A sheet of vivid blue in the midst of mountains
A lake is a landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye;
looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.
If you remember the scene from the movie 3 Idiots when Kareena Kapoor comes riding
on a scooter to meet Aamir Khan, then you have already seen the scenic beauty of
the picturesque Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake. Pangong Tso-lake in Changthang region
of Ladakh has emerged as one of the most wanted places to visit among domestic tourists
in recent times especially after the Bollywood blockbusters "3 idiots" and "Jab
Tak Hai Jaan".
The Word Pangong is derived from a Tibetan word Banggong Co which
means "long, narrow, enchanted lake". Pangong Lake is an endorheic
lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). Pangong
Tso is geographically situated in a disputed territory, claimed both by India and
China. The eastern end of the lake is in Tibet and is not claimed by India. The
western end of the lake is not in dispute. This beautiful multi-shaded ocean like
lake is about 5 KM wide at its broadest point and about 134 KM long with about 60%
of the length extending into Tibet.
Pangong Tso is about five hours drive from Leh in Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir.
The route passes through beautiful Ladakh countryside, over Chang La, the third
highest Motorable mountain pass (5289 m) in the world. The road crosses the villages
of Shey and Gya and traverses the Changla pass. Road down from Changla Pass leads
through Tangste and other smaller villages, crossing river called Pagal Naala also
known as “The Crazy Stream”. The color of water is always changing with the weather
condition. The water sparkles in distinct shades of blue, green, purple, and violet,
being transparent to a good depth.
Pangong Lake in Kashmir is the world's highest brackish lake at 14,256 feet above
sea level. In winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. The
Briny or Brackish water lake does not support vegetation or aquatic life except
for some small crustaceans. However, there are many water birds. The lake acts as
an important breeding ground for a large variety of migratory birds like Brahmani
Ducks, Rare black necked cranes and Seagulls. One can also spot Ladakhi Marmots,
the rodent-like creatures which can grow up to the size of a small dog. Pangong
is a remote area. The only way to communicate with the outside world is through
a satellite phone at the army camp nearby. Beauty of Pangong Tso cannot be described
but can only be experienced. The lake mesmerizes one and all with its shimmering
beauty. In simple words, we can say Pangong Lake is "Turquoise Blue Paradise".
A beautiful village located 70 Kms towards North from District Head Quarters Leh
The world's third highest motorable road at an elevation of 17,585 ft (i.e. 5,360
is a 1664 Buddhist monastery in Sakti Village, having notably high Padmasambhava
A stream with unpredictable rise and drop in water levels.
Seabirds weighing about 0.8 - 2.3 kg with a wingspan of around 150 - 170 cm
found in the Himalayan regions ranging in elevation from 300 to 4,500 metres.
A distinctive species, 58–70 cm long with a 110–135 cm wingspan.