Pangong Tso (Tso means lake) or Pangong Lake is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes of India.
It’s a 5 hours drive from Leh to reach Pangong Tso through a rough and dramatic mountain road. It is one of the captivating lakes which is situain the eastern Ladakh region.
1/3rd part of the lake lies in India while the remaining 2/3rd lies in a region controlled by China.
Army controls this area and pass from deputy commissioner of Leh is required to enter. During the winter season, this area is immersed in freezing temperature. The lake surface becomes so solid that no one can walk over it. A gala festival of ice skating is organized on the surface of frozen lake, where large number of skiers and ice skaters from several parts of the world particpate. As a tourist you can also get to see the local culture of the native people
No inner line permit is required for Indian nationalities/ tourist to visit Pangong lake. People of foreign nationality must have group permits (for a minimum of 3 people) accompanied by an accredited guide. The permit is issued by a tourist office in Leh for a small fee.
If you are planning to stay close to the lake, tents are the only option. You have got limited choice to stay around and near Pangong Tso. Near to close proximity of Pangong Tso, Lukung offers camping facilities in Eco huts. Basic accommodation is available in Spangmik, the only hotel offering luxury tents as well as rooms. The local households also offer accommodation but most of them have shared toilets or toilets outside the house.
June to September is the best time to travel to Pinging Tso.
Here is a collection of my pictures from the lake.
TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:
1. The best time to be there is in the evening and early morning. If you are doing a day trip, you are surely not there at the best time.
2. Carry all your warm clothes, its very cold and windy out there.
3. Carry a torch if you want to do some night photography. You can shoot the milky way.
4. A normal zoom like a 18-55 is good enough. If you have a wide angle and telephoto, you have more possibilities.
5. Carry your tripod.
Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.
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This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer.
He strives to ‘make every camera-owner a great photographer through his Photography workshops and Photo Tours and Photowalks..
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