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 Wildlife in Jammu

Ramnagar National Park
Kishtwar
Nandni
Sruinsar/Mansar
Jasrota

Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated only 6 km.away from Jammu city, this sanctuary occupies an area of 31 sq.km. The area sustains 8 mammal species including nilgai and barking deer and 15 species of birds. The best season for mammal viewing is September to March and for bird viewing March to May. Within the sanctuary is a two bedroomed hut. For passes contact the Regional Wildlife Warden, Jammu.

General Information
Airport Jammu (8 Kms)
Railhead Jammu (6 Kms)
Area 31.50 sqkms
Altitudinal Range 430 to 611 mtrs above m.s.l.
Accomodation 1 Inspection hut = 2bedrooms= 4beds.
Fauna This area sustains more than eight mammal species , the most common being nilgai, barking deer, wild boar, rhesus monkey etc.
Avifauna The sanctuary supports Indian Mynah, blue rock pigeon, peafowl, red jungle fowl, jungle crow, golden oriole, white cheeked bulbul.
Visit Mammal viewing (September to March) Bird Viewing (March to May)
Dress Spring/SummerTrekking Shoes , Raincoat, and light clothing WinterTrekking shoes, Heavy woolens, waterproof windcheaters.

For Reservations Contact :

The Regional Wildlife Warden Jammu Region
Near Jammu Ashok Hotel Manda (Ramnagar)
Jammu, (Jammu and Kashmir)

Kishtwar High Altitude National Park

This Park is interesting for the marked variations in topography and vegetation that occur here. Spread over an area of 400 sq.km the park contains 15 mammal species including the musk deer and Himalayan black and brown bear.There are 50 species of birds.

General Information :
Approach Airport Jammu (250 kms.)
Railhead Jammu (248 kms.)
Road Constructed up to Ikhala, but bus services are operated up to Plamer only 20 kms. north of Kishtwar.
Area 400 sq.kms
Altitudinal Range 1,700 to 4,800 metres above M.S.L
Accomodation Check with Regional Wildlife Warden.
Flora The area is characterised by marked variations in topography,climate and altitude as a result of which different types of forest vegetation occur.The principal tree species are Cedrus deodara,Pinus gerardiana, Pinus wallichiana, Quercus spp., Juglans regia, Ulmus spp., etc. The dominant shrubs are Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana,Viburnum spp., Desmodium tiliaefolium and Rosa spp. The major herbs include Primula spp., Brachypodium spp., Anemone spp., Dipsacus mitis, Artemisia vulgaris, etc.
Fauna There are over fifteen mammal species; the principal species being hangul, musk deer, markhor, goral Himalayan brown bear, langur, leopard, etc.
Avifauna Fifty species of birds exist here and the main species are the Himalayan jungle crow, griffon vulture, bearded vulture, golden oriole, paradise flycatcher, white cheeked bulbul, Indian Mynah.
Visit Mammal viewing (September to March) Bird Viewing (March to May)
Dress Spring/Summer Trekking Shoes , Raincoat, and light clothing Winter Trekking shoes, Heavy woolens, waterproof windcheaters.

For Reservations Contact :

The Regional Wildlife Warden Jammu Region
Near Jammu Ashok Hotel Manda(Ramnagar)
Jammu, (Jammu and Kashmir)

Nandni Wildlife Sanctuary :

The sanctuary has an area of 33 sq.km. and has been named after nandni village located at a distance of 28 kms from Jammu.on NHIA. There is appreciable pheasant population.

General Information :
Approach Airport Jammu (26 kms.)
Railhead Jammu (28 kms.)
Road Jammu/Srinagar ( 20/274 kms)
Area 33.24 sq.kms
Accomodation Check with wildlife warden
Fauna There are about eight mammal species in the area. The main species are leopard, wildboar, rhesus monkey, garal, grey langur etc.
Avifauna The common birds are Indian mynah, blue rock pigeon, peafowl, red jungle fowl, chir pheasants, chakor etc.
Visit Mammal viewing September to March Bird Viewing March to May
Dress Spring/Summer Trekking Shoes , Raincoat, and light clothing Winter Trekking shoes, medium/Heavy woolens, waterproof windcheaters.

