Pangong, Ladakh

People visit Pangong for one reason: Pangong Tso. A photographer’s dream this 134km long water body extends into China. Made famous by the Bollywood hit movie “3 Idiots” tourists come in their droves to capture this iconic lake. On route from Ladakh, you’ll cross the high altitude Chang-La Pass (17,500 feet) and be able to spot wild ponies and Himalayan marmots at the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary. There’s little in the way of accommodation at Pangong Lake, so be prepared to abstain from a shower and make do with a plate of momos or a bowl of Maggi noodles for the evening.