Hemis Wildlife Sanctuary
This National Park is home to some of the most exotic and rare flora and fauna species. It was established in 1981 and it is named after the Hemis Monastery, founded in 1630 by Lama Tagstang. The most sought after animal species of the sanctuary are Snow Leopards, Shapu, Wild Sheeps, Ibex and Goats. Its natural habitat dwells over 17 mammal and 70 bird species. Its range of flora constitutes majorly alpine vegetation, like Anemone, Veronica, Delphinum, Gentiana, Lloydia and Kobresia. An abode of birds like Great Grey Shrike, Red Mantled Rose Finch, Black Throated Thrush, the Robin Acceptor, Spotted Flycatcher, Himalayan Whistling Thrush, White Rumped Shama, etc. Some of the most endangered animal species that reside here are Ladakh Urial, Tibetan Argali, Bharal, Tibetan Wild Ass, Dholes, etc. The best way to see this place is by jeep safaris and the best time to visit is from May to October.