Overa Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a distance of approximately 76 km from Srinagar. Located in the southeast of Srinagar, near Pahalgam, the sanctuary boasts of some rare, endangered and protected species of birds and animals. Stunning mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys exemplify the features of the Overa Wildlife Sanctuary of Kashmir. Home to numerous birds as well as animals, the sanctuary houses some assorted and outstanding species of pheasants. Some of them are the Himalayan snow cock, Monal, Chukar and Koklas.
Rich Flora of Overa Wildlife Sanctuary
The rich flora of the Kashmir, India Overa Wildlife Sanctuary consists
of a variety of floral compounds, mainly including the conifers. Some of
the major species are Pinus griffithii, Abies pindrow, Morus Alba,
Juglans regia, etc. The primary shrub of the sanctuary consists of
Indigofera heterantha, Desmodium tiliaefolium, Isdon spp., etc. Covering
the ground is a major layer of Dicotlydonous herbs, comprising of
Taraxacum officinale, Artemisia vulgaris, Anemone spp., etc.
Wildlife Attractions at Overa
Wildlife Sanctuary Priding itself on housing 13 species of animals, the
Overa Wildlife Sanctuary houses some of those threatened species of
mammals, which are faced with the possibility of extinction. The best
time to see the rich wildlife of Overa is from September to April. The
wildlife of the sanctuary consists of Leopard cat, Musk deer, Hangul,
Langur, Rhesus macaque, Leopard, Serow, etc.
Birds at Overa Wildlife Sanctuary
There are also approximately 80 species of birds in the sanctuary.
Apart from the exotic pheasants, avian life consists of the Bearded
vulture, Red billed chough, Indian mynah, Himalayan whistling thrush,
Jungle crow, Griffon vulture, etc. The best time for bird watching is
from March to August.