Dachigam National Park is located at a distance of 22 kilometers from Srinagar in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The name actually stands for ‘ten towns’, which could be in memory of the ten towns that were moved so as to make this recreation center. The rectangular shaped park is only 141 sq. kilometers in area, having a rough measurement of 23.5 kilometers by 6 kilometers.
Dachigam was first founded to make sure that the inhabitants of Srinagar city are getting enough supply of pure drinking water. It was fully protected till the year of 1910 but then it was announced as a national park in 1981. This recreation center is best known as the home of the hangul, or Kashmir stag.
Dachigam National Park is situated around 22 Kilometers from Srinagar district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It falls in the Zabarwan Range of the western Himalayas.
The park is situated in the middle of the western Himalayas. The landscape of this recreation center extends from delicately inclining prairies to sharp rough outcrops and bluffs. The mountainsides are well-protected with coniferous backwoods, spotted with high fields, surging glades, waterfalls, and clean vegetation.
The Park is situated in two distinct zones, Upper and Lower Dachigam. Both zones contain some real refinement in terms of flora, fauna, and territory. The lower Dachigam, in the west, is a home to around 33% of its entire population and always welcomes visitors or tourists. Upper Dachigam in the east stretches out over the higher reaches. One can take a day’s trek from the closest street head to this place.
The prairies and knolls are beautifully covered with flowers throughout the year. The only exception is the winter season when they stay barren without flowers.
Coniferous timberlands cover an expansive zone in Dachigam National Park. The mountainsides of the forest are thickly secured with wild trees.
Wild Cherry, Pear, Plum, Peach, Apple, Apricot, Walnut, Chestnut, Oak, Willow, Poplar, Chinar, Birch, Pine, Elm, Chestnut, Poplars etc.
Mammals – Kashmiri Stag, Musk Deer, leopards, Himalayan Gray Langurs, Leopard Cats, Himalayan black bear, Jackals, Hill Fox, Himalayan Weasel, Yellow-throated Martens, Jungle Cat, Long Tailed Marmots, Himalayan Brown Bear, The Otter, Yellow-throated Marten, Jungle-cat, Himalayan Fox, Serow etc.
Birds – Monal Pheasant, Crimson Tragopan, Golden Eagle, Bearded Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Lammergeier Vulture, Blood Pheasant, Cinnamon Sparrow, Woodpeckers, Himalayan Rubythroat, Pygmy Owlet, Babblers, Orange Bullfinch, Golden Oriole, Black Bulbul, Koklass Pheasant, Peregrine Falcon, Paradise Flycatcher, Western Yellow-Billed Blue Magpie, Golden Oriole, Grey Heron etc.
How to Reach Dachigam National Park
Srinagar, being only 22 kilometers away, is the closest air terminal to Dachigam National Park.
There are a few cities, for example, Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Indore, Bengaluru and Leh from where you can fly to Srinagar.
Jammu is the closest rail head which is around 327 kilometers away from Dachigam National park.
Some noteworthy urban areas in India, for example, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Rishikesh and Jabalpur are well-connected to Jammu by means of rail.
Srinagar is well-linked to Jammu and some other towns by means of open and private transports.
Transports are easily available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Leh, Pahalgam and Jammu and so on. Cabs can also be hired from Srinagar.
Best Time to Visit:
Dachigam National park remains open throughout the year, however, the best time to visit is between April and October. The upper parts of this park are not available in the winter months. A tourist must come amongst June and August to see the best version of itself!
Summer is also a decent time to visit the lower zones though the best month is October to visit this park since one can enjoy Kashmir’s glorious autumn tree colors all through the season.
Photo by Mike Prince