Viral video of Audi Q3 driving through Pangong Lake; Netizens Fume

Many tourists in the past have received challans and fines from the Ladakh administration for not following rules near the Pangong Lake. The high altitude saltwater lake attracts thousands of tourists every year from various parts of the country. To maintain the lake and the ecological balance of the place, Ladakh police have strict orders to not enter the lake with a vehicle.

The video shared Jigmat Ladakhi shows three occupants in an Audi Q3. Two of them are out from the sunroof while the driver takes the vehicle through the Pangong Tso. There is a table with assorted alcohol in the video as well. We are not sure if the act is done under the influence of alcohol.

Even though the registration number of the vehicle is clearly visible in the video, the Ladakh administration is yet to take any actions against the violators.

It is illegal to get the vehicles into Pangong Lake. Locals believe that the lake is sacred and many worship the lake as well.

Vehicles often get stuck on the lake

There are numerous vehicles that get stuck on the banks of Pangong Lake every year. Even though the authorities have dug up tranches to solve the issue, many tourists go far off secluded regions to do suck illegal stunts.

Permanent structures are not allowed along the banks of the Pangong Lake due to the sensitivity of the region. The authorities keep a vigilant eye on such construction along the lake to make sure that the lake does not get affected by the human settlement.

Keeping the Pangong safe

The Pangong Tso is a high altitude lake it extends to Tibet. This is a holy lake for the Buddhists and even the locals of the region say that the lake is holy. That is why diving and taking a vehicle near the bank of this lake are not allowed. However, there are still many who defy these rules just to enjoy the moment.

It is not only about the Pangong Tso region but there are many such tourists spots across India where the visitors create a ruckus regularly. While most of the locals do depend on the tourists to earn a livelihood, they remain quite unhappy about the behaviour of the tourists.

This is why one should always be extra careful while visiting the tourist spots and ensure that they follow all the rules of the region. When the tourists do not follow the rules and regulations, most locals and authorities take drastic steps like barricading the area or even not allowing people to bring their own vehicles. That is why everyone should be a responsible tourist.

Shantonil Nag

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