If you wish to witness an interplay of nature entwined with human emotions, then this is the kind of destination which you really can’t miss visiting. Located in Changthang somewhere east of Ladakh, Pangong Lake is not less than a miracle of some kind. The sparkling blue waters of this lake, which stretches for about 12 kilometres from India to Tibet attract a great number of tourists on an annual basis.
Now, what’s really intriguing about this lake is that it doesn’t remain blue throughout the year or rather even for a single day. Yes, it changes its colours from azure to light blue to green and grey too, sounds interesting, isn’t it?
Owing to its scenic beauty, this lake has remained a tourist attraction for a long period of time; and not just that, for the same reason, this place has somewhat become a hotspot for Bollywood as well. Apparently, various movies have been shot around this region. Some popular examples would be Dil Se, 3 Idiots, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, etc. Now, knowing all this, how can you not visit Pangong Lake.
The much politically famous ‘Line of Control’ passes through Pangong Lake. The geographical dissections are such that the eastern part of the lake, spanning around 20 km is under China’s control, however, the rest is with India.
It is here that you will also find the Khurnak Fort which is basically nothing but ruins now. There have been talks going on between India and China regarding the boundary control. But this seems to be a topic which simply doesn’t find its peaceful culmination.
Set in the lap of giant Himalayas, Pangong Lake is all about experiencing the delightful nature. Yes, here you get to find a great number of migratory birds and animals like seagulls, rodents, ducks which only add to the majestic aura of Pangong Lake. Apart from all this, it is a great place for hiking, camping and lighting bonfire under the vast panorama of the night sky.
Chang La - Claimed as the second-highest motorable road, Chang La is all about adventure, fun and loads of excitement. Did you know that Chang La road has been specifically named after Saint Changla Baba? He was a devout saint who lived a pious life, and thus, in his honour, a small temple has been constructed here.
Shanti Stupa - The Shanti Stupa is meant for the promotion of peace and togetherness. Located above Chong Spa in Leh, this structure comes across as an architectural wonder. The inexplicable beauty of Shanti Stupa is what majorly attracts people in search of divinity and something surreal, something blissful.
Thiksey Monastery - Undoubtedly, the charm of Leh comes across as a little less without the presence of monasteries. And one such amazing monastery here is known as the Thiksey Monastery situated amid the extremely beautiful terrains of Indus Valley. If you love to travel and spirituality is what you seek then you cannot afford to miss this one.
Hemis Monastery - Belonging to the Drukpa lineage of Tibetian Buddhism, the Hemis Monastery is the main seat of the Kagyu School of Buddhism. However, keeping aside the religion part, one can always look forward to spending some real quality time here along with the people you love under the immense star-lit sky.
The summertime is the best time for travellers to explore this region and the lake. As, usually, the winters can be a bit overwhelming. So, we suggest you opt the time between May-September.
Apart from its incredible natural beauty, Leh is very famous for its food which mainly consists of scrumptious dishes like Ladakhi Pulao, Tigmo, Saag, Thupka, etc. And not just that, the people of Ladakh just look adorable in their clothing as well. Yes, the men here wear thick woollen robes, known as Goucha along with a sash called Skerg which is mainly used for carrying daily life essentials of Ladakhi life. And the womenfolk wear something similar to Goucha which is called Kuntop.
By Air. For travelling to Pangong lake, you would first need to visit Leh and one of the best options to do so would be via air route. The nearest airport from Pangong Lake is the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport and is well connected with many International airports on PAN India basis. After getting off the airport, you still need to cover a distance of around 225 km to reach Pangong Lake and for this, you would need to hire a cab.
By Road. Leh, Ladakh has various destinations which are bikers dream to more or less conquer. If you want to travel via road then you must also know that it comes along with its risks such as unpredictable weather conditions, landslides and damaged roads.
By Train. The Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station from Pangong Lake but it is still located quite far away at an approximate distance of 900 km. Thus, after deboarding your train, you are left with an immense chunk of the journey to complete.
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