Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

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Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary, Leh Ladakh Overview

Located at an altitude of about 4000-9000 feet in the Ladakhi Changthang Plateau in the Leh district, Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary is considered as the second largest nature reserve after the Northeast Greenland National Park in Denmark due to a range of rare and exotic flora and fauna present here. Apart from the fact that it is home to various plants and animals, it comprises of the highest lakes - Tso Moriri, Pangong Tso, and Tso Kar. The sanctuary is also close to Korzok Monastery which is one of the highlights of the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary.

Being a part of the famous Hindu Kush Himalaya, it stretches 1600 square km into the East of Tibet. Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary is a spot for wildlife lovers as well as religious tourists. It is important to remember that prior permission must be taken from the District Commissioner’s office in Leh for visiting this sanctuary.

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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 Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary can be reached by hiring a private taxi from Leh. One can also reach the sanctuary through the Manali-Srinagar route. Irrespective of the route taken, one will get to witness the breathtaking view of the beautiful snow-capped peaks on the way. 

Best Time to Visit

As compared to other months, the weather in Ladakh during May to September is not very harsh and not very cold either, thereby making the aforesaid months the best time to visit Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary in Ladakh.

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How to reach Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Air: The only option available is the Leh airport, after which various other types of transport are available to reach there destinations.

  • Rail: Udhampur railways station is the closest to Changtang reserve.

  • Road: The best options to ravel by road will be either from Leh or from Srinagar. Luxury buses are available from both the places and the best part of travelling by road is the amazing scenery you get to witness. Even though some things like military checkpoints and narrow roads can be irritating, it is worth all the trouble.

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