Pangong Lake also called Pangong Tso is a attractive endorheic lake located in the Himalayas, is 134 kms long, extending from India to China. Pangong Lake is located at a height of 4350 m, is one of the biggest tourists attractions of the country. The allure and beauty of this lake has attracted people from all over the country and beyond. The Pangong lake is thought to be in the procedure of being recognized as a bog with global significance below the “Ramsar Convention”, if the whole thing goes as predictable then the Pangong Lake will be the first in South Asia to be a trans border bog and that too under this convention.
Festivals in Pangong
Festivals in Pangong are celebrated with much grandeur. The major festival of Pangong includes :
Hemis Festival: One of the most famous and most important of the simple festivals, Hemis festival is held in the in early July or end of June, is dedicated to the revered Guru Padmasambhava.
Dosmoche Festival: Dosmoche Festival is one of the most important festival of the area. It is celebrated in the 2 nd half of the month of February, is one of two festivals celebrated on the arrival of New Year, the other being Losar which is celebrated with immense passion.
Losar Festival: Losar festival, as per the Lunar Calendar, is celebrated for 2 weeks during the month of December and January. This festival is fervently enjoyed by Ladakhi Buddhists by offering prayers to the Gods, both in Gompas and in their native shrines.
Some interesting facts about Pangong Lake
- About 60 percent of the length of Pangong Lake lies in Tibet.
- Though it’s a salty water lake and it freeze completely during winters.
- The salty water of Pangong Lake has very low micro vegetation. Reportedly, there is no fish or any aquatic life in the lake, apart from crustaceans.
- The lake is in the procedure of being recognized as a wetland of global importance under the Ramsar Convention. It will be a first trans border wetland in South Asia under convention.
- Pangong Lake is a disputed region. The Line of real control pass through the lake. A part of the lake 20 km from the Line of Actual Control is controlled by China but claimed by India, The Eastern end is in Tibet, India doesn’t claim it. The Western end is disputed between Pakistan and India.
Best time to visit Pangong Lake
Around 60 percent patrs of the lake lies in China. To access the Pangong Lake, one has to take a 5 hrs long drive from Leh through coarse, dramatic mountain road. The best time to visit Ladakh is between “May to September” as during winter and the Pangong Tso lake gets freeze. Pangong Tso is a borderline terrain.
How to reach Pangong Lake
By Air : Leh is well linked with additional important places in India. Daily flights link Leh with Jammu, Delhi and Srinagar.
By Train : Kalka is the closest railway station to Leh. Taxis or Buses can be hired to reach Manali via Shimla. There are daily bus and taxis services from Manali to Leh.
By Road : Pangong Tso can be reached after a a 5 hrs drive from Leh. From Leh, one passes through the Changla Pass and then through Tangste. There are regular bus services run by state road transport corportation (J&KSRTC). Taxis can be hired from Leh to the Pangong Lake. Motorbikes, cars and jeeps are also available at reasonable rates. Make sure to fill fuel at Leh and also carry extra fuel, as there are no petrol stations near Pangong Tso.