Pangong Tso lake is also known as Pangong lake. In Tibetian language Pangong Tso means “high grassland lake”. Pangong lake is World’s highest salt water lake which is situated at height of 14270 feet. Pangong Tso lake turns frozen during winter season. Pengong Tso is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas and it is 134 km long and extends from India to the Tibetian autonomous region, China. 60% length of the lake lies in the Tibetian region while 40% length of the lake lies in India. Geographically it is a separate landlocked river basin. In India Pangong lake lie in the Ladak region of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pangong Tso lake of Ladak,Jammu and Kashmir is famous for:-
During your visit to the lake you can see numerous of ducks and gulls over the lake surface area. You can also find species of scrub and perennial herbs that grow around the lake. Although there are no fish and other aquatic life on the lake due to very low micro-vegetation still you can find small crustaceans and large varirites of a few fishes including Schizopygopsis stoliczkai and Racoma labiata. Pangong Tso lake is an important breeding ground for a variety of birds including a number of migratory birds including Bar Headed Goose, Brahmini ducks, etc. 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.
Beautiful Pangong Tso lake is also featured in many films
Including an Indian movie ” Dil Se(1998)”, The fall(2006), Heroes(2008), 3 Idiots(2009), Jab Tak hai jaan(2012), sanam re(2016), Shakti(2011), Waqt: the race against time, Na Jane kabse(2011), Taur mitra di, Tashan, Fugly, Telegu movie “Aagadu”, Tamil movie “Vedi”, etc.
Things to do and enjoy at Pangong lake:- Camps at Pangong Lake
You can enjoy beautiful sightseeing during your visit at the lake by seeing the beauty, landscape, crystal water and hills of the Pangong Tso lake. One of the most interesting thing to do at Pangong Tso lake is camping at the lake, start your beautiful night with bornfire,camping and camp tents. You can also enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise in the early morning. Another interesting thing to do is taking a dip in the cold and salty water which really blows your mind.
Places to visit around Pangong Tso lake:-
Other than this beautiful lake view you can also enjoy visiting many more beautiful places around the Pangong lake including Khardung La Pass , Spangmik village(a beautiful picturesque village), Chang-Chenmo mountain range, Thiksey monastery which is the largest monastery of the central Ladak, Hemis monastery: a peaceful place in the Himalayas, etc.
How to reach Pangong lake:-
All means of transportation is favourable for reaching Pangong Tso lake . the nearest airport is Leh airport. The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi which is 700km from Ladak. You can reach to Pangong Tso lake in a five hours journey from Leg in Jammu and Kashmir,India. You can also reach through China National Highway 219 with the drive of 12 km by road from Rutog and 130 km from Shiquanhe. Other than roadways you can also travel through waterways. Tourist and foreigners can rent a boat to reach Pangong Tso lake. In India, you can reach to the state of Jammu and Kashmir by rail, road and airways.