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If you are a movie buff, chances are you’ve already seen the mesmerising view of the Pangong lake in the climax scene of the famous movie “3 idiots” starring Amir Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Thinking about visiting this gorgeous backdrop nestled in the Himalayas this season? Then head over to Ladakh, and you can choose a variety of Pangong tour packages that ensure that you spend at least half-a-day in the mesmerising surroundings of the Pangong Lake and relive your movie experience.

Besides the Pangong lake tour, the Pangong tour offers tourists the complete treat of some amazing Himalayan mountain ranges, exotic migratory birds and native animals, along with some ancient monasteries to lift your spirits.

Pangong is located around 150 kilometres to the southwest of Leh with the Pangong Lake stretching right from East Ladakh up to Tibet. Located at a 5-hour drive from Leh, the Pangong lake stretches across India and Tibet with just one-third of the lake being in India.

Places to see in Pangong

Pangong offers the best of both natural and man-made attractions, including:

Pangong Lake – The World’s Highest Saltwater Lake

If you are in Pangong, then you must visit this lake situated amid the Himalayan ranges. Located at the height of around 4,350 metres, the Pangong lake is covered over 134 kilometres and is among the highest brackish lakes in the world with saline water. Along with the captivating scenery around the lake, catch the mirror images of the surrounding mountains and clouds in the clear waters of the lake.

Spend some time around the lake, and you are likely to see many migratory birds such as the black-necked crane and seagulls.

The Pangong Tsu lake remains frozen during the winters and is popular for ice skating on its frozen waters.

Shanti Stupa – The Pillar of Global Peace

Translated as the “Pillar of peace,” Shanti Stupa is another popular tourist attraction located in Pangong. Constructed by a sect of Japanese Buddhists, Shanti Stupa is popular for its gilt panels that reveal Buddha’s life stories. This Buddhist stupa was constructed in the year 1983 to promote the teaching of Lord Buddha.

Chang La pass – The 3rd Highest Motorable Road

Located around 125 kilometres from Pangong Lake, Chang La is a beautiful mountain pass named after Saint Changla Baba. Situated in the Ladakh district, this pass is the world’s third highest motorable road and is located on the route from Leh to Pangong lake. Popular for its scenic surroundings, Changa La is situated at the height of 4,350 metres from sea level.

Best Time to Visit Pangong

The best time to visit Pangong is during the autumn months from June to September when you can experience clear skies and natural scenery at its best. These months are also the best time to see the Pangong lake with all its natural beauty. If you want to be more adventurous, try visiting Pangong during the winter months of December to February when the lake is completely frozen (and you can walk across it while feeling the cold bite).

Things to Do in Pangong

So, what are the best things to do during your Pangong trip? If you are a wildlife lover, you can spend some time trying to spot the Himalayan marmot and the long-tailed marmot around 25 kilometres before reaching Pangong lake. Out of the remaining 14 species of marmots across the globe, just these two species are found in India.

Besides spotting marmots, Pangong lake is a visual treat for bird lovers too. You can spot bird species like the Brahmini duck and the bar-headed goose strolling around in the lake. Pangong lake is also ideal for some nature photography. Even if you do not have your DSLRs, keep snapping beautiful photographs on your smartphone.

Want an overnight stay amid the Pangong lake? You can stay at any of the tent accommodations near the lake. Being limited in number, you will need to pre-book the tents much before the trip.

If you are visiting Pangong lake during the winter season, indulge in some ice walking or trekking on the ice or even play ice hockey or skating. Food lovers have limited eating options in Pangong. You can either carry your food or grab a quick bite at any of army posts located in the route. Popular dishes served include Aloo paratha, sandwich, tea, or even Maggi noodles.

How to Reach Pangong

The fastest way to reach Pangong is through flight travel with the domestic Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport in Leh that is well-connected with other Indian cities. If you are travelling by train, the nearest railway station to Pangong is the Jammu Tawi station that is located around 700 kilometres away.

The most convenient way to reach Pangong is by road, namely through the Manali-Leh highway that can be traversed by car or private cab. Located 200 kilometres from Leh, Pangong is located at a driving time of around 4 hours from Leh.

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