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Dachigam National Park Kashmir

Dachigam National Park Kashmir

Dachigam National Park Kashmir

Located 22 kilometers from the Jammu and Kashmir state capital of Srinagar, Dachigam National Park forms almost half of the Dal Lake's catchment area. One of India's famous wildlife sanctuaries, the park boasts a wonderful variety of game and birdlife in its numerous habitats. The park is the natural habitat for hangul stag, the endangered species of red deer in the world. Added to this, the park is also home to other animals typical to the state such as musk deer, black or brown bear, leopards and migratory birds. You can find a trout fish farm in the sanctuary. One of the biggest natural reserves in India, Dachigam National Park is a favorite with the wildlife enthusiasts. In order to explore the park you will have to obtain permission from the wildlife authorities.Be more in touch with nature at Dachigam National Park. The thick forests of Dachigam present a dazzling view together with a glacier fed rivulet flowing right through the middle. One of the most beautiful parks in the world, Dachigam can easily qualify as a place of utmost tourist attraction for its sheer scenic grandeur. Dachigam National Park also offers a wide variety of accommodation. You can get a wide range of variety in accommodation in Srinagar.

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. 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.

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