July 9, 2014

Pangong Lake, India

Photograph by Sanjeev Bhor

Blue water swirls with green at Pangong Lake in Ladakh, India. The Himalayan lake lies on the Sino-Indian boundary and is the subject of many territory disputes between China and India.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Winners will be announced July 31.


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46 comments
Kip Keino
Kip Keino

It's also nice to not have buildings or docks around it. Reminds me a bit of Pyramid Lake north of Reno Nevada.

Abhijeet Pise
Abhijeet Pise

Awesome composing! Looks like God's own lake!


Wendra Hs
Wendra Hs

i hope, sometimes i can visit to the pangong lake. aminn

Leyla R.
Leyla R.

Amazing landscape and beautiful place

Breda Jurecko
Breda Jurecko

beautiful...hope to visit Ladakh next year...

C Krahe
C Krahe

Beautiful picture-- I wish I could find it in the wallpapers so I could keep it.

TRUPTI MRABHAKAR
TRUPTI MRABHAKAR

Beautiful picture. been here. Its such an incredible place. Biked from Leh to Pangong. As you are reaching Pangong, it gives you a little blue peek as to what lies amidst these mighty mountains. And when you reach this lake, every thing you are and what you feel, wants to melt in the shimmering green blue water flanked by the brown mountains. .It calls out to you. No kidding. The sun plays with lake and it changes colors..Its a sight you never want to forget and want to see it forever. It looks like a painting, with clear blue sky and that still aqua blue water. In this place, the sky is so so deep blue, that it almost looks unreal. All I can say is that God is an amazing artist!! 


And the water if freaking cold, if you ever want to take a dip!!! 

M. Linde
M. Linde

Incredible breathtaking beauty.

Elena Reed
Elena Reed

The photo of the blue into green with the whitish swirls -- looks yin/yang to me.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Wow!!      This is so awesome.         Can't believe how spectacular this photo is.    It appears to be from another planet or something!

Shannon T
Shannon T

Makes me think of paisley. This is a truly beautiful photo.

John Laughlin
John Laughlin

Brilliant photo Sanjeev , Wow there are some truly beautiful places in this world. this photo says it all..

Nayan Salehin
Nayan Salehin

The Hand of God Fingered Painted This Picture

Azfar Khan
Azfar Khan

wonderfull laddakh;stunning photograph

Yolanda Patterson
Yolanda Patterson

It looks like the hand of God fingered painted this picture. 


Lourdes Maqueo
Lourdes Maqueo

Beautiful contrast, I can feel silence and piece. 

Renata Quattro
Renata Quattro

Love it, so crisp it is like looking at the scene live. There is no 'noise' my eyes can detect.


Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The blue of the sky at the top if the picture is far too intense! And so making it look unreal, just as the water at the back looks. For clarity I give it full marks, tho' its not a picture  that I am in love with.  j.e.s.......

Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

What a beautiful capture.  Bluest blue, and wonderful contrast.  Choc-a-bloc full of light and wonder surely.  Congrats and thanks for sharing.

Roy Van Rivero
Roy Van Rivero

If you watched 3 idiots, this was the place where the film finale was shot.

H. Mulla
H. Mulla

Wow.........Good Shot Bro..

Vinodh S
Vinodh S

Nature is Beauty... Good shot....

Pramod Upadhyay
Pramod Upadhyay

There are many vivid and exciting views of this lake, this is a modest one.

Pratik Awasthi
Pratik Awasthi

@Joy Saldanha  It is because of the altitude of the place. The lake is located at an altitude of  4,350 m (14,270 ft).

The blue color of the sky is the result of preferential scattering of blue light by air molecules. As you get above some of the air by going up the mountain or to a high altitude, there are fewer air molecules above you to scatter blue light to you. So there is not as much blue light which is another way of saying that it is a darker blue.  :)

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