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    DACHIGAM NATIONAL PARK

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Located very close to Srinagar (22 Kilometers) , Dachigam National Park with its splendid forests and magnificent scenery, is easily accessible. The two sectors of the park - Upper and Lower Dachigam are spread over an area of 141 sq. Km and altitudes vary between 1700 and 4300 meters. Two steep ridges enclose the park with its great topographical variety -deep ravines, rocky outcrops, steep wooded slopes and rolling alpine pastures. Tumbling down form the Masrar Lake (4300m) , up in the high ranges, the Dachigam river winds through Lower Dachigam.

The park is the habitat of the endangered hangul of the Kashmir stag - the only species of red deer to be found in India. Winter is the best time to view the hangul, when they congregate in the shelter of the lower valleys. Other inhabitants include the Himalayan black bear, species of wild goat like the markhor and ibex and varieties of exotic Himalayan birds.

Colorful pheasants include the crimson tragopan, the iridescent monal pheasant with its glittering plumage , the blood pheasant and the koklass pheasant. The golden eagle and the bearded vulture or lammergeier are seen circling the brilliant blue skies. The leopard which is the only predator in this paradise is rarely seen as also the elusive snow leopard which is found in the higher altitudes. Other animals include the rare musk deer and the Himalayan marmot. A metal road takes visitors from Srinagar into Lower Dachigam. Upper Dachigam can only be explored on foot.

General Information :
Best time to Visit May thru August, Upper Dachigam,
September thru December Lower Dachigam.
Accommodation : Lodges and Rest Houses or hotels in Srinagar.
Nearest town : Srinagar (22 kilometers)
How to get there By Air- Srinagar (22 Kilometers)
By Rail- Jammu (200 Kilometers)

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Other Important National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India:

Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandipur National Park
Bharatpur Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Corbett National Park
Dudhwa National Park
Gir National Park & Sanctuary
Great Himalayan National Park
Kabini River Lodge
Kanha National Park
Kaziranga National Park
Mudumalai Sanctuary
Manas Tiger Reserve
Nagarhole National Park
Periyar National Park
Ranthambhore National Park
Sariska National Park

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