Pangong Lake - Day Excursion
Situated in the upper reaches of the Himalayan Mountain range about 140 km from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, the lake is famous for its ever changing hues. At a height of about 13,900 ft, the name Pangong is derived from the Tibetan word Banggong Co meaning long, narrow, enchanted lake. While one third of the lake is in India, the remaining two thirds is in Tibet that is controlled by China. A majority of the streams that fill the lake are located on the Tibetan side. Despite containing saline water, the lake freezes over completely during winter. The lake does not support vegetation or aquatic life except for some small crustaceans. However, there are several small birds that the lake acts as an important breeding ground for. A large variety of migratory birds like Brahmani Ducks, rare black necked cranes and seagulls can be found nearby the lake making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers. One can also spot Ladakhi marmots, the rodent-like creatures which can grow up to the size of a small dog.