Besides being holidaymakers' dream destination, Ladakh is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Several species of flora and fauna are essential to the region. The land houses various vegetation and wild animals that have adapted themselves to the extreme temperatures. Not only wildlife lovers but also photography fanatics can pursue their passion amidst the backdrop of dramatic mountains, clear skies, and azure lakes. Embark on a wildlife Ladakh tour with Leh Ladakh India, and see what the ‘Land of High Passes’ has in store. Our experts will customize the itinerary to your needs, ensuring a fun-filled Ladakh adventure.

Flora and Fauna in Ladakh

Many flora and fauna, including some endangered species, are found in Ladakh. With a wide range of natural vegetation and wildlife of Ladakh, some of them are mentioned below.

Flora of Ladakh

In spite of the region's altitude and rugged terrain, sparse vegetation can be seen here. A few valleys of the area are quite fertile, and besides certain crops and plants, some willow groves, herbs, and wild roses are grown here. About 1,100 medicinal plants were also spotted here.

Fauna of Ladakh

One can easily spot several animals roaming freely in their habitat in Ladakh. Moreover, Hemis National Park is also a top tourist attraction in Ladakh to spot the fantastic fauna in a single place. Yaks, ibex, Tibetan hare, Blue sheep, wild ass, Bharal, Marmot, the Tibetan antelope, also called the Chiru and the Snow Leopard, etc., are part of the ecosystem of Ladakh.

Avifauna of Ladakh

Nearly 310 bird species contribute to Ladakh's avifauna. Golden Eagle, Lamagier, Wall creeper, Rock Bunting, black-necked crane, and Himalayan Snowcock make Ladakh a must-visit destination for marveling at superb avifauna.

Famous National Parks or Wildlife Sanctuaries in Ladakh

Hemis National Park

Nestled in the eastern Ladakh region, Hemis National Park is famed for housing the Snow Leopards. Also known as the High Altitude National Park, the park is India's largest notified protected area. Numerous endangered mammals reside at this Hemis Wildlife Sanctuary in their natural habitat. The park also enjoys excellent geographical conditions, as the banks of the Indus River bound it to the north. It also includes catchments of the Sumdah, Markha, Rumbak, and parts of the Zanskar Range.

Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary

Surrounded by two world-famous and large water lakes, Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri, the Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for wildlife lovers. The Sanctuary is home to many species of fauna and flora. More than 200 wild plant species grow in the area's higher pastures. Alternatively known as the Changthang Cold Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, it is one of the few important places in India where rare black-necked cranes and Tibetan wild ass reside.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Ladakh is summer, which spans from April to mid-May. This season is considered the perfect time to spot Ladakh wild animals and visit the national parks & wildlife sanctuaries of Ladakh. However, Winter is also a good time to spot a Snow Leopard.

Any permission or permits required

No permit is required to Hemis National Park or explore the wildlife of Ladakh.

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