Ladakh Eco Tour
on a cold desert land at a very high altitude, Ladakh is one of the
favourite tourist destinations in India. Having a low level of atmospheric
oxygen, Ladakh occupies an area of some 90,000 sq. km at an altitude of
2,750 to 6,670 m. Situated in the North India, Ladakh in situated between
Western Himalayas and Tibet and holds the enchanting Hemis National Park.
Mind-blowing beauty and a number of activities including trekking,
white-water rafting, camel and wildlife safaris and sightseeing fascinate
myriad tourists from rest of the country and beyond. Along with the scenic
mountain landscape, Ladakh also homes a number of cultural resources
including local homes and ancient monasteries. It also preserves a very
high-altitude ecosystem of uncommon and endangered flora and fauna.
The Ladakh Region
Nubra Valley is also known as a flowering den in Ladakh region. The area
gets covered in endless bushes of yellow and pink wild roses. But a layer of
wild lavender spreads gently on it as the valley is through with the season
of roses around August. This is comparatively a warmer valley in Ladakh
which makes it perfect for crops and fruits to grow. Another location -
Diskit Village - is located near Khalsar. As the apricot plantations are
spread all over, the valley is a larger village of Nubra valley. The road
between Diskit and a little hamlet Hunder Village winds through a gorgeous
stretch of sand dunes. You can spend a tranquil and pleasant evening amidst
nature with snowcapped peaks in the background..
Eco Tourism in Ladakh
Ladakh's ecosystem is possibly the most
unique and mind-boggling in the world. It is located at the union of three
zoo-geographic realms named as Palearctic, Oriental and Malayan. Ladakh
boasts to have a distinct alpine, floral and faunal variety with its barren
plateaus and uplands. It houses many flowering plants, including a dozen of
most rare mammals and around a hundred species of birds. Almost all the
species here are classified as endangered or rare.
The region is known for housing some of the
most rarefied wildlife species. The wild yak, for example, is to be found
only here. Ladakh's most rare animal is the snow leopard. Another one which
is unique is the Kyang or the wild horse, while the musk deer too is a rare
sight at lower altitudes, which is precious by virtue of its expensive musk.
You are also going to spot many marmots, mouse hares, stone martens, red
foxes, wolves, ibex, bharal and shapu during your trip. But you need to be
very-very lucky if you want to spot the nyan (big horned sheep), chim
(Tibetan antelope famed for its fleece-Shahtoosh), goa (Tibetan gazelle),
lynx, pallas cat, kyamg (wild horse) or brong dong (wild yak) as their
habitat is still outside the tourists' sphere.
¤ Avian Fauna
Ladakh is nothing less than a
paradise for bird watchers as you get to spend fruitful hours by observing
Bactrian magpies, kite, kestrel, Turkoman rock pigeon, grey tits, chough,
raven, sparrow, chukor, finches, buntings, larks and desert wheat-eaters
Ladakh has declared some reserved areas for it ecological sphere to protect
& conserve its ecosystem. Hemis National Park is one of them.
¤ Hemis National Park
This National Park is a high
altitude protected area which was created in 1981. Located in the eastern
part of the cold desert of Ladakh, it was established for the conservation
and protection of its unique flora and fauna. It's spread in an area of 600
sq km in Markha and Rumbak valleys.
Tour of Ladakh