About Upper Himalayas

The Upper Himalayas is home to exceptional wildlife. This diversity is a result of the unique landscape and the harsh weather conditions in the region. 

This area is home to some amazing wildlife. The wilderness diversity present is similar to that of northern India as well as that of the Himalayas and you can expect a completely different experience in this region.

Wildlife Highlights

  • 208 mammal species have been sighted in the region.
  • Key mammals to look out for in these regions are the snow leopard, Himalayan wolf, Eurasian lynx, weasels, Himalayan fox, ibex, blue sheep and yak to name a few.
  • Ladakh has a great diversity of birds — a total of 225 species have been recorded. Many migrate from the warmer parts of India to spend the summer in Ladakh. 
  • There are several different types of reptile native to the country, ranging from pit vipers to monitor lizards.

Cultural Highlights

Lying across six major mountain ranges Kashmir and Ladakh are India’s most northern states and has fascinating culture and traditions.

  • Ladakh has several world famous monasteries which are situated along the Indus Valley, the home of Tibetan Buddhism in India.
  • Zanskar Valley is a remote, mysterious valley which is open from June until October where there is trekking and white water rafting expeditions in a wild and remote setting.
  • Visit Spituk Gompa and Shanti Stupa, the oldest and youngest buddhist shrines in Leh. Until the 17th century Leh was the hub of the bustling caravan trade. The Main Bazaar is still as active as ever selling good from as afar field as Tibet and Central Asia.

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