Cold Desert

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Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve is a biosphere reserve located in the western Himalayas region, within Himachal Pradesh state in North India.

It became the 16th biosphere reserve of India in 2009, in the UNESCO MAB—Man And Biosphere Reserve program.


Cold Desert has an area of 7,770 square kilometres (1,920,000 acres).

It includes:


The cold deserts of India are located adjacent to the Himalaya Mountains. They are not affected by the Indian monsoons because they lie in the rain shadow of the Himalayas.

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