Next day we started our journey in the very early morning hours as the distance between Leh and Pangong Lake is around 170 Kms which takes around 4 to 5 hr drive. Pangong Lake is situated at the height of around 14200 ft on the Indo Chinese border with only one-fourth part lying inside the Indian borders. The entire route is through one of the toughest terrains, world’s third highest motor able road. The lake itself has a very picturesque surrounding, blue water body surrounded by white high mountain peaks. In fact this location has been often used in several movies and documentary films including the recent bollywood blockbuster ‘3 idiots’ climax scene was shot here. The recommended route is from Leh to Karu which is around 36 kms to Sakti to Chang La to to Durbuk toTangste to Lukung and to Spangmik.
On the route our visit to Shey palace was planned as per our itinerary of the Leh Ladakh Tour. Shey Palace which in ruins now was built around mid of 16th century along with Shey Monastery near the Shey Village by the king of Ladakh Deldan Namgyal. The Shey monastery is famous for the giant copper statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. The name got derived from the word ‘Sakya’ i.e. people of Himalayan foothills and Kapilvastu as their capital. The total route is full of spots where one could easily spot bird fauna. Then we headed back to our route to Pangong Lake for the night stay at a resort named Pangong Camp Resort which one of the best accommodation facility available in that specific area. The scenic beauty of the Pangong Lake intensifies in the night especially under the moonlight the water colour remains blue as it is. Overall it is a mesmerizing experience taking a stroll around the lake in the evening/night.
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