Stretching around 150km (with the eastern two-thirds in Tibet), this mesmerising lake plays artist with a surreal palette of vivid colours, from Carribbean-style turquoise to leaden grey, depending on the light, contrasting magically with the surrounding khakhi swirls of arid, snow-brushed mountains. Visitor activities don't stretch much beyond ogling the ever-changing lake and taking bracing lakeshore walks.
A Leh–Pangong jeep or motorbike safari is a scenically impressive adventure, crossing the 5360m Chang La en route, but it's a trip that is now very popular with domestic Indian tourists, so brace yourself for some crowds. It's a long drive, so plan on sleeping at least one night, preferably in quieter Man. To get here non-Indians need to obtain permits through an agency in Leh.