Pangong Tso – A lake that changes colour

Pangong lake is the world’s highest saltwater lake situated at an altitude of almost 4,350m in the union territory of Ladakh. The lake derives its name from the Tibetan word, “Pangong Tso”, which means “high grassland”. For the last decade, acquiring the western front of the lake has been a point of contention between India and China because 2/3rd of the lake about 20 km from the Line of Actual Control lies in Tibet.

Colorful water of the world's highest salt water lake the Pangong lake  (Ladakh India). [4608x2176] [OC] #Music #IndieArtis… | Salt water lake,  Salt and water, Water
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The charm of Pangong lake is its ability to change colour. The shades range from light green to crystal blue and sometimes even golden,red and pink. Experts believe that change in sky colour and refraction at high altitudes causes this phenomenon.

Why Pangong Tso Lake Is Enchanting And Deserves A Visit | Travel.Earth
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Plan Your Trip To The Lake Of Changing Colours, Pangong Lake
Pink colour of the lake , Source-https://www.herzindagi.com/

Another intriguing quality of the lake is that it completely freezes during the winter months (November-March) despite having brackish character. The rocks situated in the bed of the lake discharge high amounts of salt which is not drained into any sea or ocean and so it remains enclosed within the water body , causing the water to be saline.

Frozen Lakes of India | India.com
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The lake does not support any vegetation or aquatic life except for some species of shrimps but it is an important breeding ground for migratory birds like- Brahmini ducks, black-necked cranes, and a plethora of seagulls. A species of herbivorous ground squirrel called Marmot and a type of wild ass locally known as Kiang are the commonly found creatures here.

Pangong Lake, Ladakh: Of Ever-Changing Colours and Sparkling Waters
Himalayan Marmot , Source-https://www.budgetwayfarers.com/

The snow-capped Himalayas, crystal clear water, and serene environment will make you fall in love with the Pangong lake. Camping by the clear waters and enjoying the breathtaking view will complete your experience.

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