Pangong in Summer (source: wikipedia)
On your Ladakhtour, one of the places that you must visit is the Pangong Lake or Pangong Tso (as it is locally known). Distanced some 160 km from Leh, atop the Changla Pass (5475 meters), the Pangong Lake shimmers in its tranquil turquoise glory at a height of 4218 meters above the sea level. The Pangong happens to be the largest brackish lake in all of Asia stretching up to 700 square km. A major portion of this lake in Leh is shared by Tibet and China too.
Road to Pangong (source: wikipedia)
One interesting thing about the Pangong in north east of Leh is that, it not a fresh water lake as you would have guessed. Rather, it’s a salt water lake. The first place where one gets to halt enroute to the Pangong Lake is the quaint little village of Thiksey which is known for its large monasteries that dot the entire mountain range. As you move beyond this village, you will be greeted by steep mountains. The second place where you usually get to halt on your way to Pangong is the Changla Pass (17,350 ft.).
Birds in Pangong Lake (Source: lehladakhtourindia)
The placid Pangong Lake of Leh is not just a paradise for the nature travellers for but also for the geologists with its magnificent rock formations in the mountains. The Mahe marshes around the lake on the other hand, are a treasure for the bird watchers as it abounds in the migratory Black Necked Siberian crane during their breeding season. Summer-time becomes the ideal season for the Brahmini ducks and Bar-headed goose to make the Pangong their temporary home. Other notable species of wildlife that can be spotted in this beautiful region of Leh include kiang and Marmot.
Breathtaking Landscape around Pangong Lake (source: wikipedia)
The best season to visit the Pangong Tso in Leh is from May to September. This lake in Leh was made hugely popular all over the globe after being filmed in the blockbuster Bollywood movie of 2010 called “3 Idiots” starred by Amir Khan. So, on your tour to Ladakh, this is one place which you must visit.
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