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Pangong Tso photos
Pangong Tso is a long brackish high altitude lake situated in the Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, extending into China. This lake is the largest & highest brackish water wetland in the Indian sub-continent. This falls within the Changthang wildlife sanctuary in Ladakh.
The Pangon Tso is 136 km long & 5-6 km wide. Only 45 km of this elongated lake is within Indian territory, the rest lies in China. It lies at an altitude of 14000+ feet.
The climate is extremely hostile with temperature ranging between -10 to -40 degrees Celcius in the winter & 0 to 30 degrees in the summer. It freezes completely in winter, despite being a salt water lake.
The lake has an out of this world beauty. Surrounded by colorful mountains ( some of which are snow covered) on all sides, the water constantly changes color reflecting the colors of the mountains. The water is crystal clear, offering a clear view of the colorful pebbles on the bed of the lake.
A large number of different varieties of water-fouls are seen in the lake. These include the Brahminy duck, the Bar-headed goose, the Brown-headed gull & the Ruddy shelduck.
One can reach this high altitude lake from Leh, Ladakh through a mountain road which passes through the third highest motorable mountain pass in the world, the Chang La ( 17565 feet). The road, under constant supervision by the Indian Army, is itself a beauty, with high snow-covered mountains & stark valleys in between. The mountains are devoid of any vegetations, and the colors of the rocks are just mind-boggling.
Pangong Tso is a dream destination for any Mountain- & Nature- lover.