Pangong Tso in Ladakh
India’s Ladakh region is in the news on account of a skirmish between Indian and Chinese soldiers that took place on the morning of India’s 70th Independence Day anniversary. According to Indian sources, it started when a Chinese patrol lost its way due to bad weather conditions and came across Indian soldiers on the northern bank of the popular Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh. This lake is claimed in parts by both the countries with around one-third of its area being under India and two-thirds under China. The 30-minute confrontation was fueled when stone pelting led to injuries to soldiers on both sides. It was resolved after the soldiers of both countries carried out banner drills and retreated to their respective positions. A military intelligence report has linked this confrontation to the Doklam standoff between the two countries which has made waves lately. Amidst news of this skirmish, it is imperative that we take a look at the lake in question and understand its significance to India. Located in the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Pangong Tso actually includes the actual Line of Control between India and China. It is a popular tourist attraction and its beauty is enchanting to say the least. In case you have not visited Ladakh yet and are unaware of the mesmerizing beauty of this lake, here are 5 reasons why you must visit the Pangong Tso in Ladakh before it’s too late.
Growing number of tourists in Ladakh
Ladakh is already one of the most popular, though offbeat, destinations for Indian tourists. During the peak season, a large number of bikers visit Ladakh which leaving a large carbon footprint of the region. Recently, tons of plastic waste was collected at Ladakh raising ecological concerns. It may not be too long before there are restrictions imposed on number of tourists entering the region which means that access to Pangong Tso may also get limited.
Beautiful changing colors of Pangong
Ladakh’s Pangong Tso
One of the most amazing features of the Pangong Tso Lake is how it changes colors with seasons. You can see shades of blue to green to red depending upon the month of your visit. It’s a sight you will not witness anywhere else in India. This is what makes Pangong one of the most picture perfect lakes in the Himalayas.
Pangong is an endorheic lake with a breathtaking landscape
An endorheic basin is one which does not allow its water to pass on to other water bodies. Panging Tso is located in one such basin and is surrounded by gorgeous rugged mountains which form the perfect backdrop for this stunning lake. The landscape of this endorheic lake makes it one of the most picturesque places to visit in India.
The lake is frozen in winter
Pangong Tso is frozen completely during winter
Located at an altitude of 4,350 m above sea level, Pangong Tso is one of the lakes that is completely frozen in winter. While travelling to Panging Tso in winter is a task (ost roads are snowed under), adventurers and locals who have visited the lake during the winter months have vouched for its mesmerizing beauty. (NOW SEE Beautiful pictures and interesting facts about Pangong Tso that’ll make you fall in love with Kashmir’s lakes)
Sino-Indian border issues
60 percent of the Pangong Tso lake is already in China. Indian tourists are only allowed to visit Pangong Tso upto the Spangmik village due beyond which it gets awfully close to the Sino-Indian border. The recent skirmish draws our attention to the fact that other such cases in the future might further restrict tourists from visiting the Pangong Tso Lake.
So, it would be prudent to visit the enchanting Pangong Tso lake at the earliest if you have a thing for breathtaking views and natural beauty.