Jammu and Kashmir National Parks
Jammu & Kashmir offer tourists with exciting wildlife tours that encompass a number of outdoor activities, hiking and trekking, Jeep Safari, and an abundant view of the rich flora and wildlife habitat that this region has to offer.
Animals, trees and plants play a vital role to maintain a balanced eco-system and environment. They provide nature and humans with agricultural, horticultural, and medicinal benefits. Our ecosystem, when in balance, promotes the existence and growth of life, therefore, as a part of this vast and complex ecosystem, we must conserve and preserve our diverse wildlife and forest areas alike.
Jammu & Kashmir boasts of excellent wildlife preserves and bird sanctuaries, and therefore has established a unique and apt habitat for animals and trees. These National Parks offer tourists with exciting expeditions and safaris making it one of the most popular outdoor activities to look forward to. Nature walks are one of the best ways to scout through the numerous national parks of Jammu & Kashmir which is abundant with a wealth of unique and rare flora and fauna habitat.
The Nationals Parks of Jammu & Kashmir are the best way to escape from the daily hectic lifestyle and take that much needed break from a scheduled city life, therefore, all city dwellers look forward to their trip to these Wildlife Sanctuaries that dot the State of Jammu & Kashmir to rejuvenate and recharge with renewed energy. Such wildlife expeditions can only refresh you and allow you to experience one of the most memorable trips of your lifetime.
Aptly placed in the Northernmost part of India, Jammu and Kashmir is definitely one of the most beautiful tourist destinations to visit surrounded with world famous scenic valleys, Himalayan mountain ranges, lakes and National Parks such as the Dachigam National Park, Kishtwar National Park, and Salim Ali National Park.
Dachigam National Park, Jammu Kashmir
Dachigam National Park, Jammu Kashmir is situated in Srinagar and features fauna species such as Black Bulbuls, Cinnamon Sparrows, Hangul, Hill Fox, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Brown Bear, Himalayan Gray Langurs, Himalayan Monals, Himalayan Weasel, Jackals, Jungle Cats, Kashmir Stag, Leopard Cats, Leopards, Long-tailed Marmots, Minivets, Musk Deer, Woodpeckers, and Yellow-throated Martens to mention a few. This National Park is ideal for Trekking and Nature walks and is best experienced when wild fruit trees fully blossom and makes you feel closest to heaven on earth.
Salim Ali National Park
Salim Ali National Park, formerly known as City Forest National Park is situated in Srinagar and features wildlife species such as the Hangul, Monal, Serow, and Snow cock to name a few. This National Park captures an area of 9.07 sq. km. and is easily accessible from Srinagar, the Capital city of Jammu & Kashmir.
Kishtwar National Park
Kishtwar National Park, also spelled as Kishtawar National Park is home to a varied species of wildlife such as the Black Bear, Brown Bear, Hangul Cervus or Kashmir Stag, Himalayan Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Ibex Capra, Kashmir Stag, Leopard Cat, Leopard, Markhor, and the Snow Leopard to name a few. Situated in the district of Doda just 40 kms north-east of Kishtawar District, this National park is known for its Waterfalls and Sapphire Mines of Paddar area and is ideal for Trekking. Established in 1981, Kishtwar National Park also features endemic birds such as the Flycatcher, Golden Eagle, Golden Oriole, Himalayan Monal Pheasant, and the Koklas.