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The Hemis High Altitude National Park

Location : Near Leh, Ladakh Region, J&K 600-sq-kms
Main attractions : Shapu, Bharal, Snow Leopard
Best time to visit :  Mammal viewing - September to March / Bird viewing - March to May & September to December
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The Hemis High Altitude National Park includes the catchments of two valleys, which drain into the River Indus. It is named after the famous monastery -- Hemis, and sprawls over 600-sq-km in the Markha And Rumbak valleys. The conditions are very bleak and desolate in this park. The terrain is rocky and the thin soil cover supports a poor vegetative growth. Dry alpine pastures are present in sheltered locations. Grass growth is relatively rapid during the summer season after the melting of the snow.


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