Label : Must Visit
Tags : Lake
Open hours : It's open throughout the year however the best time is between 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM when the lake has it's popular colour.
Time Required : 1 to 2 hours
Entry Fee : Here is how much an Inner Line Permit will cost you:
Environmental fees: INR 400
Donation to the Red Cross: INR 100
Fee for wildlife protection: INR 20 per day
Height : 4350 metres
Length : 12 kms
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The most popular tourist attraction in Ladakh, Pangong lake is an endorheic (landlocked) lake situated at 4350 meters. Also known as Pangong Tso it is 12 kilometres long and extends from India to Tibet. Almost 60% of Pangong Lake lies in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. A unique feature of the lake is that it does not remain blue throughout the year or even the day, rather it changes colours from azure to light blue to green and grey too! It is famous amongst tourists as Ladakh lake, the spot where the Bollywood movie "3 Idiots" was shot.
Since the enthralling Pangong Lake falls on the Sino-Indian Actual Line of Control, an inner line permit is required to visit it. The Indian Nationals can easily obtain individual permits while other foreign nationals need to obtain a group permit, with at least 3 persons in the group, accompanied by an accredited guide.
The permit can be obtained at the tourist office in Leh, for a small fee. Owing to its altitude, the Pangong Lake temperature ranges from -5°C to 10°C as a result of which it freezes completely during winters in spite of its salinity.
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