The time had come for the most exciting part of the trip. Our day trip to famous Pangong Lake started around 6:30 in the morning on Manali highway and views were equally mesmerizing. We stopped at a road side dhaba for breakfast and had tasty Parathas. You need to be cautious on this route as stones might come rolling down from top of hills. Around 8 in the morning we reached Changla pass which is at height 17586 feet. There was a snow fall last night and place was covered with white crystals of snow.
Crystals of snow
Snow on the sides
Snow Mountain View
After taking some snaps we moved forward quickly as we wanted to reach lake as soon as possible. The entire route was very scenic again with snow covered mountains, greenery, horses and other animals eating grass.
At around 10 in the morning we saw a glimpse of lake from a distance but it was still few km away. That gave us an idea of size of lake. We reached the lake in next half an hour and to be honest my first reaction after seeing lake was like wonderful but not exceptional to go mad about. We stepped down from the cab and moved towards lake at a distance. After reaching the bank view completely changed. It was really an unbelievable experience and in a matter of few minutes opinion had changed completely. Yes, this is the most wonderful place I have seen in my life.
Looks Like a Scene From Movie
It’s a huge lake whose 30 % part is in India and rest is in China. You can see hills at a distance which belong to china. It was a great feeling to know that we are so close to border. It was very cold even at 11 in the morning and my teeth were constantly making shivering noise because of cold wind. We had tea and noodles in a nearby tented restaurant. After taking some snap at our starting point we started walking along the bank. Then we started noticing the phenomenon which makes this lake famous. The sun light falling at different angles give different colors to water at different places. We saw all shades of blue in the water as we moved. Also the water is crystal clear as it is not polluted. Boating is not allowed in lake due to security reasons. This is salt lake so you will not find any vegetation in it. We sat on the banks of lake and then we never felt like getting up though we had to return in some time. It was most peaceful place I had witnessed and were just throwing stones in lake for almost an hour.
Another View of Lake
Different Color of Lake
One more view of Pangong Tso
Finally it was time to go back else we had to cross the Changla pass before it’s dark and also there was a risk of snow fall. While going back we decided to visit famous 3 idiots movie school. This was a newly constructed school by Aamir Khan as the original one got washed away in cloudburst of 2009. Cab driver explained to us that how devastating the cloud burst was as thousands of gallons of water came down from hills and since houses are made of just sand, everything just washed away. We also spotted a canteen named “Rancho Coffee Shop”. After having tea there we started our return journey back to Leh.
Rancho’s Coffee Shop
We reached Leh around 6 in the evening. It was a long and tiring day but a memorable one. We roamed around in the market for some time and had dinner in our favorite restaurant in Changpsa Road. We were not in hurry to sleep tonight as next day was kind of buffer day. Our trip was almost concluded and we couldn’t have asked for a better vacation
Next day we board on our fights from Leh airport. It’s a very small airport and fully crowded due to tourists coming from all over the world. I had kept my camera in hand to capture the hills from above. In plane I met two girls from Canada who were on a 1 month tour of India and had planned to see places in India much more than what we had seen:). I could see snow covered hills below the clouds from plane and alas these were the final views of the most beautiful region I had seen.
Hills from Top
We say good bye with a hope to meet again. Ladakh, I will come again to meet you some time in life again.Top