Ladakh is very important breeding ground for globally threatened Black Neck Crane. Other notable birds found in Ladakh are Ibisbill, Tibetan Partridge, Tibetan Sandgrouse, Tibetan Snowcock, Himalayan Snowcock, Chukar Partridge, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Little Owl, Bearded Vulture, Golden Eagle, Upland Buzzard, Saker Falcon, Goosander, a great variety of Rosefinches, Accentors, Horned lark, Tibetan Lark, Fire Fronted Serin, Groundpecker and a variety of finches.
Ladakh is the best place to see and photograph the elusive and beautiful Snow Leopard. Ladakh is inhabited by eight wild ungulates: Tibetan Gazelle, Tibetan Antelope, Blue Sheep, Ladakh Urial, Asiatic Ibex, Tibetan Argali, Tibetan Wild Ass, and Wild Yak. Apart from snow leopard, other interesting carnivores include Pallas’s Cat, Lynx, Wolf, Red Fox and others. Ladakh is also a great place to see a large variety of rodents like Himalayan Marmot, Long-tailed Marmot, Pika, Vole and Wooly hare.
The most important birding and wildlife sites in Ladakh include Tso Kar, Tso Moriri, Hanley, Nubra Valley, Warila Pass, Zanskar Region and Hemis National Park.
Birding Ladakh: Leh (2 nights) – Nubra Velley (3 nights) – Excursions to Wari La- Pangong Tso (1night) – Leh (1night) – Hanley (3-4 Nights) – Tso Moriri (2 nights) – Tso Kar (3-4 Nights) –Leh
Snow Leopard Tour (December to March) : Leh- Hemis National Park- Rumbak Valley – Husing Valley- Tarbung Valley- Spituk- Ulley; Ligtse- Tukla- Phulak- Yangthang- Saspotsey [Stay Leh (3nights) Husing Camp (5nights) Ulley / Ligtse in Rong Valley (4nights)]
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