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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
National Park Jammu & Kashmir
Overa Wildlife Sanctuary,
- Northern state of Jammu and Kashmir.
(Hill Station of Kashmir Valley), 76 km from This Park.
Hangul, Musk Deer, Serow, Rhesus Macaque, Langur, Leopard
10 Degree in Winter | 32, Degree in Summer.
Time to Visit
Mammal Viewing - Sep. to March, Bird Viewing - March to May
About this Park
Located 76 kms from Srinagar in the south-east,
Overa Wildlife Sanctuary is characterized by stunning mountain landscapes,
grass-clad hills and deep valleys. Situated near Pahalgam, the region play hosts
to a large number of rare and endangered species of mammals and birds. It
harbors 13 species of mammals and over 80 species of birds. Much acclaim has
been accorded to the Overa Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for its diversity of
wildlife and best known for magnificent species of pheasants.
The sanctuary area as distinct
from the other wildlife reserves of the valley holds a rich assemblage of
pheasants like the Chukar, Koklas, Monal and Himalayan Snow Cock. Other
avifaunas include the jungle Crow, red billed Chough, griffon Vulture, bearded
Vulture, Himalayan Whistling Thrush, Rufous-backed Shrike, Indian Mynah, etc.
Tourist Attraction at Dachigam
The Overa Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora
which includes mainly coniferous forests. The main species found are aesculus
indica, pinus griffithii, abies pindrow, morus alba, juglans regia, etc. Major
shrub associates are Desmodium tiliaefolium, Indigofera heterantha, Isdon spp.,
etc, while the main ground layer is characterized by dicotlydonous herbs
comprising Artemisia vulgaris, Taraxacum officinale, Anemone spp, Primula spp.,
The sanctuary provides refuge to a wide variety
of mammals most of which are on the verge of extinction. So efforts are being
made in conserving these animals. Some of them are the musk deer, hangul, rhesus
macaque, serow, langur, leopard, leopard cat, etc.
How to Reach There
Nearest Airport is Srinagar (87-km),
Rail: Nearest railhead is Jammu (280-km),
Road: Regular buses ply from Pahalgam (11-km),
Anantanag (40-km), and Srinagar (76-km) to the sanctuary. From Delhi you can
reach there by a flight to Srinagar.
Prime viewing time for the upper
areas is from May to August In the lower areas, for bird viewing the
best time is March to May and for animal viewing from September to
March. Accommodation is available in two bedroom huts situated within
Wildlife Excursions of