For Reservations Contact :

The Regional Wildlife Warden Jammu Region
Near Jammu Ashok Hotel Manda (Ramnagar)
Jammu, (Jammu and Kashmir)

Surinsar Mansar Wildlife Sanctuary

Named for the two lakes on each corner of it, this sanctuary comprises an area of 98 sq.km and supports a mammal population of 8 species and 15 species of birds.

General Information :
Approach Airport Jammu (58 Kms)
Railhead Jammu (56 Kms)
Road Jammu (42 Kms)
Area 97.82 Kms
Accomodation Check with Regional wildlife warden.
Flora The mixed scrub forest comprises mainly of broad leaved species which are mixed with stands of Pinus gerardiana. The common broad leaved species are Acacia spp., Mallotus phillipensis, dalbergia sissii, ficus religiosa, bahunia variegata.
Fauna There are eight species viz., Goral, wild boar, barking deer, leopard.
Avifauna There is multitude of birds viz., black partridge, red jungle fowl, peafowl, grey partridge, green pigeon, blue rock pigeon, rufus turtle dove.
Visit Mammal viewing September to March
Bird Viewing March to May
Dress Spring/Summer Trekking Shoes , Raincoat, and light clothing
Winter Trekking shoes, Heavy woolens, waterproof windcheaters.

For Reservations Contact :

The Regional Wildlife Warden Jammu Region
Near Jammu Ashok Hotel Manda (Ramnagar)
Jammu, (Jammu and Kashmir)

Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary :

Spread over an area of 10 sq.km the sanctuary houses an appreciable variety of bird as well as animal life,most notably cheetal or axis deer. This is located right on the baks of river Ujh. northwards of village Jasrota. The entire area mainly sustains Bamboo Plantations.

General Information :
Approach Airport Jammu (65 kms.)
Railhead Jammu (63 kms.)
Road Jammu/Srinagar ( 70 kms)
Area 10.04 kms .
Accomodation Check with Regional Wildlife warden
Flora Dominated by Bamboo plantations. Other broad leaved species are Acacia Catechu A.Arabica, Dalbergia Sissoo, Lannea Grandis etc. The main shrubs are Lantana camara, Carisa spinarum, Dodonea Visacosa.
Fauna The most prolific mammals found there are cheetal, Barking deer, wild boar, rhesus monkey.
Avifauna There is rich variet of pheasants and other migratory and resident birds. the principal species are peafowl, red jungle fowl, jungle bush quail, green pigeon and blue rock pigeon.
Visit Mammal viewing September to March
Bird Viewing March to May
Dress Spring/Summer Trekking Shoes , Raincoat, and light clothing
Winter Trekking shoes, medium/Heavy woolens, waterproof windcheaters.

For Reservations Contact :

The Regional Wildlife Warden Jammu Region
Near Jammu Ashok Hotel Manda (Ramnagar)
Jammu, (Jammu and Kashmir)

Wildlife in Kashmir

Dachigam National Park
Overa wildlife sanctuary
Gulmarg (Bio Sphere Reserves)
Overa-Aru (Bio Sphere Reserves)

Dachigam National Park


Dachigam is a wildlife sanctuary which is home to the endangered HANGUL species of the Deer in the country. dachigam is also host to other wildlife of the state viz Black/ Brown Bear, Musk Deer, leopards and migratory birds. There is a Trout fish farm also in Dachigam. It is big natural reserve which requires permissions from the Wildlife Authorities for exploration. The dense forests of Dachigam offer a brilliant view alongwith a Glacier fed rivulet flowing right through the middle. Dachigam lies in Srinagar District and it is 20 Kms from the Distt Headquarters.The nearest Airport is approx. 25 Kms away in Badgam Distt.This Airport is connected with major cities of country. The nearest Rail Head is at Jammu which is 300 Kms away and from there National Highway NH1A connects the Kashmir valley with India. Every sort of transport to suit every budget from Buses to Taxis ply on this Highway. It takes around 10 to 12 hours to cross this mountaineous road which crosses some beautiful spots and the famous Jawahar tunnel linking Kashmir Valley with country. Selected transport is available from anywhere in the Srinagar city with nominal costs to the Gates of sanctuary. From there on you have to trudge on foot.Taxis, Buses can be chartered from anywhere in the Srinagar city to this place. On reaching there :

