by two steep ridges, the Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary
presents a diorama
which is a complete feast for all your senses. Dachigam wildlife sanctuary
remains segregated into Lower Dachigam and Upper Dachigam. The landscape of
the Dachigam wildlife sanctuary
is as diverse as its pristine flora and
fauna. Resembling the red deer of Europe, hangul or the Kashmiri stag is the
cynosure of all eyes here. Besides this highly endangered species, Dachigam
harbours a number of other exotic species that invite
visitors year after year. Srinagar, the capital city of the state of Jammu
and Kashmir is just 22 km from the national park.
Best Time : March to August/
September to December
Wildlife Species in Dachigam
Entry Fee :
wildlife sanctuary is known for its topographical variety. Deep ravines,
outcroppings, forested slopes and alpine pastures make up for a suiting
habitat for the species that call the Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary home. The
Dachigam River, which meanders through the Lower Dachigam, adds much to the
wild beauty of the park.
The highly endangered hangul or the Kashmiri stag is the biggest draw for
wildlife lovers visiting here. These exotic species of stags can be spotted
in the lower valleys during winters. The sight of a hangul can instantly
remind you of the red deer of Europe, the white rump patch and the
impressive intertwined antlers. There are other animal species to be spotted
including the Himalayan black bear, wild goat, leopard, musk deer, ibis and
Himalayan marmot among others.
The residents of the Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary also include numerous bird
species. Crimson tapogan, blood pheasant, golden eagle and bearded vultures
are among the common sightings.
What else to see and do?
Travel (Air/Rail/Road) Information
- Take a nature walk into the wilds of the national park and explore
the pristine flora.
- As Srinagar is a mere 22 km from here, you can easily get to the
city and feast your eyes upon the sights that the city offers.
- For those who are visiting the Upper Dachigam, May to August is the
best time, where September to December is ideal for making a trip to the
- Trekking is a wonderful option in the upper reaches of the Dachigam
Valley. So, be ready to soak up the wonderful panorama that awaits you
Srinagar Airport, 22 km away, serves as the closest airport from the
Dachigam Wildife Sanctuary. The airport has frequent flights to important
destinations like Delhi and Mumbai. Jammu, which is 200 km from here, is the
nearest railhead, connecting to all the key destinations of the country. A
good number of metalled roads connect the national park with Srinagar.
Regular tourist taxis and buses are available from Srinagar to get to the
There are not too many jungle resorts inside Dachigam wildlife sanctuary.
However, travellers can choose to stay in the forest rest houses and tourist
lodges that are run by the forest department.
- Forest Rest Houses
- Tourist Lodges