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Dachigam

Located very close to Srinagar (22km), Dachigam National park with its splendid forests and magnificent scenery is easily accessible. Dachigam is a wildlife sanctuary which is home to the endangered HANGUL species of the Deer in the country. decigram is also host to other wildlife of the state via 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 exploration. The dense forests of Dachigam offer a brilliant view along with a Glacier fed rivulet flowing right through the middle.
L The two sectors of the park -Upper and Lower Dachigam are spread over an area of 141 sq. km. And altitudes vary between 1700 and 4300 meters. Two steep ridges enclose the Park with its great topographical variety - deep ravines, rocky outcrops, steep wooded slopes and rolling alpine pastures.

Tumbling down from the Masrar Lake (4300m), up in the high ranges, the Dachigam River winds through Lower Dachigam.

 

General Information

Approach:

Airport

Srinagar (32 kms.)

 

Railhead

Jammu (315 kms.)

 

Road

Srinagar (21 kms.)

Area :

141 sq. kms.

Altitudinal Range :

1,700 to 4,000 metres M.S.L.

Flora :

There are over fifty species of trees, twenty of shrubs and five hundred species of herbs.

Fauna :

There are twenty mammal species which include hangul,Himalayan brown bear,Himalayan black bear, langur,Himalayan marmot,leopard etc.

Avifauna :

There are over 150 species of birds.The principal species are monal,koklas,bearded vulture, griffon vulture,golden eagle,grey heron,starling,golden oriole,paradise flycatcher,western yellow-billed blue magpie,kestrel,peregrine falcon,black bulbul, etc.

Visit :

Upper Dachigam Mammal/Bird viewing
Lower Dachigam Mammal viewing
Bird viewing

May to August.
September to March.
March to May.

Dress :

Summer : Trekking shoes,raincoat and light clothing.
Winter : Trekking shoes,heavy woolens and waterproof windcheater.
Spring : Trekking shoes,raincoat and light woollens.

The Park is the habitat of the endangered Hangeul or the Kashmir stag - the only species of red deer to be found in India. Winter is the best time to view the Hangeul, when they congregate in the shelter of the lower valleys.

Other inhabitants include the Himalayan black bear, species of wild goat like the markhor and ibex and varieties of exotic Himalayan birds. Colourful pheasants include the crimson tragopan, the iridescent monal pheasant with its glittering plumage, the blood pheasant and the koklass pheasant.

The golden eagle and the bearded vulture or lammergeyer are seen circling the brilliant blue skies. The leopard, which is the only predator in this paradise, is rarely seen as also the elusive snow leopard, which is found in the higher altitudes.

Other animals include the rare musk deer and the Himalayan marmot. A metallic road takes visitors from Srinagar into Lower Dachigam. Upper Dachigam can only be explored on foot.

General Information
Best Time to Visit: May - August, Upper Dachigam & September to December for Lower Dachigam
Nearest Town: Srinagar (22 Km)

How to Get There
Air: Srinagar (22 Km)
Rail: Jammu.


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