Lakes in Ladakh

Lakes in Ladakh

Referred to as the paradise on earth; Ladakh is one of those top-notch destinations that have been luring travelers from not just India but all around the world. People have been visiting Leh Ladakh for a lot of reasons. Profound due to its sheer natural beauty, Ladakh is a wonderful place to visit with family and friends. But a lot of people enjoy a road trip to this wonderful place. From the challenging roads to the thrilling views; each element of the entire journey makes it an absolutely amazing destination. Although Ladakh is dotted with several monasteries, amazing panoramic sights, beautiful and thrilling landscapes, high-altitude, and daunting passes; but amongst all these the lakes of the place become a show-stealer. Not just the mesmerizing view it has on offer but everything else as well. Visiting any of the lakes in Ladakh, where some of them are situated at high-altitude

In other words, we can say that Ladakh is nothing without its natural beauty, visual marvels, and all the lakes. All these elements play a vital role in enhancing the beauty of the place and are a big part of its humbling landscapes. Within the modest landmass it occupies, the Cold Desert of Ladakh has 5 beautiful lakes - Pangong Tso Lake, Tsomoriri Lake, and Tsokar Lake, Lang Tso, and Stat Tso, and Yarab Tso - where each one of them is simply blissful and awe-inspiring than the other. In fact, not many know that the Pangong Tso changes colors with every hour and turns from an emerald green color to varying hues of the sky and velvet blue. The best time to visit these lakes is in the summer season (May to July). During the winters, these lakes freeze. This page enlists and elaborates on the majestic lakes of Ladakh. So, while you plan on a trip to Ladakh make sure to keep these lakes in your itinerary for all the good reasons. Major lakes of Ladakh

Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake is the most popular and amusingly beautiful lake of Ladakh. Another high-altitude lake that is only ⅓ of its portion in India. The rest of the lake lies in the Chinese area. With beautiful mountains on the backdrop, Pangong has a lot of naturally beautiful landscapes in the backdrop. This saltwater lake is located at an astonishing altitude of 4350 m. The lake is almost 5 km wide and a huge 134 km deep. It is believed that the lake is almost 328 feet deep.

Attractions of Pangong Lake: Apart from the beautiful landscapes, it is the flora and fauna of the place that makes it an amazing place.

Best time to visit Pangong Lake: You can visit here throughout the year. The beauty keeps intact and doesn’t change much.

Tso Moriri

Tso Moriri is one of the best Lakes of Ladakh and probably the place that you shouldn’t miss out on at all costs. Located just about 250 km from Leh, this majestic lake is a wonderful and peaceful place. The lake is supposed to be 7 km broad and approximately 19 km long. This is a high-altitude saltwater lake and one of those that lie entirely in India. The place is a protected wetland which means you cannot camp around the lake but surely staying at an option some km away will be good enough.

Attractions of Tso Moriri: 

  • There are almost 34 species of birds that can be spotted here and amongst these 14 are water birds.
  • A 400 years old monastery lies on the western bank of the lake- Korzok Monastery.
  • Shakyamuni Buddha Statue
  • Korzok Gustor Festival
  • The Buddhist painting by Tibetan

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Tso Moriri is during Summer and Monsoon. It means between May and September.

Tso Kar

Tso Kar is one of the offbeat attractions of Ladakh and this lake hasn’t got the much-needed attention as the other lakes mentioned above. But that’s exactly why this place is a must-visit destination for travelers. If you wish to enjoy the serenity and pristine lake, then Tso Kar can be a wonderful option.

Attractions of Tso Kar:  Also called “The White Lake” of Ladakh; it is not the Snow that makes it white but the salt lining that has been created at the circumference. This lake is just about 50 km from Tso Moriri.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Tso Kar is between May and September.

Yarab Tso

Situated in the Nubra region of Ladakh, Yarab Tso gets a lot of travelers every year. It is one of the best lakes of Ladakh due to many reasons. Be it the natural beauty it gets from the Nubra Valley or the rugged mountains that are located near the area. To reach this lake you will have to ride to the Panamik Village and then there is a trek of approximately 20 minutes up the mountain to reach here.

Attractions of Yarab Tso: Some of the finest attractions of Ladakh are located in proximity to the lake. Here they are.

  • Panamik Village
  • Sumur Village
  • Diskit Village
  • Diskit Monastery
  • Cold Desert of Hunder
  • Maitreya Buddha Statue in Diskit

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Tso Kar is between May and September. However, a person can visit here anytime throughout the year.

Lang Tso and Stat Tso

Popularly known as the twin lakes of Ladakh, Lang Tso, and Stat Tso is a fine place to visit. They lie at the end of the Pensi La pass. This pass connects Zanskar Valley with Zuru Valley. It is another breathtaking place with loads of wonderful sights to admire.

Attractions of Lang Tso and Stat Tso

  • Pensi La Pass
  • Zanskar Valley
  • Zuru Valley

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Tso Kar is between May and September. People do visit here during winters as well when the Chadar Trek starts.

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