If you want to explore Pangong Tso Lake in the true sense then staying with a local family in their house, eating what they eat and experiencing their way of life is one of the best ways to go about it. Homestays in Merak are a very popular concept today and an alternate way of accommodation. It gives you an insight into how harsh life is at such altitudes where people have to struggle every day in extreme climate conditions and terrain. Living in a homestay gives you a sense of satisfaction and joy like no other.
The larger-Indian cuisine of rice, rotis and accompaniments is also becoming popular ever since the import of rice and wheat has become viable. No festival, social gathering or an occasion is complete without the local tipple of Chang (barley beer) and Arak (harder fermented barley alcohol). For the teetotalers, sweet lemon and milk tea are drunk and offered through the day. Chaza – Salted butter tea made from Yak butter is very popular amongst the locals and almost tastes like a soup.