India’s highest Trans-Himalayan Herbal Garden at 3524mtrs (11,562 ft) in Leh is developed and maintained by National Institute of Sowa-Rigpa (NISR)-Leh. It spreads across an area of 210 kanals (10 hectares) and is located at Igoo-Phey (in vicinity of Leh town).The garden has been developed with initial funding under the National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPB), New Delhi.
The garden’s vision is to cultivate the endangered Trans-Himalayan medicinal plants focusing on in-situ conservation. It aspires to conserve our natural heritage while developing different agro-techniques to mass multiply the rare and endangered species. Training programs (for interested local farmers and entrepreneurs) are also conducted with an aim to pass on this incredible heritage to the future generations.
The garden cultivates and displays around 110 medicinal, aromatic, shrubs and tree species of cold desert region of Ladakh under various growing condition such as: greenhouse, underground trench and open field condition, sourced from some of the highest locations in Ladakh.
Some of the important medicinal plant species cultivated at herbal garden are Podophyllum hexandrum, Saussurea lappa, Rheum species, Inula racemosa, Hippophae rhamnoides, Aconitum heterophyllum, Dactylorhiza hatagirea, Verbascum thapsus, Ephedra geradiana, Arnebia euchroma, Rhodiola sp., Lycium sp. etc.