There are a number of villages around Pangong Tso. These include Merak, Spangmik, Man and Lukung. The people living in these cold villages lead simple lives and follow mostly Buddhist traditions and customs. Festivals celebrated here also have a strong Buddhist flavour. The people living in these villages often make a living rearing yaks and goats. The goats are of a special variety, and their fleece is used to make the famous Pashmina wool. The food cooked by the people of these villages around Pangong is basically Ladakhi. \nMomos or steamed dumplings are popular here. These are usually stuffed with vegetables, meat or cheese. Thukpa, a noodle soup with vegetables and chicken, is one of the most common meal types. Thenthuk, a variation of thukpa, is a noodle soup mixed with vegetables, yak meat, and uneven pieces of wheat. Skyu is another common type of dish that is made from wheat flour, meat, and vegetables. Khambir, a local type of brown bread, is a common side dish with the popular butter tea of the region. Chang, the alcoholic beverage made from millet, is also quite popular among the people.
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