Famous Lake in Ladakh – Pangong Lake

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Pangong lake is the famous lake in ladakh. Pangong lake details all at one place – Pangong lake camp stay, leh to pangong lake distance by road, pangong temperature, pangong tso weather, pangong lake in july.

Famous lake in ladakh

The lake is also known as Pangong Tso. Pangong lake is located near the Indo – china border at a distance of 147 km from leh. It is a beautiful lake in the himalayas situated at a height of 4,370 m (14,270 ft). Most of the portion of the lake is located in the Tibetan autonomous region in China. The lake is 5 km wide in Indian region and all together it covers 604 sq. km.

It takes around 4 hrs to reach the lake from Leh city. You can visit pangong lake by the tourist permit which you can buy from tourist office in Leh. Most of the roads in the way to pangong lake are rough and dynamic mountain road. The road crosses Shey and Sakti villages and Chang la where army sentries and tea house greet visitors.

The lake is also famous as the shooting location of hit bollywood movie, “3 idiots”. The location is still decorated as the shooting location of the movies where you can go and click pictures with the sets of the movie.

The best time to visit ladakh is in the summers, because during the winters, temperature of ladakh and pangong lake goes below 0, the means in negative. In the summer months of May – June the temperature remains cold but but it will not go below 10 degree.

Leh to Pangong Lake distance by road

Distance : 147 km (via pangong lake road)

Duration : 3 hr 40 min

Transport from Leh

1. Leh to Pangong Lake by Bus

Leh to pangong bus Fare : Rs. 250 per person (each side)

Leh to pangong on a bus is a hepatic journey, but if you are on a budget trip then yes, bus is the best option to travel around ladakh region. Getting a bus from Leh to pangong lake is not any trouble. You will get bus from Leh bus stand which departs every Saturday and Sunday at 6 a.m. from leh. This bus will halt for the night and return the next morning when you can catch it for coming back to leh. Bus will not take you directly to pangong lake, but it will drop you at nearby village, from where you can take other means or walk to pangong lake, because it is not too far.

Leh to Phobrang village Bus : In case you missed the bus on saturday at 6 a.m., then don’t worry you can catch the Leh to phobrang bus from Leh on same Saturday at 7 a.m. Phobrang is also another nearby village from pangong lake. You can catch a taxi from phobrang to reach pangong tso. Fare of this bus will be Rs. 263.

Leh to Chushul village Bus : In case you want to travel Leh to pangong on Wednesday, then only option is to catch, Leh to chushul bus, from where you will get cab to reach pangong lake. Fare of this bus is Rs. 345.

(Tip : Chushul is 124 km away from pangong lake, so it is better to choose buses that are available on Saturday and Sunday. Plan your ladakh trip in such a way, so that you can leave for pangong lake on Saturday or Sunday.)

2. Leh to Pangong lake by cab

Cab is always the best option to travel anywhere in ladakh. You get two options in cab to visit pangong lake either to book a private cab or to get a shared cab. If you are booking a private cab then you should always book cab before the day you will travel to pangong lake.

Leh to pangong lake shared cab

Fare : Rs. 500 per person (each side).

Leh to pangong lake private cab

Fare (round trip): SUV – Rs. 9500 & Tempo Traveler – Rs. 10800

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What to do near famous lake in ladakh – Pangong lake sightseeing

1. Pangong Lake Camp Stay
Camp near famous lake in ladakh
Apart from booked camping, you can also take your own tents and setup your own camp. Don’t worry, its legal.
But it is always better to book camps from the professionals who provide camping with all the facilities you need. These booked camps can give you better experience than private camps. More than this, why to arrange everything by yourself, when you can get everything arranged at these camps. You can also make new friends while staying at these camps. These camps are much safer than the tents you will setup.

Scroll Down to see list of Camps and Hotels near Pangong Lake
2. Photos with “3 idiots” last scene set
3 idiots last scene
As you can see in the picture, this scooter has become the trademark of this location. It was a part of the 3 idiot movie. Not only this there are many more things related to the movie. You can click photo with some other items also by paying a amount of Rs. 50 – 100.
3. Cafes near Pangong Lake
Cafes near famous lake in Ladakh
You wll also get cafes near pangong lake.There are 3 cafes near pangong lake from which 2 are named after the movie. These are
(1) Pangong Kitchen
(2) 3 idiots cafe
(3) Rancho Cafe
4. Hotels near Pangong Lake

As pangong lake is the famous lake in ladakh, tourists are are also provided with hotels and camps near the lake to spend most of the time near the lake.

These are the lists of some camps and hotels to stay near pangong lake

Pangong Retreat Camp

Call: +91 99060 90229

Pangong Holiday Cottages

Call: +91 99712 53990

Ser Bhum Tso Resort

Call: +91 98205 01211

Dream Land Wooden Cottage

Call: +91 94195 36311

The Regal Camp Pangong

Call: 011 2616 2705

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