Located very close to Srinagar (22-km), Dachigam National Park with its splendid forests and magnificent scenery is easily accessible. Of all the many sanctuaries in the state, the one at Dachigam is the best known. At one time the exclusive hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Kashmir, it was declared a national park in 1951, and owing to a strictly enforced conservation programme, the Hangul population, once 150, now stands at over 400 animals.
Being located in the foot hills of the Himalayas, the climate at Dachigam is mostly favorable throughout the year (14 degrees – 30 degrees Celsius) except during peak winters when wind, snow and severely low temperatures (2 degrees – 4 degrees Celsius) make the area inaccessible. However the winter months from September to December are the best to spot some of the rare species.
Best Time to Visit
The sanctuary is accessible throughout the year except the winter months when chilling temperatures and snow makes the terrain difficult to treat and most animals can’t be spotted. However, the months of October and November are considered the best as the climate is the most pleasant and the fauna activity is the highest. The park is closed between January and April.
Wildlife at Dachigam National Park
Animals – Kashmir Stag (Hangul), Leopard, Snow Leopard, White-bellied Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Brown Bear, the Otter, Yellow-throated Marten, Himalayan Weasel, Jackal, Long-tailed Marmot, Jungle-cat, Leopard Cat and Himalayan Fox etc.
Avi-Fauna – Monal Pheasant, Crimson Tragopan, Golden Eagles, Lammergeier Vultures, Blood Pheasant, Cinnamon Sparrows, Woodpeckers, Himalayan Rubythroats, Pygmy Owlets, Babblers, Orange Bullfinch, Golden Orioles, Kashmir Flycatcher, Black Bulbuls and Koklass Pheasant etc.
How to Reach Dachigam National Park
By Air: The nearest airport is situated in Srinagar
By Rail: The railway station of Jammu is the closest to Dachigam
By Road: The nearest road-link from Dachigam is that of Srinagar