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  The blue waters against the burnt sienna mts
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  • The blue waters against the burnt sienna mts - Leh
      The blue waters against the burnt sienna mts
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  • Is this the road to heaven? - Leh
      Is this the road to heaven?
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      Ducks on the blue waters
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      What a sight!
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      AJ n me at Pangong
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We had seen a bit of Tso (lake) Pangong since it featured in a popular Hindi movie 3 Idiots, however nothing can really prepare you for the magnificence of this place! A high altitude lake nestled amid-st the majestic Himalayas is sure to take your breath away! And that's exactly what happened to us both literally and figuratively! :)
After the stressful drive over Chang La we reached Pangong a little breathless and fatigued. However it was a gloriously sunny day and the deep blue waters of the lake juxtaposed perfectly against the burnt sienna of the mountains! Needless to say we got our cameras out and headed to the lake shores. Straight away it was disheartening to see the litter around the lake. A 7 UP can was floating in the pristine waters....gosh!!! How could people have the heart to litter this place?? It deserved to be worshiped!
This is a 134 km long endorheic lake that extends well into China, in fact two thirds of the lake is in China. Unfortunately this lake is in disputed land... the LOC cuts across the lake but in the process of establishing where exactly the line exists some 20 kms of the lake is disputed. You need a permit to visit Pangong, it can be got from the Leh Tourism Office.
We saw numerous gulls and grebes on the water. The water is so clear one can see the water bed clearly...the colors of the water were marvelous and the sun made it change colors every few minutes. It was fascinating to say the least. We camped just around the Lake, in the night being so high up, we got a clear view of the star studded sky! In fact the cross section of the Milky Way was distinctly visible! There were moments on the shores of th elake when we thought "Is this the road to heaven?" <see pics for a better understanding>

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  • Updated Sep 19, 2011
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