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We all seek inspiration to travel from a lot of mediums. Be it movies, blogs or Instagram. Every anecdote of an awesome destination makes you expand your travel bucket list. With a lot of new destinations and attractions being portrayed actively on these platforms, our wanderlust never ends. One such attraction which received a lot of fame is Pangong Lake, Leh.
Shown in the movie 3 idiots, Pangong Lake left people wondering if the location was actually in India and they were delighted to find the truth. Among the blogger community, Pangong Lake was already famous, but the last scene of 3 idiots put it on the main tourist grid. When I visited Leh recently, I saw Pangong Lake on almost every itinerary designed by the local tour operators. They refer the lake as 3 Idiots Lake in their Ladakh tour itinerary to attract the clientele. In fact, there are a lot of other attractions as well in Leh which have been named after its appearance in 3 Idiots. The school shown in movie’s last scene is now named as Rancho’s school. There are a couple of cafes also named after the movie.
Considering all these fame surrounded around Pangong Lake, when I visited Leh, I decided to opt for another beautiful lake, Tso Moriri. The meaning of Tso in the local language is a lake, hence this is known as the Moriri Lake as well. The landscapes were pretty similar to what is depicted of Pangong Lake in the movie, 3 idiots. The stark contrast between the water, sky, and land was brilliant at Tso Moriri as well. The dominating clouds at the distant horizon created a picture-perfect setup to admire. Far in the distance, an impending shower made a part of clouds dark. The showers were visible soon after, in the form of gray streaks above the distant mountains. As the dark clouds traversed in our direction, we quickly snapped some pictures for us to reminisce later.