Pangong Tso Lake: The Ultimate Beauty
Do you remember 3 idiots, the iconic movie of 2013? The last scene of that movie was shot near Pangong Tso Lake; yes it is that same destination. We all somewhere fell in love with the beautiful lakeside. Situated at a height of 14,000ft in Ladakh, this lake has a story in itself. It is one of the most beautiful destinations you will ever come across.
THE HISTORY :
Pangong Tso, the name is derived from Tibetan Banggong Co which simply means narrow and mesmerizing. The king of Ladakh supported Bhutan and as a result, the Tibetan army attacked Ladakh. He went on to seek help from the Mughal Empire who asked him to get converted to Islam. In the end, the King came to an agreement and gave a small portion to the Regent of Tibet.
This area has remained a disputed land for many years. Its one-third part lies in India and two-third part lies with Tibetan which is under dominance by China. This place is known for its unique and amazing landscape, beautiful sky, and rusty desert.
WHAT TO DO IN PANGONG TSO AND PERMISSIONS :
This lake lies in Sino Indian line of action control so you need to get inner line permission as well as you are only allowed to visit only at particular points because of its proximity to the border. The best part about this destination is its journey. The charming weather, panoramic views, and magnificent beauty, this place has a lot to offer.
You can visit Tangste village which is located 35 meters away from Pangong Lake. Here you can find any accommodations here. If you really want to enjoy the actual essence of Pangong, then do visit Hotel Pangong Residency. This place is a combination of local and modern architecture, is really close to Pangong Lake, and has breathtaking landscape views. You can enjoy your holiday surrounded by the green, calm and beautiful environment.
You can explore the beauty of villages like Tangste and Spangnik. These villages are the land of immense serenity covered with mountains all around. You can experience the nomadic life here.
This is no doubt one of the prettiest lakes that you will ever come across but still, there is no boating available although you can enjoy camping at the shore side. Apart from that if you are a photography lover; you will find many opportunities to capture the raw nature here. You can also opt for homestays. Stay with the locals and experience their life. These moments are really good to change your perspective towards life.
There are not many places to eat and it would be really good if you carry some eatables with your while on your journey. The eating spots near lakes are a bit costly and try to eat homemade food made by locals as it better than hotels.
The best part is that you won’t find any phone signal near the lake so, it gives you immense opportunity to explore the entire location to the fullest.
BEST TIME TO VISIT :
The best time to visit Pangong Lake is between June to September. You need to book everything in advance. You can enjoy once in the lifetime experience of camping along with a bonfire and barbeque. If you are a bird watcher this is your spot as you can witness many migratory birds like Brahminy Duck over here. You can find Marmots and squirrels as well. Don’t miss out on the sunrise and sunset views from Pangong Lake.
If you want to avoid peak season and want to see the frozen Pangong Lake the best time to visit is in winter. In between December to February, you will find the frozen lake which is an amazing view to watch. Do carry lots of winter clothes with you. Carry your woolens and sweater. Carry some medicines as well apart from that you might face some altitude sickness as well.
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However, there is a risk involved but this place is worth visiting. So, if you want to have once-in-a-lifetime experiences do visit Pangong Lake. You will definitely love this place but be careful about permissions and keep a check on the weather as well.