Work on India’s first-ever Night Sky Sanctuary in Ladakh’s Hanle going on in full swing and shall be complete in over a month’s time

Source: The post is based on the article Work on India’s first-ever Night Sky Sanctuary in Ladakh’s Hanle going on in full swing and shall be complete in over a month’s timepublished in PIB on 26th November.

What is the News?

The Department of Science & Technology (DST) has announced the setting up of India’s first Dark Sky Reserve in Hanle, Ladakh. It will be located as part of Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary. 

It will boost Astro tourism in India and will be one of the world’s highest-located sites for optical, infrared, and gamma-ray telescopes.

What is Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary?

Located on: Tibetan Changthang plateau in Ladakh.

Lakes: It has some of the highest-altitude lakes including Tso Moriri.

It is also believed to include the world’s highest village, Korzok Village which draws tourists to the Korzok Monastery. 

Fauna: It is famous for being the home of the snow leopard. The Tibetan wolf, wild yak, bharal, brown bear, mormot, Tibetan wild ass and dark-necked crane are also found in the sanctuary.

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