Pangong Lake is found towards the northeast side of Leh and has an elevation of 4350 meters. The waters of the lake are blackish blue. It has a width of 5 to 6 kilometers and a length of 144 kilometers. Half of the lake lies in China as it stretches beyond the Indo-China border.
Leh is situated at a distance of 160 kilometers from Pangong Lake. The Chushul mountains are found nearby. The place is a photographer’s delight. The black cranes come to breed here. The water of this lake is clear but extremely salty. The lake’s basin is believed to have rich mineral deposits. Various shades of water can be seen in the lake such as blue, black, purple, grey, etc.
Tourist places in Pangong
Thiksey village: This is a famous village. There are numerous monasteries present in this village that occupy an entire mountain ridge.
Changla Pass: It is situated at a height of 17350 feet. This is not a suitable place to visit due to its lack of oxygen.
Darbuk village: It has remains of the Indo-China war in the form of war memorials, army bunkers and trenches. The villagers here own Pashmina sheep and long-tailed yaks.
How to Reach Pangong
By air: The nearest airport is Leh. Flights from Delhi can be used to reach this place.
By road: Regular taxis can be hired from Leh to reach the lake.