Cold Desert (biosphere reserve)

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Sarchu, Jammu and Kashmir

Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve is a biosphere reserve located in the western Himalayas region, within Himachal Pradesh state in North India. Biosphere reserves are the areas of coastal ecosystems which promote the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use.There are over 669 biosphere reserves around the world in over 120 countries.[1] The ministry of environment and forest provides financial assistance to the respective state governments for conservation of landscape, biological diversity and the cultural heritage.[2]


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

It includes:

Snow leopard's are prohibited here because of the Pin valley national parks high altitude and extreme temperature.


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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "biosphere reserves in india". general knowledge today.
  2. ^ "biosphere reserves in india". general knowledge today.