Ladakh Night Sky Sanctuary

In a unique and first of its kind initiative, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has decided to set up India’s first Night Sky Sanctuary in Ladakh.


  • Scientists from Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Chennai, CLRI will soon visit Ladakh to set up the branch as the region is home to a wide variety of animals.
  • This proposed dark sky reserve will be located as part of Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary in Hanle, Ladakh.
  • It will give a boost to astro-tourism in India and will be one of the highest places in the world for optical, infrared and gamma-ray telescopes.

Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the Changthang Plateau in the Leh district of Ladakh, Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular sanctuaries in the Ladakh region. With its picturesque landscape, this sanctuary has a huge variety of flora and fauna.

Spread over an area of ​​about 4000 sq km, this sanctuary also houses the highest lake on earth, Lake Tso Moriri. It is considered to be the second largest nature reserve after Northeast Greenland National Park. The sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 14,000–19000 feet.

Places near Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

Korzok village is located near Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary, which is considered to be the highest village in the world. The main attraction of this village is the Korzok Monastery. Other places around Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary are Pangong Tso Lake, Tso Kar Lake, Khardung La Pass and Shanti Stupa.




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