Pangong Tso, Leh

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See how nature crafted one of the most recognizable water-filled basins at the world's rooftop at Pangong Tso. This salty lake attracts swarms of tourists, however, people of foreign nationality require group permits accompanied by an accredited guide to visit. Explore the countryside near Chang La--the third-highest motorable mountain pass--and view or photograph the green, brown, and purple Himalayan backdrop. Witness how the lake, despite its saline traits, becomes frozen during winter (solid enough that you can walk across it). Visit the gala festival of ice skating and immerse yourself in the local culture of the native people. Nearby towns provide basic accommodation, but you can also bring a tent. Make Pangong Tso a centerpiece of your Leh vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Leh vacation planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Can'r define in words. But I'll suggest to stay for atleast a night. a perfect sunset, stars all constellations, 3 color water, stone houses, camping and many more.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    This Lake is located above 4000 m is a beauty and make it happen the road is full of surprise and very chaotic
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  • August 17, 2017
    Our recent trip to the "Land of high passes" Ladhak was a memorable one. A big extended thank you to Irfan and Javed for their warm hospitality. After all its about good, old-fashioned hospitality and...  more »

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With all its history, architecture, and scenery, you won't be surprised to learn that Leh possesses plenty of accommodations. A number of hotels with standard rooms sit on the fringes of the old town area, while a few more exclusive options lie a little farther out, occupying scenic positions with views of the town and the mountains. Take a look at the northern suburbs for some of the most budget-friendly options, with the agricultural districts of Changspa and Karzoo offering a wealth of guesthouses surrounded by scenic agricultural fields.
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