Located 48 kms to the southwest of Srinagar, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, spread on 180 sq kms of land, is well-known for its fauna which comprises of upland birds, both migratory and resident. The altitude of Gulmarg Biosphere lies in the range of 2,400 to 4,300 meters above the sea level. This place gives you the unrivaled experience of watching the diverse wildlife in its thick bushes, wetlands and extensive forests. This sanctuary is very popular especially among ornithologists. For reaching this place, the nearest rail head is at Jammu.
The closest road-link and the nearest airport, both are positioned at Srinagar. September to March is the best time for viewing mammals at this sanctuary. However, if your aim is to watch the birds at this place, target the months of March to May for your visit. Tourists coming here could easily stay at the various tourist and private accommodation options that are available. Camping sites are also an attractive accommodation option.
Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Jammu and Kashmir plays host to some exceptional and exotic species of wildlife. Musk deer stands proof of this fact. You can have a visual delight at this place by observing the rich and diverse categories of flora and fauna. The lush green cover of this region has a covering of conifers, which accounts for almost ninety percent of the population of flora. Some key species of flora consists of Pinus griffithii, Aesculus indica, Cedrus deodara, Abies pindrow, etc. The land of Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve also has shrubs like Viburnum spp., Sorbaria tomentosa, Indigofera heterantha, etc. in addition to Dicotyledonus herbs.
Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is inhabited by some endangered and protected types of animals and birds. This place is quite enriched in its wildlife. You can chance upon a wide range of fauna here like Leopard, Serow, Musk Deer, Hangul, Black Bear, Red Fox, Leopard, Brown Bear, etc. This place is a favorite ground of both resident and migratory birds too. You would surely enjoy watching the pheasants, Snow Cock, Blue Rock Pigeon, Jungle Crow, Koklas, Griffon vulture, European hoopoe, Kashmir roller, etc, to name a few.
So, to enjoy the vegetation and wildlife of this place, book yourself for a tour to Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve today.