Dachigam National Park, Jammu Kashmir
Dachigam is a wildlife sanctuary which is home to the endangered HANGUL species of the Deer in the country. dachigam is also host to other wildlife of the state viz Black/ Brown Bear, Musk Deer, leopards and migratory birds. There is a Trout fish farm also in Dachigam. It is big natural reserve which requires permissions from the Wildlife Authorities for excploration. The dense forests of Dachigam offer a brilliant view alongwith a Glacier fed rivulet flowing right through the middle.
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It is located only 22 kilometers from Sriniagar, 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.
Dachigam is considered home to some of the unique Himalayan range of flora and fauna. Primary amongst them is the hangul or Kashmir stag, the most endangered species of red deer in the world.
The park has been a protected area since 1910, first under the care and watchful eye of the Maharaja of J & K and later under the observation of the concerned government authorities. The name of the park literally stands for "ten villages" which could be in memory of the ten villages that were relocated for it's formation. It was finally upgraded and declared a National Park in the year 1981. Although it is the last proper home of the Hangul, or Kashmir Stag, and harbours many rare species within it's borders, it was initially created to ensure clean drinking water supply for the city of Srinagar.
Dachigam is one sanctuary that cannot be seen in all it's glory with just one visit. This is due to the fact that the park changes it's entire appearance with the onset of each season, every one of which is as beautiful as the one before or the next to arrive.
Topography of Dachigam National Park:
Dachigam National park is located among the high mountains of the mighty western Himalayas. 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 terrain ranges from gently sloping grasslands to sharp rocky outcrops and cliffs. Part of the park lies above the tree line and this area displays its own kind of natural beauty with bare rock mountains and crevices.
Flora in Dachigam National Park
There are over fifty species of trees, twenty of shrubs and five hundred species of herbs. The principal tree species are pinus griffithii, abies pindrow, juglans regia, morus alba, betula utilis, salix spp, populus spp. prunus armeniaca, corylus colurna, quercus robur, ulmus wallichiana, aesculus indica, etc.shrubs include berberis spp, desmodium tiliaefolium, parrotiopsis jacquemontiana, indigofera heterantha etc.
Hotels & Resorts in Dachigam National Park
Hotel Situated on the world famous Boulevard Road, Srinagar, on bank of picturesque Hotel Provide Deluxe Double and Single bedded rooms.
|The Lalit Grand Palace|
Originally built in 1910 and formerly the palace residence of the Maharajas this twin storey heritage property with its sprawling lawns has been carefully restored to its formal glory and is today a full facility destination.
|Hotel Zahgeer Continental|
Hotel comprises of excellent deluxe suites and elegant rooms epitomizes of world gracious living facing the valley equipped with ultra modern facilities with attached luxurious bathrooms hooked with booked with multi channel satellite .
Pahalgam - the valley of shepherds is situated at a height of 7200 ft and is about 100 kms distance from Srinagar ( Nearest access to the air port) sprawling amidst the confluence of river lidder.
Dachigam National Park Wildlife Packages
At this moment we don't have any specific Tour package for Dachigam National Park, but our representative would be happy to assist you if you are planning to visit Dachigam National Park you can contact us with your query on the following no / email.
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Wild Animals in Dachigam National Park
Fauna in Dachigam National Park
Mammals: Kashmir stag, hangul, musk deer, leopards, himalayan brown bear, jackals, yellow-throated martens, hill fox, himalayan gray langurs, , long-tailed marmots, leopard cats, himalayan black bear, himalayan weasel, jungle cats.
Bird Species: Himalayan monals, cinnamon sparrows, black bulbuls, woodpeckers, minivets, pygmy owlets, babblers, black-and-yellow grosbeaks, himalayan griffons, redstarts, bearded vultures, red-billed blue magpies choughs, orange bullfinch, tits, golden orioles, kashmir flycatcher, tytler's leaf warbler, wagtails, koklass pheasants, himalayan rubythroats, wallcreepers and streaked laughingthrushes.
Dachigam National Park Travel Information
Place - Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Best Time to Visit - May to August for upper Dachigam and September to December for lower Dachigam
Nearest Town - Srinagar (22kms.)
How to Reach Dachigam National Park:
By Air : The nearest town and airport is Srinagar 22-km away.
By Bus : A Metalled road links Srinagar with Lower Dachigam. Upper Dachigam can be reached on foot.
By Rail : It is 310-km from Jammu, the nearest railway station.
Any kind of flora should not be plucked to take back, should not kindle any kind of fire, throw lit matches and cigarette buds, don't throw / leave trash, litter and polyethylene bags into the forest, Firearms and chemicals should not be taken into the forests as they may cause harm to the wildlife and the vegetation. Never play radio Mobile and tape recorders as their frequency and voice might disturb, scare or irritate the wild animals.