Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

The Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary, also called the Changthang Cold Desert Wildlife Sanctuary is a high altitude wildlife sanctuary located in the Ladakhi adjunct of the Changthang plateau in the Leh District of Ladakh. The Sanctuary occupies an area of 4000 Square Kilometres and is noted as one of the few places in India with a population of the Kiang or Tibetan Wild Ass, as well as the rare Black-necked Crane. It is home to a diversity of flora and fauna and is known to be boasting the highest lake on earth, Tso Moriri.

Dominant Flora

More than 200 species of wild plants can be found here. These wild plants are mostly edible by animals.

Dominant Fauna

Mammals: The sanctuary houses Kaing, snow leopard, lynx, wolf and wild dog. Also, one can spot wild ungulates Tibetan Gazelle, Tibetan Argali, Blue Sheep, Wild Yak, Ibex, and Ladakh Urial.

Birds: Black Necked Crane and seasonal species of migratory birds can be spotted here.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit the Wildlife Sanctuary is between the months of May and December as the weather is considered best during these months.

How to Reach

Nearest Train Station: The nearest train station is Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir which is located at a distance of around 800 km. From there, a taxi or a bus can be taken.

Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport which is considered the 23rd highest airport globally, the airport has great connectivity with other cities and is also referred to as one of the most scenic airports in the world. After getting off the airport, a private taxi or a jeep can be hired.

Road Accessibility : From Leh, a taxi can be hired which is very costly. Traveling by bus can also be considered but there aren't many options available.

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