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Wildlife in Jammu and Kashmir: Expect the Unexpected


Amidst alpine pastures, meadows, scattered scrub vegetation and waterfalls, embraced by the snow covered mountains, Jammu and Kashmir travel is known even for adventure. Get a taste of wildlife in Jammu and Kashmir by spotting the rarest of rare migratory birds and spotting snow leopards.

Jammu and Kashmir wildlife has a history of national parks that have been preserved with great care. They are known for coniferous forests as well as birch–rhododendron flowers. These national parks are famous for Leopard cat, jackal, hill fox, long-tailed marmot as well as Tibetan wolfs and Asiatic Ibex.

Following are the national parks in Jammu and Kashmir:

Dachigam National Park

Situated 22 km away from the capital Srinagar, this is an adventure spot in Jammu and Kashmir. The literal meaning of the name of the park suggests ‘ten villages’. Presumably, ten villages had been relocated and rehabilitated for the construction of this national park. It was bestowed the national park status in 1981.
Covered in coniferous forests, the national park is famous for preserving animals such as Musk deer, Himalayan serow, Leopard cat, jackal, hill fox, long-tailed marmot and Himalayan weasel. The spotted birds are Cinnamon sparrow, Minivet, Kashmir flycatcher, Black-and-yellow grosbeak and others. It is also known for waterfalls, scrub vegetation, meadows and alpine pastures.

Hemis National Park

One of the popular national parks in Jammu and Kashmir, it is located at a high altitude in Ladakh. It is known for being the only national park in India which is located in the north of Himalayas. It is also one of the largest national parks in the country.
The park preserves species of snow leopards, Asiatic Ibex, Bharal, Tibetan wolf, mountain weasel and Himalayan marmot. One can spot rare birds from the Rumbak Valley such as streaked rosefinch, Tickell's leaf warbler, robin accentor, brown accentor and chukar.

Kishtwar National Park

Located in the Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, it is embroidered by Rinnay River, Marwa River and Kibar Nala catchment. It was declared a national park in 1981.

It is famous for spruce ‘Picea wallichian’ and silver fir ‘Abies pindrow’. Blue pine Pinus griffithii and deodar trees are found here in large numbers. The alpine pasture is neatly demarcated with the birch –rhododendron flowers.
Salim Ali National Park: Locally called as City Forest National Park, it is situated in Srinagar and famous for adventure hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and bird-watchers. It is famous for snow cock, hangul, serow and monal. It has been named after one of the famous Indian naturalists and bird watchers Salim Moizuddin Abdul Ali.

It was endowed the status of national park in 1992. The flora of the national park is distinguishable with the Mangrove Shrubbery. It is a paradise for bird watchers, especially during the winter months when coots, kingfishers and pintails can be spotted easily.

In short, make most of your trip to Jammu and Kashmir and get a flavour of its wildlife. Explore the famous national parks in Jammu and Kashmir this season.

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