Hemis National Park – Home of Snow Leopard

About Hemis National Park

Hemis National Park is located in the East Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir in India. It is the only national park in Himalayas and the largest in India and south Asia.This national park is surrounded by Indus River and major parts of the Zankar Range. It is the house of various species of mammals and also the rear species of snow leopards. Hemis National park was established in the year 1981 and is spread over an area of 600Km square. The famous Buddhist Hemis monastery is also located in the premises of this nation park.

Snow Leopard Leh

Home of Snow Leopard :

Hemis National Park is the sole home of the snow leopard in India. It is also one of the most rear species on the earth. Snow leopards can be easily found in the Shang Valley and it is estimated that, there are more than 50 snow leopards in the Ladakh region.


Other Wildlife

Apart from the snow leopard, the park is also the home of a large number of animals and birds. There are over 16 mammal and 73 bird species in this national park. Other rear species, which can be seen in Hemis National Park are Tibetan partridge, chukar, snow pigeon, red-billed chough, Himalayan wolf, (Blue Sheep), Ibex, Himalayan snow-cock, horned lark, hill pigeon, yellow-billed chough, black-billed magpie, white-tailed ruby-throat, red fox, Pallas’s cat, wild dog, bharal Tibetan argali, Ladakh urial, long-tailed marmot and Himalayan mouse hare common raven, blue-throat, alpine accentor mountain cliiffchaff, grey wagtail, robin accentor, and rock bunting etc.

Hemis National Park Leh

Nearby Attractions

Hemis Gompa

Hemis Gompa is situated at 49km away from Leh city. It is one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh, which was built by Chapgon Gyalshas in the 17th century. The two-day Hemis Festival is organized at Hemis Gompa in every summer to celebrate the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava, who founded the Tibetan Buddhism.



Leh is the major center of Tibet-Buddhist culture, which is again a very popular tourist and pilgrimage place for tourists. It is the house of various colorful gompas, The Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Victory Tower, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Shankar Gompa, and Soma Gompa etc.


By Air

The nearest airport is the Leh Airport.

 By Rail

The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi at the distance of 734km.

By Road

Leh is well connected by road.

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