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Pangong Lake India - The green color fascinates anyone

Pangong Lake India - The green color fascinates anyone

When watching the last scenes of the famous movie of the Indian cinema 3 idiots - Three Idiots, you must have said, why is Pangong Lake India so beautiful in this world.
Looking at the  pristine Indian Pangong Lake , also known as Pangong Tso, you might think it is somewhere other than India. At a breathtaking altitude of 4,350m above sea level, the lake is as beautiful as a surreal sight.
Pangong Lake India  is one of the highest saltwater lakes in the world. (It is thought to be the highest but the height of Hunan, Nam Tso; in Tibet is actually higher than 400m). The lake is also a bit "unusual" because it is completely land-based and cannot escape anywhere; unlike other lakes that flow into rivers or into the sea.

Glacial erosion created the lake basin and was originally a freshwater lake. It turns into brackish water over time due to the formation of mineral deposits; killed aquatic life in the lake. No one really knows exactly how deep Pangong lake is, despite an estimated 92m. Although it is a saline lake, it freezes in the winter. As the weather warms, the snow melts from the surrounding peaks to supply water to the lake.
Naturally, Pangong Lake is of great interest to geologists. However, it only really became famous; after appearing in the famous Bollywood movie "The 3 Idiots", starring Aamir Khan; in 2009. Currently, it attracts an average of 1,000 tourists a day!
Don't miss this article if you're traveling to India and are learning how to visit Pangong Lake.

Location of Pangong lake

Pangong Lake India is located in Changthang region east of Ladakh; about 6 hours southeast of the capital city of Leh. The route passes through the Ladakh range via Chang La with a dizzying height of 5,360m above sea level. It is one of the highest motor vehicle passes in the world. The lake stretches almost 135 km in length and 5 km in width.
It is important to keep in mind that Pangong Lake is a sensitive contested territory. Actual road control, between India and China; Cut across the lake near Khurnak Fortress but no territory recognizes the lake as being in any area. About a third of the lake is located in India, the rest is in Tibet dominated by China.

How to visit Pangong lake?

Pangong Lake India - The green color fascinates anyone(Photo: @ringgoagus)

Unlike many high mountain passes that often close during the winter; The Indian army kept the road through Chang La open continuously, unless it was snowing heavily. Therefore, it is possible to visit Lake Pangong India  all year round. The main attraction in winter is being able to walk on the frozen lake. In addition, accommodation will be limited to basic homestays. May to October is a more comfortable time; June and July are the peak tourist seasons (best avoided if you don't want to crowd the crowd).
Because Pangong Lake is located in the border area, special permits are required to come here. Indians are required to have an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to enter Pangong Lake, while foreigners (except Bhutanese citizens) must have a Protected Area Permit (PAP). . License is currently granted online here. However, Indians can also apply for ILP from the Tourist Information Center near Jammu Bank and Kashmir at Leh's Main Market.
Foreigners should apply for PAP from a registered Indian travel agency in Leh, especially if traveling alone. Theoretically, there must be at least 2 people / group to apply for PAP. However, travel agents will add solo travelers to other groups. This does not mean that you need to join the group. Because you can go it alone after getting a permit. Please note that citizens of Afghanistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh; Pakistan and China need to be licensed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Delhi; and should apply through the Indian consulate in their country.
Tourists often visit Pangong brackish lake on a day trip from Leh; or stay overnight. Of course, you will not explore this place on a single day trip and will be very tired.
In addition, watching the sunrise and sunset on the lake is a very spectacular sight; so everyone should stay overnight to have more time to explore. Or you can visit Pangong Lake in combination with Nubra Valley (such as Khardung La, Diskit, Hunder, Turtuk) and / or Tso Moriri Lake. Foreigners traveling to Tso Moriri from Lake Pangong are not allowed to cross Chushul; and must follow the usual path through Chumathang.
You will find plenty of travel agents in Leh Ladakh that  offer similar Indian tours to Pangong Lake. You can make a reservation after coming here and negotiate a price with them to save money. Also, if you want to travel alone; Can hire a taxi from Leh to Lake Pangong. Taxi fares are usually fixed and cost from about 8,650 INR for a day trip. However, you can save 10% - 15% by contacting the taxi driver directly. 

Pangong Lake India - The green color fascinates anyone(Photo: @ladakhtravelstory)
Local government buses also operate between Leh and Lake Pangong India for tourists who want to save money. The cost is about 250 INR / person / way. Although not every day. If you want to plan and book in advance, you can refer to some quality tours based in Leh such as Ju Leh Adventures; Wandering Wisdom, Dreamland Trek and Tour, and Yama Adventures. These are highly rated travel companies, so people can count on them.

How to stay safe and healthy when you arrive in Pangong?

