Hemis National Park, Leh

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Hemis National Park is a high altitude national park in the eastern Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. World famous for being the best place to see the snow leopard in the wild, it is believed to have the highest density of snow leopards of any protected area in the world. It is the only national park in India north of the Himalayas, the largest notified protected area in India, and is the second largest contiguous protected area after the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and surrounding protected areas. The park is home to a number of species of endangered mammals including the snow leopard. Hemis National Park is India's only protected area inside the Palearctic ecozone, outside the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary northeast of Hemis, and the proposed Tso Lhamo Cold Desert Conservation Area in North Sikkim.
The park is bounded on the north by the banks of the Indus River, and includes the catchments of Markha, Sumdah and Rumbak, and parts of the Zanskar Range.
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  • Hemis Monastery is renowned worldwide for rare wildlife which is found here . The rare Snow Leopard, Ibex and other wildlife are seen in aplenty in this region where these wild animals live  more »
  • I found this monastery to be the most beautiful in leh, located 35 km from Leh city on the way to Pangog TSO. You can sight snow leopard if you are lucky  more »
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