Saturday, 1 August 2015

Pangong Lake – Traveller’s Delight


Pangong Lake is situated near the border of our country with the People’s Republic of China. It is a majestic lake found in the high altitudes of Ladakh. Locally, it is called as Pangong Tso. In the local language, tso means lake. The neighbouring China occupies two-third of this beautiful and serene lake. Our country occupies the rest portion of this high-altitude lake. Being close to the border, it is always under the control of the armed forces of our country.

pangong lake

Popularity of Pangong Lake

Being a serene and clear lake, it has become a favourite place amongst the domestic tourists visiting that part of the world. This is primarily due to the Bollywood movie ‘3idiots’ that has a number of scenes shot on the shores of this beautiful Ladakh Lake. The last scene of the movie show cases Karina Kapoor and Amir Khan romancing by the side of this majestic lake. This film seems to have motivated the fans to visit this place to imbibe its beauty first-hand, braving the tough terrain they have to pass before reaching there.
ladakh lake

Approach to Pangong Lake

This lake is located at an elevation of 4250 metres above the sea level. It can be seen in the cold Indian desert of Ladakh, bordering the neighbouring country Peoples Republic of China. Even the approach to this beautiful lake passes by breathtaking countryside in Ladakh. One such beautiful village the visitors would come across en route to the lake is Sakti, which is a small hamlet in the awesome countryside.  The tourists would forget their energy-sapping journey on reaching the lake and viewing at the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. It is the largest saline lakes in the Asian continent.

approach road

Pangong Lake

On walking by the side of the lake, one can literally experience the tranquillity and azure blue waters it provides. Most people visit this water body to see the changing colours. Under the effect of sunlight, the saline water present in the lake plays out different colours to produce the visual cue for the visitors.  Before their eyes, the colours change from aqua green to indigo blue. The locals say that the lake freezes in the winter season. So the visitors can walk over the surface of the lake during that season. That again provides an experience of a lifetime. The best season for this is from November to March every year.

beautiful pangong lake

Thuruvananthapuram Ladakh Range, 194201