Monday, August 12, 2013

The Pangong Tso Lake

The Pangong Tso Lake is one of the most visited lakes of Ladakh.  Ever changing hues of the lake mesmerizes. Situated at a height of about 13,900 ft, the name Pangong is a derivative of the Tibetan word Banggong Co meaning "long, narrow, enchanted lake". One third of the lake is in India while the remaining two thirds lies in Tibet, which is controlled by China. Majority of the streams which fill the lake are located on the Tibetan side.
Pangong Tso is about five hours drive from Leh in Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir. The route passes through beautiful Ladakh countryside, over Chang La, the third highest motorable mountain pass (5289 m) in the world.
The first glimpse of the serene, bright blue waters and rocky lakeshore remains etched in the memory of tourists. There is a narrow ramp-like formation of land running into the lake which is also a favourite with tourists.
The salt water lake does not support vegetation or aquatic life except for some small crustaceans. However, there are lots of water birds. The lake acts as an important breeding ground for a large variety of migratory birds like Brahmani Ducks, Rare black necked cranes and Seagulls. One can also spot Ladakhi Marmots, the rodent-like creatures which can grow up to the size of a small dog. 
We stayed at one of the Camps, called Camp Shambala. There are several camps on the shores of the Pangong Tso lake 
I couldn't resist taking several pictures of the Lake as it is so magnificent and mesmerizingly beautiful both in the evening and early morning!

 The Entry point to the Pangong Tso Lake

 A View from the Camp's Living area
 Our Camp-The Camp Shambala

The Aquatic Birds

The Pangong Tso Lake

The Clouds, mountains and the Lake

Sunrise at the Pangong Tso Lake

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Camps at the Pangong Tso Lake

Reflection on the Pangong Tso Lake

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