Altitude sickness is a major health concern when visiting Pangong Lake India . According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); It can affect anyone at an altitude of more than 2,500 meters above sea level. Thinner air means less oxygen to breathe; resulting in low blood oxygen levels in the body and tissues. Common symptoms are headache and mild tiredness. Therefore, getting used to the climate must be taken seriously; otherwise you could get very sick.
The body does not adjust itself to the height immediately but requires time, from 3 to 5 days. Most people will feel a bit tired, like being scratched, after coming to Leh. If this is the case, you can reduce your symptoms by taking Diamox (acetazolamide); accelerate the adaptation process. However, a doctor's prescription is required. Anyone who is suffering from heart or lung disease, or diabetes; Also consult your doctor before traveling.
Ideally, you should spend a minimum of 3 nights to rest at Leh; (local tour during the day is okay) after flying to Leh; and before visiting Pangong lake. This is quite necessary if you've never been to a place of height before; and don't know how your body will react. The amount of oxygen in the blood is lowest when sleeping; so it will largely determine how your body responds. Those who are unwell will usually begin to improve on the third night. If you feel like "sick", you can move down to nearby Alchi for a while.
When planning a journey, it is ideally done in the order of the lowest to the highest points. CDC alerts Indian tourists once you are at an altitude of 2,750 meters; Do not increase altitude more than 500m per day. You should also allow yourself 1 day of adaptive respiration for each incremental 1000m.
Because Pangong lake is (850m) higher than Leh, you should spend 1 night between Leh and Pangong lake in Tangtse village. It is about 3,900m above sea level and 35 km from Pangong lake; There is also a medical center here. Some people become unwell when passing Chang La, about 1 hour from Tangtse. You will feel better and enjoy the ride better if you go slower.
Other tips for reducing altitude sickness include avoiding alcohol; Smoking and exertion for the first 48 hours. Stay hydrated by drinking water with oral hydration salts (ORS). Eating garlic soup is also quite helpful!
Receiving oxygen from medical stations or oxygen bars; is an effective treatment for moderate-altitude disease. Anyone with difficulty breathing or coughing should seek immediate medical help. Sonam Norboo Memorial Hospital near the airport in Leh; is a place to treat tourists every day. The majority of people admit that they mostly ignore adaptive guidelines.
Less acclimatization time is possible at Leh if driving from Srinagar in Kashmir valley or Manali in Himachal Pradesh; due to the increasing altitude. The route from Srinagar is the best route to acclimatize because of the more stable elevation; while people traveling from Manali may experience road sickness due to high altitude fluctuations.
The things to bring to visit Pangong lake will depend on the time of year. During the tourist season in the summer; The temperature is significantly reduced, warm during the day and cold at night. Bring a cotton shirt and T-shirt, wool, thermal jacket and windbreaker jacket. Remember to wear a hood to protect your ears. The sun in Ladakh is harsh, so apply sunscreen to avoid burns.

Where at Pangong Lake?

There are many tourists had  visited Pangong lake alone and selected private accommodation. There are many types, from basic homestay to luxury tents (near the lake).
Tents sprung up along the lake from May to October. Tents usually had bathrooms attached to Western toilets; and hot water (although it is limited at certain times). Despite the fact, most are not heated. Usually heated for a few hours at night and in the morning. It can be very cold and windy at night, so consider this. Another consideration is electricity: tents usually only have electricity for a few hours. Some tents also have wireless Internet in the reception area.
Homestay is a warmer option. Amenities vary from private room to dorm room (like at Padma Homestay); and a Western-style private bathroom to a local shared bathroom. It is best to find a few places and compare the prices accordingly.
Pangong Lake India - The green color fascinates anyone(Photo: @ibebenn)

Lukung village, at the top of Pangong lake; is the entrance and is the only village with a view of the entire lake. However, the downside is that it takes a long walk to get to the edge of the lake. If you choose to stay in a homestay, choose the one closest to the lake.
The next village, Spangmik, is the most developed (and commercialized) village in Pangong Lake India . Most people live in this area. Fields were rented by travel companies from Leh. Camp Redstart is very famous and costs from about 5,000 INR / night. Mystic Pangong is only a few hundred meters from the lake. Its 15 luxury tents cost from 3,500 INR / night. Here, there are many good price homestays.
The ultimate luxury tent is in Maan village, outside Spangmik, quieter and less crowded. One of the best is Pangong Hermitage, with 8 eco-friendly tents. Rates start from INR 18,000 / night / twin tent, including breakfast. Pangong Sarai is a cheaper option with 25 luxury tents; and rates from INR 3,220 / night / twin tent. Pangong Travel Camp has 23 luxurious tents right by the lake for INR 4,300 / night / double tent.
However, if you want to really get rid of the noise; You will need to go further to the tiny village of Merak. There are a few friendly homestays there; and it's a great way to experience local culture. One of them is Peacefull Homestay. All guestrooms have bathrooms attached to Western toilets. Price is about 2,000 INR / night / double tent.
Both homestays and tents provide meals for guests. There are several stalls in the vicinity of the lake; Serves everything from momo (Tibetan dumplings) to daal and rice. If you prefer to dine in the restaurant, stop by the famous P3 Restaurant with its delicious Tibetan food and lake views.

What to do around Pangong lake?

If you want to live virtual like an actor in a movie; props, including yellow scooters (related to The 3 Idiots) are available for rent at Pangong Lake for those looking to pose; and have their own Bollywood moment.
Visitors who love birds can spot migrating birds at Pangong Lake . There are also yaks (shaggy Tibetan breeds) for Indian tourists to ride.
 Or you can visit some Buddhist monasteries on the way from Leh to Lake Pangong like Stakna; Thiksey, Hemis, Shey and Tangtse. In Shey, there is also a pretty palace.
Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary; between Leh and Lake Pangong, is home to the Himalayas marmot. You may have a chance to spot them; (But remember not to feed them).
Hopefully this information will help everyone with more experience visiting Pang Pang India . Come to Pangong lake to feel a very fresh feeling, peaceful and absolute silence. There was no dust, no noise, no car horn, just a charming scene.

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