Dachigam is situated in the Srinagar District, approximately 20 km from the Distt Headquarters. Covering almost half of the Dal Lake's catchments area, Dachigam National Park of Kashmir offers a scintillating view of the surroundings. The sanctuary is rich not only in flora and fauna, but is also a bird watcher's paradise and even has a Trout fish farm.
It houses over fifty species of trees, twenty of shrubs and five
hundred species of herbs. Running right through the center of the
Dachigam wildlife sanctuary of Kashmir, India is a stream, sourcing
water from a glacier. The altitude of the sanctuary, ranging from 5500
ft to 14000 ft above the sea level, has a wide variation. Thus, it is
clearly marked into an upper and lower region.
Dachigam is quite rich in fauna, housing approximately twenty species
of mammals. The wildlife of the park consists of Leopard, Himalayan
marmot, Himalayan black bear, Langur, Himalayan brown bear, Musk Deer,
etc. However, the most prided possession of Dachigam National Park is
Hangul, endangered deer species in the country. The best place for
watching the wildlife inside the park, in the period of March to May, is
the lower Dachigam. If you are coming during May to August, upper
Dachigam will be your best bet.
Birds at Dachigam National Park
Dachigam also boast of over 150 species of birds. The main ones are
starling golden oriole, peregrine falcon, koklas, black bulbul, kestrel,
golden eagle, grey heron, paradise flycatcher, bearded vulture, western
yellow-billed blue magpie, kestrel, griffon vulture, monal, etc. If you
want to enjoy the avian life during the months of September to March,
visit the upper Dachigam area. Dachigam is a big natural reserve
requiring the permission of the Wildlife authorities for exploration
You will find numerous hotels and restaurants on the Boulevard road,
suiting every budget. Apart from that, there are other major commercial
areas of Srinagar where you will easily get accommodation.
How to spend time
Explore the wildlife
Go for long walks/trekking