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Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary

Earth abounds in fascinating locales, some of which are easily accessible, while others require sojourns to rather remote corners. In the summer of 2017, I chanced upon a trip to one such location, Leh. The opportunity helped me explore the mysteries of a cold desert and I was particularly excited about experiencing the windy heights of Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary. We reached in the evening and suitably acclimatized after a peaceful overnight rest, began our ascent to the 134 km long Pangong Lake. Located at a height of 4350 m, and flanking both India and China, the Lake’s chromatic appeal holds enormous attraction for visitors. The Lake, we were informed, was in the process of being identified as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. Also, Pangong is expected to be the first trans-boundary wetland in South-Asia under this Convention....

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