Set up in the year 1910, under the able management of the erstwhile Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, Dachigam National Park is India’s northernmost wildlife reserve. The wildlife sanctuary was formerly a game preserve area of the ruler of the state. Naming of it as Dachigam, represents ten villages, which were relocated at this site for the formation of the National Park. This alluring high-altitude bio-zone covers a sprawling area of 141 sq. km.
Tourist Attractions in Dachigam National Park
In the present time, it is a natural home to a great variety of Himalayan species of animals and birds. The star attraction of the national park is the Kashmiri Stag, which the locals prefer to call ‘Hangul’. Besides the stag, one can have a great time watching the other species that includes Musk deer, Himalayan grey langur, snow leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten, Hill fox, long-tailed marmot and Himalayan weasel. The national park also provides shelter to a large number of exotic birds, some of which are listed as- Black bulbul, Himalayan Monal, Golden Oriole, Koklass Pheasant, Orange bullfinch, Himalayan Rubythroat.
Best Time to Visit
In order to catch the sight of most of the migratory birds and wild animals, months between April and October are rightly preferred. Even the weather stays highly pleasant for a wildlife safari during those months of the year.
How to reach
The splendidly beautiful wildlife reserve is easily accessible from the capital city of Srinagar, for Dachigam is just at a mere distance of 22 km. One can hire taxis/cabs from Srinagar to make it to the wildlife sanctuary.
Srinagar’s Sheikh ul Alam airport provides the nearest air travel to Dachigam wildlife sanctuary. The airport is well connected to the major cities of India.
Nearest railhead to the national park is at Jammu, which is about 327 km away. The railway station provides a good connectivity with major cities of India that include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata and Jabalpur
If travelling by road, then your major stoppage would be at Srinagar. The capital city of Jammu and Kashmir is very well connected by public transport from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu, Leh and Pahalgam.