Hemis National Park

Hemis National Park

Hemis National Park is a highly elevated national park located in Ladakh. Prominently famous for its snow leopards, the park has the highest density of snow leopardsall around the world. Hemis National Park is the largest notified protected area in India and the second largest contiguous protected area, after the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and surrounding protected areas.

The park is abode to a variety of endangeredspecies of mammals, including the snow leopard. Hemis National Park is India's protected area inside the Palearctic realm, outside the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary northeast of Hemis, and the proposed Tso Lhamo Cold Desert Conservation Area in North Sikkim. The National Park is located in the rainshadow area of the Himalayas because of which it does not receives much rainfall and thus falls under the dry forests.The park is the residenceof 16 mammal species and 73 bird species.

The park is spread across an area of 3,350 square kilometers and is a must-visit not just for wildlife admire, but for photographers and trekkers also.

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