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Top 8 Parks and Sanctuaries in Jammu & Kashmir

TOP 8 PARKS AND SANCTUARIES IN JAMMU & KASHMIR 1 DACHIGAM NATIONAL PARK Located 22 kilometers from the summer capital Srinagar this park derives its name from the ten villages that were repositioned to make this park. The main animal species that Dachigam is most famous for is the Hangul, or the Kashmir Stag. The birdwatchers can feast their sights on a diverse species of birds such as: Cinnamon Sparrow, Pygmy Owlet, Wagtail, Orange Bullfinch and Red-billed Blue Magpie to name a few. 2 HEMIS HIGH ALTITUDE NATIONAL PARK Situated in Ladakh, it is the largest notified protected area in India and the second largest contiguous protect- ed area. Being the largest national park in South Asia. It is the only refuge containing the Shapu, Eurasian Brown Bear, the Red Fox and Trans-Himalayan birds of prey. It is the part of cold dessert area with no motor able roads. It is a good trekking site and a bird watcher's paradise. 3 KISHTWAR NATIONAL PARK The National Park is just above the Kishtwar town on a rugged and steep terrain which is home to various graz- ing nomadic tribes. The climate is pleasant throughout the year with the occasional snowfall during December and January. Rich with vegetation this area has trees like silver fir, spruce, cedar, deodar, horse chestnut, walnut, maple, poplar, hazel and blue pine to name a few. It also plays the natural habitat for the Himalayan Snowcock. 4 SALIM ALI NATIONAL PARK Also called the City Forest National Park is located in Srinagar, to commemorate famous Indian ornithologist Salim Ali. It was subsequently converted into The Royal Springs Golf Course in the new millennium. The park is home to the musk deer and at least 70 species of birds including the Ring Dove, Paradise Flycatcher and Hima- layan Monal. SHALIMAR GARDEN Emperor Jehangir had built this ornate Garden for Nur Jehan. The most attractive area is the four terraces con- tructed at the garden. The fourth being the best was reserved for the royal family to regale with the fresh blooms of summer and autumn. 6. CHASHMASHAHI Shah Jehan laid the Royal Spring Garden known to be the best digestive mineral water. Also dotted with terrac- es this has some of the finest flowers adorned by the tall Chinar trees. It is a very romantic place that is truly a surreal experience. This also features the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip garden which is a heavenly view of lines of tulips in full bloom. It is therefore Asia's largest Tulip Garden. 7 NISHAT GARDEN Another mughal garden set on the backdrop of the famous Dal Lake and Zabarwan hills. This offers a ma- jestic view of the Dal Lake. The fleet of Shikaras and a long walk in the Garden refreshes your senses. 8 VERINAG SPRING PARK: It is the first tourist spot of Kashmir Valley when travelling by road from Jammu. Located in the Anantanag District the star attraction is the Verinag Spring. An octagonal stone basin and an arcade surrounding it were built by Emperor Jahangir in 1620A.D. Later, a beautiful garden was laid out by his son Shah Jahan. This spring never dries up or over- flows and is believed to be the main source of river Jhelum. This is a monument of national importance declared by the Archaeological Survey of India. Source :

Top 8 Parks and Sanctuaries in Jammu & Kashmir

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Jammu & Kashmir is famous for its increadible scenic beauty. Trip to Jammu & Kashmir has numerous tourist destinations but there are also top 8 parks and sanctuaries which is popular among foreigners ...


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