Why is Pangong Tso Lake the world’s most unique lake?

Why is Pangong Tso Lake the world's most unique lake?

Millions of lakes all over the world (LAKE) Huh. Each lake has its own specialty. One such LAKE That we are going to tell you about. This lake is covered with snow for more than half the time. Not only this LAKE The color also changes five times a day. So let’s know Pangong Tso Lake About the secrets related to

Where is Pangong Tso Lake ?: Pangong Tso Lake is considered to be one of the largest and unique lakes in the world. This lake is also called Pangong Tso. Pangong in Ladakhi language means proximity and in Tibetan language Tso means lake. Pangong Lake derives its name from a Tibetan word Bangong Sah which means a narrow and enchanted lake. It is the only lake in the Himalayan region. This lake is about 140 km from Leh. Located at an altitude of about 4500 meters above sea level, this lake is about 135 kilometers long. This lake is spread over 604 square kilometers. Due to this lake being salt water, there is no fish and any other aquatic life here, but this place is a boon for migratory birds.

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45 km of this lake lies in India, while 90 km falls in China. The Line of Actual Control passes through the middle of this lake. The average temperature of this lake varies between minus 18 degrees to minus 40 degrees. It is believed that this lake changes its color several times a day, the reason behind which is the presence of iron in the water.

History of Pangong Tso Lake: Situated at an altitude of 14256 feet located in Ladakh, Pangong Lake has a temperature of many degrees below zero. Due to the natural beauty, there is a gathering of tourists here, but there is no permission to go boating in the lake. The Treaty of Tingmosamang is believed to have been signed between Ladakh and Tibet in 1684, according to which the lake served as the boundary line between Ladakh and Tibet. The treaty took place between the then King Deldan Namgyal of Ladakh and the Khalsi between the regent of Tibet. The lake was then accepted as a border between the two countries.

At the same time, according to mythological beliefs, this lake is the main place of Yaksha Raj Kubera. It is believed that the ‘divine city’ of Lord Kubera is situated somewhere around this lake, which is mentioned in Ramayana and Mahabharata.

How to reach Pangong Tso Lake ?: Pangong Lake is 140 km from Leh. Pangong Lake falls on the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control, and to travel to this beautiful lake you have to get permission to the Inner Line. At the same time, Pangong Lake is very close to the border, so you are allowed only to a certain area. Whenever you think of traveling here, keep a lot of winter clothes, because the mercury lives here in minus.

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If you want to stay here, then tents are the only option for you. However you can find hotels in Lunkug and Spangmik. At the same time, you can find a budget hotel in Tangtse village in Leh, which is 34 km away from Pangong.

You can come from Kusho Bakula Rinpoche Airport in Leh-Ladakh, after which you can travel further by car or bus. On the other hand you can choose the train, you can come to Jammu by train. The third option is to take a car from Srinagar and Manali to reach Pangong Lake.

When to visit Pangong Tso Lake ?: You can visit Pangong Lake at any time between June to September, as the winter months are harsh and the lake freezes with snow. At the same time, there is limited choice of food here, in such a situation, when you travel, take the food prepared with yourself. However, some local people who offer homemade food to tourists, it is better than the food available in hotels.

interesting fact: Due to being a famous tourist spot, many Bollywood films have also been shot here… But, this scene has become most famous due to a scene from the movie ‘3 Idiots’.



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