Our trip to the Pangong was planned by one of my colleagues and the most interesting thing about the plan was that it was an all ladies trip. It was a group of 8 ladies and I think it was the best time of my life that I spent without my family.
We took a flight from Delhi to reach Leh. We had booked rooms in a popular hotel a good three months ago. It is always advisable that you do the needful bookings beforehand because during the touring season you may not get rooms. But if you are lucky you may even get it on the spot, like we got an extra room on the spot to fit in our luggage that had a lot of woolen garments.
We needed quite some time to get acquainted with the high altitude and the thin air. After two days of rest, we moved around Leh, saw the Leh Palace and the monasteries nearby. And finally on the fourth day of the tour we left to see the Pangong Tso Lake. It took almost five hours for us to reach Pangong, we had left early in the morning in the biting cold because we needed to get back to Leh before nightfall.
Our travel agent in Leh had arranged our permits and we had hired a well versed driver to drive us to Pangong. On our way to Pangong we went through the Chang La pass, the third highest motorable road in the world. Then we passed thorugh a decent settlement called Tangste where we had our lunch, gossiping and looking around at the beautiful landscape.
Finally at noon we reached Pangong and we just kept looking at the lake as if it was something made up of gold or even something more precious. The lake is eye catching and the changing shades of its water make it look like something magical. We saw various birds around the lake, though it is a salt water lake. Far beyond the lake are China and Tibet territories. We took a lot of photographs here and had a great time. By late evening we were back at our hotel.
Anyone planning a trip to Ladakh and rest of Jammu and Kashmir must not miss visiting this exceptionally beautiful lake.