Dachigam National Park is declared as a protected area since 1910, first under the care of the Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir and later under the observation of the concerned government authorities. The park is quite famous for its Hangul or the Kashmiri Stag. Other animal species include Leopard, Musk Deer, Himalayan Serow, Leopard Cat, Jackal and Jungle Cat.
What is the ideal time to visit Dachigam National Park?
The best time to visit Dachigam is October. It is the time when you can see the trees in their autumnal best. Each season leaves its distinct mark on Dachigam. In winter, minimum temperature is 10 degree Celsius and, in summers, the maximum temperature is 32 degree Celsius.
What are the opening and closing hours for the Dachigam National Park?
Dachigam National Park remains open to the public from 5.30 AM to 6.30 PM throughout the year.
When was the Dachigam National Park established?
The area currently under the national park in Dachigam was described by Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir in 1910 as a game reserve. Thereafter, ten villages located inside the forest limits, shifted out. After Jammu & Kashmir acceded to India, Dachigam was managed by the State Forest Department of the state. The government notified the area as a sanctuary in 1951 and as national park in 1981.
Where is Dachigam National Park located?
Dachigam National Park is located 22 kilometers away from Srinagar, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
What all species of Flora and Fauna can be seen inside the National Park?
- Mammals: Musk Deer, Himalayan Serow, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Grey Langur, Himalayan Weasel, Jungle Cat, Long-Tailed Marmot, Otter, Jackal and Hill Fox.
- Birds: Cinnamon Sparrow, Black Bulbul, Minivet, Babbler, Wagtail, Redstart, Chough, Bearded Vulture, Titmouse, Wallcreeper, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Red-billed Blue Magpie and Himalayan Rubythroat.
- Coniferous Forests, Alpine Pastures, Deep Gullies, Scrub Vegetation and brightly colored flowers
What are the major attractions in and around the Dachigam National Park?
- Dal Lake: One of the major attractions nearby this lake is Deodar Tree. There is a small Shiva Mandir located near the lake. Base camp for the trekkers is organized here. People believe if they take a dip in the lake and they will be blessed by Lord Shiva.
- Jama Masjid: It is the oldest mosque in Srinagar. It was destroyed and reconstructed several times. The ancient Mughal architectural style can be seen on this mosque. 370 pillars can be seen in this Masjid.
- Hazratbal Mosque: This mosque was constructed with white marble. It has large mountains in the backdrop. Mughal and Kashmiri mosque can be seen on the mosque.
Where I can stay during a tour of Dachigam National Park?
The options for accommodation are limited in the area. Forest department maintains two rest houses in lower Dachigam. It is located just 22 kilometers away from Dachigam National Park and offers a wide variety in terms of accommodation options.