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National Park Jammu & Kashmir
Dachigam National Park
- Northern state of Jammu and Kashmir.
(Hill Station of Kashmir Valley), 22km from This Park.
Black Bears, Grey Langur, Leopard Cats.
10 Degree in Winter | 32, Degree in Summer.
Time to Visit
About this Park
The nearest town is Srinagar from where the park
gate is 22 km away. The road goes around Dal Lake, past Shalimar Gardens and the
park entrance is just beyond Harwan village. Nearest airport is Srinagar and
railhead at Jammu, 315 km away. Dachigam National Park enjoys a proximity to the
beautiful city of Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir state. Its forests
and picturesque landscape have always attracted tourists. The park is divided
into two large sectors-the Lower and Upper Dachigam regions.
Dachigam national park is one of India's most
scenically beautiful wildlife reserves. It is located only 22 kilometers from
Srinagar, the capital city of the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. It covers
an area of 141 square kilometers consisting of some of the most scenic natural
beauty present on Earth. The variation in altitude is vast, ranging from 5500 ft
to 14000 ft above mean sea level. Due to this vast variation, the park is very
clearly demarcated into an upper and lower region. The best times to explore
these two areas are summer and winter respectively. Due to the upper region's
extremely harsh winter, the best months for visiting here is between the months
of May and August. For the lower region, the ideal time is between September and
December but is also equally rewarding in the summer months.
In the northernmost state of
Jammu and Kashmir, this is among the most scenically beautiful areas of the
sub-continent. A 10 km long road runs through the lower area but the only way to
visit most of the park is on foot. The Dachigam is the last home of the rare
hangul, or Kashmir stag, which can be viewed best during its autumn rutting
season when the lower slopes and forests echo with its melodious calls.
Himalayan black bears come out of hibernation in March, the best time to see
this impressive omnivore. Thick-coated grey langur's brown bears and leopard
cats. Birdlife is delightful and flowers carpeting the upper meadows are
spectacular, especially the blue poppy.
Tourist Attraction at Dachigam
Apart from its unspoiled natural
beauty, its most important wildlife remains the hangul (Kashmiri stag), an
endangered species of red deer. Despite its substantial harshness, the winter
season is the best time to view the hangul, when it gathers in the shelter of
the lower valleys. The leopard, which is the only predatory animal in the area,
has been rarely spotted. It is the same with the hard-to-pin-down snow leopard
found in the higher altitudes. However, tourists with resilience, patience and a
little luck have had the fortune of seeing these unique wild cats. Apart from
the hangul and the two varieties of leopards, various other species like
Himalayan black bear, musk deer, Himalayan marmot and species of wild goats like
the makhor are found at Dachigam. Various exotic Himalayan birds, colorful
pheasants like the crimson tagopan, monal pheasant, blood pheasant and koklass
pheasant, golden eagles and bearded vultures (lammergeier) are also seen
encircling the beautiful blue skies above Dachigam forest.
How to Reach There
The Lower Dachigam region is
accessible via a metaled road, but Higher Dachigam areas are accessible only on
foot. The nearest rail junction is Jammu at a distance of 200 km away from
Dachigam National Park. The nearest town is Srinagar at a distance of 22 km and
is well linked to Dachigam by a proper metaled road. Srinagar airport is the
closest air link to the National Park.
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