Pangong Lake, Ladakh (Leh)

Pangong Lake

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About Pangong Lake

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Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake is about 140 km from Leh and is situated in the higher reaches of the Himalayas. It is an endorheic lake and is one of the largest brackish water lakes in Asia being around 134 km long and extending into China. It is known as an endorheic lake because it retains water and does not flow into any other water bodies. It is highly saline because of this as evaporation is the only way out for the water leaving behind all the salts.

This marvel of nature draws enthusiastic tourists and photographers to its inviting banks and provides an enchanting and surreal backdrop for irreplaceable memories. The light from the sun hits the stunning blue waters and plays tricks by continually changing hues. In the winter, the lake freezes over completely.

The lake does not contain any aquatic life due to its high salinity but it serves as an important breeding ground for many migratory birds. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of some marmots hanging around the banks. The route to the lake takes you through the wild and rugged countryside of Ladakh.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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  • Tourist
  • Suhasinigk
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 13 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  78 readers

"Marvellous and breathtaking view of Pangong lake" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
One of the best place to visit when in Ladakh. 200 odd kms from Leh and the roads are not very approachable. Best time to visit would be June to Aug when the snow goes off and the roads are good.
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Sarwan mundhra

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  • Sarwan mundhra
  • 5 photos
  • 1 Review

"Amazing" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Pangong Lake is about 153 km from leh city. We spend a night in the camp and had a great experience. The view is amazing at the time of sunset. The Lake is crystal clear. We were there at bike so it was little adventurous to us. A must visit place for sightseeing lovers.
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Raj sudan

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  • Raj sudan
  • 10 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  20 readers

"The Best Destination in India" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Ladakh is probably the best tourist destination in India. Pure, natural, and enchanting. But the tourism potential needs to be fully utilised. Let the government of India take care of it.
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Ajay Chanchlani

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  • Ajay Chanchlani
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  362 readers

"Unforgettable ladakh"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 9, 2017
What a place exactly you feel when you reach pangong lake. You forget all your stress in mind and enjoy the miracle of nature in term of icy mountain, clear sky and the blue water. I feel like that I was in heaven not in earth. In last only three words for natural beauty is W O W.
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  • 4 votes

Vikash Agarwal

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  • Vikash Agarwal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 38 photos
  • 98 Reviews
  •  34 helpful votes
  •  42318 readers

"Beautiful Lake"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2017
This is one of the best lake I ever visited. Color of water change as per sun rays. Its beauty cannot be expressed in word. Best time to visit this place is June and July. Surrounding mountain make this lake more beautiful.
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  • Satnam
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  735 readers

"Where life chooses to be at peace"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2016
Memorizing views & the calmness will convince you to stay here forever! The road from Leh to Pangong has got such crazy views that you need to pinch yourself that it is THE REALITY & you are experiencing it! Do take a bike that you can ride yourself!
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Sanjeev Gupta

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  • Sanjeev Gupta
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 351 photos
  • 48 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  7862 readers

"Beautiful lake"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 30, 2016
The Pangong lake lies on the other side of Chang La on the border with China. In fact a portion of the lake is under the control of China. The bluish waters of the lake offer a stunning picture. In the month of June the water was extremely cold making it difficult to stand in water for even a few minutes. The temperature here drops to sub-zero at night. Tourist interest has risen after the lake was featured in the Hindi movie "3 Idiots". A whole lot of camping sites have come up on the bank of the lake to cash in on the rise in tourism. But if this rise continues, it may cause damage to the environment here.
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Vandana Sharma

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  • Vandana Sharma
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 186 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  114 helpful votes
  •  2216 readers

"Watch Nature's color play in the bluest waters at Pangong"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 22, 2016
Pangong Tso is one of the most beautiful lakes, situated at the height of 14, 270 ft. One can visit by taking a trip from Leh, crossing Changla pass towards Tangste. You can reach by noon and spend a couple of hours at the lake enjoying the natural surroundings. You can see gulls flying around and there are also local folks with Yaks etc that one could ride or take pictures with. This lake got popular with a Bollywood film shot recently called 3 idiots however I also do recall Mani Ratnam's 'Dil Se' being shot here while I was living in Ladakh for two years in 1998-2000. The place has to be visited to be believed. I highly recommend everyone to take this trip at least once in their lifetime.
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Himanshu Kumar

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  • Himanshu Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 photo
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3098 readers

"Just Beautiful"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 2, 2016
Definitely the best attraction in Leh Ladakh.

One has to travel for 6 hours to reach there but certainly it is worth it. The lake has just so many shades that it is just mesmerising. There are lots of restaurants across, so you can have food there as well. To sum up, the most beautiful lake in the world.
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S.m.bega  Raaj

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  • S.m.bega Raaj
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 713 photos
  • 142 Reviews
  •  83 helpful votes
  •  42943 readers

"Extraordinary Lake !!!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 15, 2016
Pangong !!! Tremendous Tso !!! "
I went to this Stunningly beautiful Lake on 28th April 2016 at 4. 45pm, it was slightly cloudy and absolutely cool, Sun playing hide and seek behind the clouds from this location was an absolute treat to our eyes, First glimpse of Pangong from a distance itself was Mesmerizing !!!
Pangong Lake is a huge lake, First after reaching the lake towards right side we can see Pangong Inn, which is the only RCC Building in the entire area, others are a plenty with temporary buildings and Tented camp accommodations, towards left we can see a Gompa which is not fully finished.
I stayed in Pangong Delight Camp which is located in Spangmik village along the Pangong Lake, Spangmik village is another 8km long Scenic drive along the shores of Pangong Lake which every visitor should experience.
There is a Shooting point where 3 Idiots movie **** was shoot, which lies exactly in between starting point of the lake and Spangmik village which should not be missed due to shortage of time, as many people do Pangong Lake as a day trip from Leh and miss this Stupendofantabulous location.
Some of the Movies Shoot in Pangong are,
1. 3 Idiots
2. Dil Se
3. The Fall
4. Heroes
5. Jab Tak Jai Jaan
6. Sanam Re
7. Shakti
9. Na Jaane Kabse
10. Taur Mittran Di
11. Tashan
12. Fugal.
Note : It's absolutely cold during the night, So please pack a lots of warm clothes and Jackets to cope with the cold, during my stay it went to -5°C on 28. 04. 2016, to experience the whole beauty night stay is a must, please take your best camera to catch the action live.
Happy travelling ...
Enjoy !!!
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