The Pangong Lake ( Pangong Tso in Chinese) is a transboundary lake located in the Himalayas. It is 134 kilometers long and extends from China to the Leh region in India. It is one of the highest lakes in the world and probably one of the most beautiful as well. The lake is very popular among tourists especially because of the way it changes colors. The surface of the water changes colors according to the season and the weather. But mostly, it’s bright sparkling blue.
The lake is surrounded by mountains on all sides and thus providing you with some of the most dazzling sceneries you will ever see in the whole wide world. Another thing very popular with tourists who flock to the lake is the narrow stretch of land that extends right into the lake. Remember the Bollywood film, 3 Idiots? The famous climax of that movie was shot on the shores of this very lake. Pongong is around 5 hours away from Ladakh, the capital of Leh. The drive from Ladakh to Pongong goes through the Chang La pass, the third highest motorable pass in the world.
Pongong is not only known for its scenic beauty, but it is also famous with bird watchers as well. The lake is saline, and it does not have a diverse underwater ecosystem, but that has not deterred the thousands of migratory birds that visit the lake every summer. Camping is another activity that is quite popular among the visitors to this lake.