain cows and yaks can be seen in sandy areas. The pristine and crystal clear water of the lake changes different colors during the day time, reflecting sunlight in different colors like purple, blue, green, violet, red, and orange. These colors can be seen on the surface of the lake, making it look like a rainbow, which appears as a painted canvas. The brown beautiful mountains and peaks enhance the beauty of the place to another level. It is a paradise of the picturesque landscape for photography lovers. During your tour to Leh Ladakh, make sure to at least spend a night at this stunning place. Let’s have a look at what are the nearby places to visit in Ladakh and things to do around Pangong Tso Lake.

Places to see near Pangong Tso
Pangong has a historical significance with lots of small gompas and inspirational structures located around the lake, which are more than 1000 years old. There is also a mountaineering school that conducts training in various adventure activities like mountain climbing, trekking, rock climbing, skiing, etc. You can also visit the Thiksey monastery, which is the largest monastery near Pangong Lake. 

Bird watching at Pangong Tso Lake
The region of Pangong boasts an exclusive and distinctive variety of flora and fauna. You can spot the tiny marmots bathing in the burrow, miniature versions of foxes, Tibetan ass Kiangs are also easily spotted given their big heads and horse-like appearance. The brackish water of the lake has no aquatic life with very low micro vegetation. You can spot black neck cranes, brown-headed gulls, and Brahmin ducks on the surface of the lake. Even though vegetation is completely nonexistent, there are some perennial herbs and shrubs which grow around the lake in marshes. 

Camping at Pangong Lake :

The tranquility of the lake makes it perfect for camping. From among the various places to visit in Ladakh, camping at Pangong Lake is perfect, and the most looked forward to. You can opt to stay at the camps nearby, which is equipped with mattresses and attached bathrooms. Tourists look for this thrilling and exciting experience where they get to set the barbeque, place a bonfire and relax and unwind with their friends. The colors of the evening sunset at Pangong are enthralling, and you will be besotted by the beauty of the region. Camping also allows you to step out at night and watch the glittering sky with shining stars in the galaxy. It is an awesome experience when you are bowled over by the mesmerizing charm of Pangong Lake. The sunrise early morning adds to the beauty of the lake, making it a perfect picturesque start to your day with warm, positive vibes.

There are also several homestays nearby if you wish to stay with the locals and know more about their lifestyle. The homestays are budget accommodation, which will provide you basic amenities and a warm stay for the night.

Photography at Pangong Lake:

Photographing the scenic landscapes at Pangong Lake is the most beautiful experience. To take back with you, the memories of this stunning spot will make you go awestruck. Even thousands of pictures are not enough, especially to see the shining sun at its peak and different shades of colors in the lake. This place is indeed one of the most picturesque lakes in the country. 

Enjoying the local cuisine:

Staying at Pangong will let you explore local cuisine as well. Momos and Chowmein are famous eateries post the 3 idiots movie. Momos are definitely worth a try as you will find a variety of momos with different stuffing. Chutagi, Thupka and Stew are some of the common dishes to relish when you are at Pangong Lake. Food options are relatively lower at homestays; hence it’s advisable to have food at small joints that have come up post 3 idiots movie.

Pangong Lake is one of the most famous tourist destinations among the places to visit in Ladakh. The unadulterated beauty of Pangong Tso Lake makes it a popular tourist destination and an ideal spot to relax, unwind, and experience serenity and tranquility. The reflection of the mountains in the crystal clear blue waters and the changing colors of the lake will leave you stunned for a lifetime.
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