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Kishtwar High Altitude National Park

Location: Jammu and Kashmir

Main Wildlife Attractions: hangul, musk deer, markhor,Pinus gerardiana, Pinus wallichiana, Quercus spp

Coverage Area: 400 sq.kms

Established: 1981

Best Time to Visit:September to March

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Located about 248 km from Jammu, Kishtwar National Park is sprawled over an area of about 400 sq. km. Surrounded by the snow capped Himalayan Mountains, Kishtwar presents a scenic backdrop, and the numerous rivulets flowing through the park add immensely to the charm and magnetism of this Wildlife Reserve.



How to reach Kishtwar High Altitude National Park

By Air

The nearest airport to reach Kishtwar High Altitude National Park Jammu and Kashmir is at Jammu - about 58 km away.

By Rail

The nearest railhead is also at Jammu.

By Road

Constructed motarable road for By bus or taxi to Ikhala, but bus services are operated up to Palmer 20 kms. from north Kishtwar.



Kishtwar High Altitude National Park, Jammu and Kashmir is the natural habitat of 15 mammal species including the Musk Deer and Himalayan black and brown bear. One of the One of its prominent features of the park is the Hangul - a Kashmiri Stag which migrate to this region during winters from the Dachigam National Park and again returns back when the cold subsides.

Some other animals that can be spotted at Kishtwar High Altitude National Park, Jammu and Kashmir are Ibex, Markhor, Leopard, Wild boar, Bharal, Indian Muntijal, Serow, and Rhesus macaque. Kishtwar is also home to an enchanting variety of birds, amounting to almost 50 species. Some of the birds found here are the Himalayan jungle crow, bearded vulture, griffon vulture, paradise flycatcher, golden oriole, white cheeked bulbul and Indian Mynah.

Kishtwar High Altitude National Park, Jammu and Kashmir presents a fine blend of wildlife and spectacular mountain ranges. The park is covered with exposed granite and marble rocks. The vegetation at the park is not very dense as is in most cold regions. The flora mainly comprises coniferous, alpine, meadows and scrub forests. The prominent trees found include Pinus gerardiana, Cedrus deodara, Quercus spp., Pinus wallichiana, Juglans regia, Ulmus spp, etc.

While in the Kishtwar High Altitude National Park, Jammu and Kashmir, it is advisable that you indulge in trekking and various other jungle activities.