Dachigam National Park Overview

Ranked 13 of 18 sightseeing in Kashmir

Dachigam National Park, sprawling over an area of around 141 sq. km, is located at a distance of 22 km from Srinagar. This park is famous for the endangered Hangul, which is the only species of red deer to be found in the country. The park is nestled in the deep valleys, steep wooded slopes, rolling alpine pastures and rocky outcrops. This national park has a variation in altitude that ranges between 1,600 m and 4,200 m, owing to its location in the mountainous area. This variation in altitude divides the entire park in to two regions, the upper region and the lower region.

Initially, the park was constructed so as to supply clean drinking water to Srinagar. However, later in 1910, the park was converted to a protected area. As the name suggests, Dachigam literally means Ten Villages. Declared as a National Park in 1981, the park since then is abode to several rare species of animals.

Hangul can be spotted in winters, when they roam around in the lower valley of this park. Some other inhabitants of this park include musk deer, jungle cats,  brown bear and many more.

Tourists visiting the park can also spot several rare birds like black bulbuls, cinnamon sparrows, Himalayan monals and Kashmir flycatcher. In addition, bird lovers can also see colourful pheasants including the koklass pheasant, crimson tragopan and others.  . Besides, golden eagle and bearded vulture or lammergeier can also be spotted flying higher in the sky.

The flora that tourists can find in this national park includes wild cherry, pear, plum and many others. Other trees that can be seen lined in this park are oak, willow, poplar among many others.

The best time to visit the upper region of this national park extends from the month of May to August. Lower Dachigam can be visited during the months of September to December.

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  • Best Time: During DayBest Time: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsLength of visit: During Sunrise
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Summer:
5:30 AM -6:30 PM
Winter:
5:30 AM -6:30 PM

Famous for: National Parks

Entry: paid

99% voted as clean

Not Allowed: Pets

Review and Ratings

Er. rahul5.0/5

184 reviews

Dachigam national park

The park is best known for having the rarest of species - the hangul, or Kashmir stag. It is India's most elevated forest reserve at an altitude of 1,700 m. to 4,300 m. above sea level and is spread over a sprawling 141 sq kms. Right from the Himalayan grey langur that feed on the barks of trees to the rare Himalayan brown bear to Pygmy Owlets to the predators, the leopards. You shall not be disappointed one bit because Dachigam is always prepared to show you all of its beauty, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy. Dachigam National Park, Jammu & Kashmir is situated at a mere 22 kms from the main town of Srinagar. Dachigam literally stands for 'ten villages', which is kept in memory of the ten villages that had to be relocated in order to create the catchment area and the park.

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Raheela Rashid3.6/5

11 reviews

Wild experience

Feeding a bear with my own hands was an scary awesome experience.I watched tiger, deer, snakes and wild birds in the park . The park was well maintained and full of interesting stories. The overall view of the park made me feel that I was actually inside the safe jungle. I got to see the different types of creepy creatures that I had only heard and read in book till this experience. The park is very secure and hurting animals for taking pictures and wandering alone is strictly prohibited. I like the security measures the authority has kept there for animals and visitors. The park is a good place to be friends with animals .Must visit.

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Gowhar Ah2.9/5

4 reviews

A complete package filled with adventure

dachigam national park is a famous national park in kashmir. People from outside kashmir like America,Europe come here. I have gone many times in this park . when I was child I used to go their every year with my school. It is very nice park.Many animal are kept their like cheetah, bear. They are kept in zoos . In Earlier times kashmirI hangul was also present their but not now ,their density decreased day by day. I recommend this butiful place for a complete holiday package filled with adventure ..

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Anantaraman Prem4.6/5

2 reviews

Adventurous and a scary stay

For entering this reserve, you need prior permission. I visited in teh month of January which was snow laden. The walk, about 3 hours, was exhilirating. Trails are semi marked and better to go with a help from the reserve park. We could see re-habilated bears ( suffering from frost bites!) and tigers. In the open we could glimpse langurs and birds of the region. A early morning walk, if sunshine is available, you may see some white tigers in the open. There is huge trout farm where they are reared and segregated as per size. Not for Sale !! what to carry : food and water. what to wear : Winter clothing , thermals, trekking shoes with wollen socks. No night stay. If we are guests of the state we may ge permission for night halt.

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