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Pangong Tso, Leh

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See how nature crafted one of the most recognizable water-filled basins at the world's rooftop at Pangong Tso. This salty lake attracts swarms of tourists, however, people of foreign nationality require group permits accompanied by an accredited guide to visit. Explore the countryside near Chang La--the third-highest motorable mountain pass--and view or photograph the green, brown, and purple Himalayan backdrop. Witness how the lake, despite its saline traits, becomes frozen during winter (solid enough that you can walk across it). Visit the gala festival of ice skating and immerse yourself in the local culture of the native people. Nearby towns provide basic accommodation, but you can also bring a tent. Make Pangong Tso a centerpiece of your Leh vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Leh vacation planner.
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  • I guess pangong tso is the best spot every type of travellers. I would say its a must visit place in the leh.  more »
  • It is heaven on earth. This is the main attraction in Leh-Ladakh region and you should not ever miss this . It took 4 to 5 hrs to reach there from Leh city. The condition of road was very bad. You wil...  more »
  • An absolutely beautiful place. You can get lost in it's beauty, reading a book, listening to music or even just gazing at it. Sad that 1/3rd of it is in China!  more »

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With all its history, architecture, and scenery, you won't be surprised to learn that Leh possesses plenty of accommodations. A number of hotels with standard rooms sit on the fringes of the old town area, while a few more exclusive options lie a little farther out, occupying scenic positions with views of the town and the mountains. Take a look at the northern suburbs for some of the most budget-friendly options, with the agricultural districts of Changspa and Karzoo offering a wealth of guesthouses surrounded by scenic agricultural fields.
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