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S: F O R W I L D L I F E O F H I M A L A Y A S
Dachigam National Park, J&K
Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, J&K
Overa Wildlife Sanctuary, J&K
Kishtwar Altitude National Park ,J&K
Hemis High Altitude National Park, J&K
The Great Himalayan National Park, H.P.
Pin Valley National Park, H.P.
Dudhwa National Park, U.P.
Wildlife in Sikkim
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Darjeeling
Royal Chitwan Park, Nepal
Royal Bardia National Park, Nepal
Kishtwar National Park-
District, 40 km North-East of Kishtwar Town
Jammu & Kashmir
Musk Deer, Himalayan Brown-Black Deer
-7*C in January and 35*C and 11*C in July
Time to Visit
Mammal Viewing - Sep. to March, Bird Viewing - March to May
About this Park
in Doda District, some 40km north-east of Kishtwar Town. It is bounded to the
north by the Rinnay River, south by Kibar Nala catchment, east by the main
divide of the Great Himalaya and to the west by Marwa River. 33*20'-34*00'N,
75*40'-76*10'E.The national park encompasses the cachments of the Kiar, Nanth
and Kibar nalas, all of which drain south-west into Marwa River which joins the
Chenab River just above Kishtwar Town. The terrain is generally rugged and
steep, with narrow valleys bounded by high ridges opening out in their upper
glacial parts. The area lies in the Central Crystalline belt of the Great
Himalaya. Kishtwar High Altitude National
Park in Jammu is interesting for the marked variations in topography and
vegetation that occur here. Spread over an area of 400-sq-kms, the park contains
15 mammal species including the Musk Deer, Markhor, Hangul, Langur, Leopard and
Himalayan Black and Brown Bear.
Tourist Attraction at Kishtwar
The area is a
potential tourist attraction but there are almost no facilities at present.
Forest rest houses exist at Ekhala and Sirshi. An additional two, with catering
facilities for tourists, are planned for the tract between Sirshi and Yurdu (Bacha,
Avifauna - Fifty species of birds
also exist here and the main species are the Himalayan Jungle Crow, Griffon
Vulture, Bearded Vulture, Golden Oriole, Paradise Flycatcher, White Cheeked
Bulbul, and Indian Mynah.
- The sanctuary area is characterized
by marked variations in topography, climate and altitude as a result of which
different types of forest vegetation occur. The principal tree species are
Cedrus Deodara, Pinus Gerardiana, Pinus Wallichiana, Juglans Regia, etc. The
dominant shrubs are Parrotiopsis Jacquemontiana, and Desmodium Tiliaefolium. The
major herbs include Dipsacus Mitis, Artemisia Vulgaris, etc.
How to Reach There
Air: Nearest airport is situated at
Jammu (250-km). Rail: Nearest railhead is Jammu (248-km). Road:
The road is constructed up to Ikhala, but bus services are operated up to Plamer
only, which is 20-km north of Kishtwar.
Mammal Viewing - Sep. to March,
Bird Viewing - March to May
Wildlife Excursions of