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Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary, Leh Ladakh Overview

The Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary is located at an altitude of about 4000-9000 feet in the Ladakhi Changthang Plateau in the Leh district. The vast range of exotic flora and fauna attribute the sanctuary to be the second-largest nature reserve. It houses the three popular high altitude lakes - Tso Moriri, Pangong Lake and Tso Kar.

The sanctuary is also close to Korzok Monastery which is one of the highest villages in the world.

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Flora and Fauna at Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

Flora: The sanctuary has natural grasslands and more than 200 species of wild plants that grow in the higher pastures. These wild plants are food for plants that live there. Although the vegetation is sparse, the harsh and extreme climatic conditions have resulted in species that have different characteristics. The plants found over there are rare, exotic and are rich in medicinal value which has the ability to cure anyone.

Fauna: Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the few places which is home to Kiang or Tibetan Wild Ass and the rare black-necked crane. Some other animals also include Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Argali, Tibetan gazelle and Wild Yak and Snow Leopard. Various Antelopes, Wild Dogs Ladakh Urial, Brown Bear and Blue Sheep are also found. The sanctuary also prides in having 44 types of waterbirds and seasonal birds as well. 

Himalayan Marmots at Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary
Himalayan Marmots at Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary
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How to Reach Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

Located roughly 75 km from the city of Ladakh, the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary can be reached via a 2 hour and 10-minute drive. There are a couple of private taxis from Leh that are bookable to the sanctuary.

However, hiring a taxi to get around Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary could be a lot more expensive than a self-drive car. One can also reach the sanctuary through the Manali-Srinagar route. There are a few bus options as well.

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