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Pangong Tso

Pangong Lake or Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake) is a high altitude brackish/salt water lake situated in the himalaya at a height of about 4,350 m (13,900 ft). A third of the lake lies in India while two thirds of the the lake lies in China. The lake is supposedly 5 km wide at its broadest point.
Pangong Tso is about five hours drive from Leh, most of it through spectacular valleys. The road also traverses the third-highest pass in the world, the Changla pass, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors. The Tea is FREE.
A special permit is required to visit the lake.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso The route takes us south east from Leh beyond shey and Thicksey. We take a left at karoo where the the ascent begins to Chang La pass

The route takes us south east from Leh beyond shey and Thicksey. We take a left at karoo where the the ascent begins to Chang La pass

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso Approaching Chang La pass, 5270 m./17,300 ft

Approaching Chang La pass, 5270 m./17,300 ft

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso After some very slow and careful driving up the pass we reach the high point at 17800 feet.

After some very slow and careful driving up the pass we reach the high point at 17800 feet.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso This pass is named after a sadhu or a holy man called Chang La Baba. A shrine in his honour.

This pass is named after a sadhu or a holy man called Chang La Baba. A shrine in his honour.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso I decide to explore a bit while Rigzen gets out for free tea and a chat with the Army guys. Dont expect restaurant here. The tea house is a little tent with a boiling pot of tea right at the center and chairs around it. Everything is so quiet, white and frozen around here.

I decide to explore a bit while Rigzen gets out for free tea and a chat with the Army guys. Dont expect restaurant here. The tea house is a little tent with a boiling pot of tea right at the center and chairs around it. Everything is so quiet, white and frozen around here.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso That must be the Himalayan high mountain puppy 
:-)

That must be the Himalayan high mountain puppy
:-)

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso This Gypsy is coming up the pass from the other side. We will be meeting them soon

This Gypsy is coming up the pass from the other side. We will be meeting them soon

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso and here they are

and here they are

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kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso Frozen stream

Frozen stream

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kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso Police check post

Police check post

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso Army tow trucks

Army tow trucks

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso After having descended from Chang La Pass, It has gotten a little dry with the lower altitude. A little lake in the distance. No, that is not Pangong Lake

After having descended from Chang La Pass, It has gotten a little dry with the lower altitude. A little lake in the distance. No, that is not Pangong Lake

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso Stupa is actually Sanskrit for \

Stupa is actually Sanskrit for "pile" as in a heap that gradually accumulates when each visitor leaves a small stone as a momento.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso Buddhists believe in the idea that by hanging prayer flags in high places such as from the top of stupas and across mountain paths, the wind will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings.

Buddhists believe in the idea that by hanging prayer flags in high places such as from the top of stupas and across mountain paths, the wind will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings.

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kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso The BRO (Border Roads Organization) keeps you entertained throughout with their funny and yet meaningful road signs.

The BRO (Border Roads Organization) keeps you entertained throughout with their funny and yet meaningful road signs.

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kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso Another one of those road signs.

Here is a little list of Funny Road Signs Quotes that we noticed:
1. Check your nerves, on my curves
2. Be gentle on my curves
3. If married, divorce speed
4. Drive carefully, Live cheerfully
5. Love your neighbor, but not while driving.
6. If you sleep, your family will weep.
7. Drive on muscle power, not rum power.
8. After whiskey, driving is risky.
9. No race, no rally, enjoy he beauty of the valley;
10. Drive like hell, and you will be there!
11. Dont be a gama in the land of the Lama
12. Beware, I am curvacious.
13. Better to be Mr Late than Late Mr
14. Drive, dont Fly
15. Lower your Gear, Curve is Near
16. This is a highway, not a runway
17. Fast wont Last
18. Alert Today Alive Tomorrow

Another one of those road signs.
Here is a little list of Funny Road Signs Quotes that we noticed:
1. Check your nerves, on my curves
2. Be gentle on my curves
3. If married, divorce speed
4. Drive carefully, Live cheerfully
5. Love your neighbor, but not while driving.
6. If you sleep, your family will weep.
7. Drive on muscle power, not rum power.
8. After whiskey, driving is risky.
9. No race, no rally, enjoy he beauty of the valley;
10. Drive like hell, and you will be there!
11. Dont be a gama in the land of the Lama
12. Beware, I am curvacious.
13. Better to be Mr Late than Late Mr
14. Drive, dont Fly
15. Lower your Gear, Curve is Near
16. This is a highway, not a runway
17. Fast wont Last
18. Alert Today Alive Tomorrow

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso We postponed our trip to Pangong Tso by a few days when we heard news that a flash flood had washed away a bridge. Work is still in progress here but they managed to clear a path for the vehicles to pass through.

We postponed our trip to Pangong Tso by a few days when we heard news that a flash flood had washed away a bridge. Work is still in progress here but they managed to clear a path for the vehicles to pass through.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso A lone worker walks along the dusty road

A lone worker walks along the dusty road

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso Road construction activity. What we noticed is that its mostly the women who do the hard work of lifting rocks and digging dirt.

Road construction activity. What we noticed is that its mostly the women who do the hard work of lifting rocks and digging dirt.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso Another broken bridge.

Another broken bridge.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso The flood filled the river valley with billions of boulders from the mountains above.

The flood filled the river valley with billions of boulders from the mountains above.

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kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso First view of Pangong Lake.

First view of Pangong Lake.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso The tea house by the lake

Just one old man in the middle of nowhere making tea and Maggi noodles for visitors

The tea house by the lake
Just one old man in the middle of nowhere making tea and Maggi noodles for visitors

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso Pangong Lake or Pangong Tso

Further up this path or along the lake is the Indo China Border

A third of the lake lies in India while two thirds of the the lake lies in China

Pangong Lake or Pangong Tso
Further up this path or along the lake is the Indo China Border
A third of the lake lies in India while two thirds of the the lake lies in China

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso Its bitterly cold and arrid

Its bitterly cold and arrid

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso There is only Tea and Maggi for Lunch

There is only Tea and Maggi for Lunch

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kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Pangong Tso

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