Stretching around 150km (with the eastern two-thirds in China), this mesmerising lake plays artist with a surreal palette of vivid blues, which contrasts magically with the surrounding colourful mineral swirls of starkly arid, snow-brushed mountains. The scene is also striking for the almost total lack of habitation along shores whose turquoise waters can look Caribbean. Visitor activities don't stretch much beyond ogling the ever-changing lake, but one 'sight' is a sand spit nicknamed ‘Shooting Point’ since its use as a filmset for the 2009 Bollywood hit The 3 Idiots.
A Leh–Pangong jeep safari is a joy in itself, scenically magnificent and constantly varied with serrated peaks, trickling streams, horse meadows, reflective ponds, drifting sands and a 5369m pass. But it's a long drive, so do plan on sleeping at least one night. Foreigners require permits and may not loop to Tso Moriri via Loma Bend (Indians with Chushul permits may do so).