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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  • I camped just short of the village of Rumbak in Hemis National Park. Camping in winter there is a great experience as long as you're ready for the cold. Overnight it got down to -25c but the Austrian ...  more »
  • Hemis monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh and has existed before the 11th century. It is further down from Tiksey monastery on the Leh- Srinagar road and about 45 km from Leh. Hemis m...  more »
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