Pangong Tso Lake-Leh-Ladakh
The famous and sparkling blue Pangong lake is situated near Leh-Ladakh in the Himalayas, approximately at the height of 4350 meters. This endorheic lake is 12 kilometres long and extends from India to Tibet, with two-thirds of it lying in the latter. Owing to its altitude, the Pangong Lake temperature ranges from -5°C to 10°C as a result of which it freezes completely during winters in spite of its salinity. A unique feature of the lake is that it does not remain blue throughout the year or even the day, rather it changes colours from azure to light blue to green and grey too! Also known as Pangong Tso, it has been a tourist attraction for a very long time and has gained further popularity after being a 'hot-spot' for many film shoots, apart from being essential for anyone travelling to Leh - Ladakh. The sublime beauty, crystal waters and gentle hills of Pangong Lake are an exceptional example of the beautiful landscape of the region. There are two streams from the Indian side that form the wetlands and marshes at the edges. It is the beauty of the impeccable blue waters that embezzle the tourist's attention the most. The serenity and tranquillity of Pangong Lake are the tourist's paradise.
There is no particular “best time to visit” Pangong Lake. It all depends on what you are interested in. If you love being in the company of snow, then winters (November to February) is the best time to visit the lake. During this time, however, Pangong Lake remains completely frozen and you can enjoy walking on its frozen surface, as well as ice-skating.
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Timing:All days of the week: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Visit Duration: 1to 2 hours
It is advised to carry more and sufficient warm clothes to withstand the cold weather. An inner line permit is required to visit Pangong lake. The permit will be easily available at the Dc's office in Leh by submitting an application. It is preferred to carry 5-6 copies of the permit as it has to be submitted at various check points. Entry Fee:INR 20 per person per day (Inner Line Permit)
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The beauty of Pangong Lake is in itself a reason enough to plan a trip there. However, there are other things to do at Pangong Tso that will keep you excited during the duration of your stay here. One of them is camping. Camping at the Pangong Lake can be an enthralling experience. Place a bonfire, get a barbecue going and enjoy the beauty surrounding you – it can't get better than this!
Although leaving the warmth of your camp is extremely difficult, go ahead and step out. During the night, the stars of the sky shine in all their glory. The feeling you get is that of oneness, of the skies and the universe immersing themselves in you. At dawn, get out of your camp and watch the sunrise. Watch, as the rising sun gradually disperses the darkness and ushers in the light. Carry a camera with you, and capture these splendid moments while you spend a wonderful time at one of the best lakes in India.
The route to Pangong Lake is as beautiful as the lake itself. To get a glimpse of this beauty, stop about 10 km from before Pangong Tso, if you are coming from Leh. You will be greeted by a few signboards saying, “Stop here to see rare endemic species Marmot”. Marmots are large squirrels which are found in mountainous areas and reside in burrows. Despite being quite dodgy, they do come out from their potholes during the day. Thus, there is a good chance of spotting them.