Dachigam National Park is located in Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated 22kms away from Srinagar. Name of the park stands for 10 villages. To create the game preserve at this place, 10 villages of this place were relocated. Earlier it was under the control of Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir. Since 1910, this area comes under protected area. In 1981 it was declared as National Park. Flora and Fauna are the major attractions of this park.
What to see in Dachigam National Park:
Flora: This Park consists of plenty of broad leaf species. At the mountain face, visitors can see waterfalls, meadows, alpine pastures, scrub vegetation with deep gullies. Grass lands and Meadows always filled with different type of beautiful flowers. But during the winter season this attraction cannot be seen. Lower region of the park is famous for Fish Population at Marsar Lake.
Fauna: Major animal that can be seen in this park is Kashmir stag. Other species live in this park are Hill Fox, Jackal, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Grey Langur, Himalayan Serow, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Yellow throated Marten etc.
Major birds that can be seen in this park are Woodpecker, Pygmy Owlet, Minivet, Golden Oriole, Himalayan Monal, Black Bulbul, Cinnamon Sparrow, Chough, Koklass Pheasant etc.
What to see around Dachigam National Park:
Dal Lake: Deodar tree is major attractions in this place. Near the lake a small Shiva Mandir is located. Base camp for the trekkers is organised here. People believe that if they take a dip in the lake they will be blessed by Lord Shiva.
Jama Masjid: This is oldest mosque of Srinagar. This was destroyed and reconstructed several times. Ancient mughal architecture style can be seen on this mosque. 370 pillars can be seen in this masjid.
Rainwari: This is surrounding by beautiful mountains. Gurudwara in this place was constructed by Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. He was the 6th guru of Sikh.
Nagin Lake: This is also known as Jewel in the Ring. Major attractions of this lake are Shikaras and House Boats.
Shankaracharya Temple: This was constructed by the son of Emperor Ashoka in 200 BC. It is located on the top of the hill Shankaracharya hill. From this hill beauty of Pir Panjal mountain ranges can be seen.
Shalimar Gardens: This was built by Jahangir for his wife Nur Jahan in 1616. Major attractions of this garden are a canal, fountains and 4 terraces.
Hazratbal Mosque: This was constructed with white marble. This mosque is having large mountains in the backdrop. Kashmiri and Mughal architecture styles can be seen on the mosque.
All the above places are located in Srinagar which is 22kms away from the park.
Getting to Dachigam National Park: This place is well connected with road ways. Before reaching this place, visitors have to reach Srinagar. Srinagar is well connected with road, railways and airways. From Pahalgam, Leh, Jammu, Chandigarh, Delhi etc buses come to Srinagar. From Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Gurgoan etc trains come to this place. From Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Indore etc flights come to this place. From Srinagar, Jeeps, Taxis and private vehicles are available to visit Dachigam National Park.
Getting around Duchigam National Park: Park can be explored on foot. To reach upper area of the park, Trekking will be useful. Proper climbing equipments are essential to do trekking at this place. Jeep trails are available in this park. Taxis and Jeeps are available to visit the places in Srinagar.
Best time to visit Duchigam National Park: During the October month visitors can see the trees in their autumnal best. To see the upper regions best time to visit this place is between May and August. Best time to visit the lower region is May to August and between September to December.
Where to stay in Duchigam National Park: In the lower region of the park 2 rest houses are available to stay in the park. In Srinagar Plant of accommodations available to stay.
Where to eat in Duchigam National Park: Eateries are not available in the park. It is advisable to carry food and water from Srinagar.