Hemis National Park is a high altitude national park in the eastern Ladakh, situated at the altitude of 3,300 to 6,000 meter and is the largest high attitude protected reserve of India, the only national park in north of the Himalayas, the largest national park in India in an area of around 230 Sq.mi and grew to around 1290 Sq.mi by 1988 and by 1990 it became 1700 Sq.mi by incorporating neighbouring lands. The Hemis national park bounded on north by banks of the Indus River. got its name from the Hemis Gompa, the Buddhist monastery.
It is globally famous for its snow leopards and is believed to have the highest density of the snow leopards. It was Established in 1981, basically to safeguard the snow leopards. This park is home to breeding population of about 200 snow leopards, Argali (Great Tibetan Sheep), Bharal (Blue Sheep), Shapu (Ladakhi Urial), livestock and small population of Asiatic ibex. Shapu is present in Hemis only. The endangered Eurasian brown bear, the red fox and Tibetan wolf with few small mammals such as Himalayan marmot, mountain weasel and the Himalayan mouse hare are also present.
The scenic beauty of this park is most soothing and one can feel completely mesmerized and amazed to see the tranquillity of mother nature. It supports amazing variety of Indian wildlife, along with the endangered animals, one can enjoy nature photography here and it is good for bird watching too. Birds present here include Himalayan snowcock, robin accentor, Tickell’s leaf warbler, brown accentor, black-winged snow finch, chukar, streaked rose finch, Blyth’s swift and red-billed chough. The golden eagle, lammergeier vulture, and Himalayan griffon vulture are also visible. There are around 73 species of birds in the Park.
Hemis National Park is 50Km away from Leh. So you can travel from leh by car or bike.
It is open all day, there is an entry fee of Rs. 20 for Indian adult and Rs. 100 for Foreigner.
Best Time to Visit
It is open for visitors all around the yea and it depends on your preference which time you prefer. If you want to see the Hemis National park in its full bloom summer is the best time. And if you wish to have a sight of Snow leopard than winter is the best time.
There are very limited options to eat, so it is advisable to carry some food with you. Hemis Monastery follow the tradition of offering butter tea to its visitors and also provide food to the visitor.