  • Explore the Wildlife in the natural reserve.
  • Talking long walks/Trekking in the wildlife park.
  • Carry your own refreshments as nothing is available commercially.
  • Angling can be allowed only after seeking prior licenses and permissions.
General Information :
Approach Airport Srinagar (32 kms.)
Railhead Jammu (315 kms.)
Road Srinagar (21 kms.)
Area 141 sq. kms.
Altitudinal Range 1,700 to 4,000 metres M.S.L.
Accommodation Lower Dachigam:
Panzgam 2 inspection huts 3 bedrooms = 6 beds.
Laribal 1 inspection hut 1 bedroom = 2 beds.
Laribal 2 dormitories 3 bedrooms = 20 beds.
Upper Dachigam:
Sangargulu 1 inspection hut 2 bedrooms = 4 beds.
Gratnar 1 inspection hut 6 bedrooms = 12 beds.
Flora There are over fifty species of trees,twenty of shrubs and five hundred species of herbs. The principal tree species are Pinus griffithii,Abies pindrow,Juglans regia,Morus alba,Betula utilis,Salix spp.,Populus spp., Prunus armeniaca, Corylus colurna,Quercus robur,Ulmus wallichiana, Aesculus indica, etc.Shrubs include Berberis spp.,Desmodium tiliaefolium,Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana, Indigofera heterantha etc.
Fauna There are twenty mammal species which include hangul,Himalayan brown bear,Himalayan black bear, langur,Himalayan marmot,leopard etc.
Avifauna There are over 150 species of birds.The principal species are monal,koklas,bearded vulture, griffon vulture,golden eagle,grey heron,starling,golden oriole,paradise flycatcher,western yellow-billed blue magpie,kestrel,peregrine falcon,black bulbul, etc.
Visit Upper Dachigam Mammal/Bird viewing May to August
Lower Dachigam Mammal viewing September to March.
Bird viewing March to May.
Dress Summer : Trekking shoes,raincoat and light clothing.
Winter : Trekking shoes,heavy woolens and waterproof windcheater.
Spring : Trekking shoes,raincoat and light woollens.

For Reservations contact :

The Chief Wildlife Warden,
Jammu & Kashmir State,
Tourist Reception Centre,
Srinagar 190001, (Kashmir.)

Overa Wildlife Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is situated about 76 kms.from Srinagar in the south-east and located near Pahalgam.The area is home to a number of rare,threatend and protected species of birds and mammals.It sustains 13 species of mammals and over 80 species of birds.It has acquired an outstanding position for its varied and magnificent species of pheasants.

General Information :
Approach Airport Srinagar (87 kms.)
Railhead Jammu (280 kms.)
Road Srinagar (76 kms.)
Anantnagh (40 kms.)
Pahalgam (11 kms.)
Area 32.27 sq.kms.
Accommodation 1 inspection hut......... 2 bedrooms = 4 beds.
Flora The Overa Willife Sanctuary is richly covered with a variety of floral complexes which comprise mainly of conifers; the principal species being Pinus griffithii,Abies pindrow,aesculus indica,Morus alba, Juglans regia, etc.Major shrub associates are Indigofera heterantha, Desmodium tiliaefolium, Isdon spp., etc, while the main ground layer is dominated by dicotlydonous herbs comprising of Taraxacum officinale, Artemisia vulgaris, Anemone spp., Primula spp., etc.
Fauna This area houses a variety of mammals most of which are faced with the serious threat of extinction.They are the hangul, musk deer,serow, rhesus macaque, langur, leopard, leopard cat, etc.
Avifauna The area as distinct from the other wildlife reserves of the valley holds a rich assemblage of pheasants like the chukar, koklas, monal and Himalayan snow cock.Other avifauna include the jungle crow, red billed chough, griffon vulture, bearded vulture, Himalayan whistling thrush, rufous-backed shrike, Indian mynah, etc.
Visit Mammal viewing September to April
Bird viewing March to August
Dress Summer/Spring : Trekking shoes,raincoat and light clothing.
Winter : Trekking shoes, Heavy woolens and windcheater.

For Reservations contact :

The Chief Wildlife Warden,
Jammu & Kashmir State,
Tourist Reception Centre,
Srinagar 190001, (Kashmir.)

Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve

The area is located located at a distance of 48 kms. from Srinagar to its south-west.It is famous for retaining several rare and endangered species like the musk deer, and a rich and varied avifauna.

General Information :
Approach Airport Srinagar (57 kms.)
Railhead Jammu (342 kms.)
Road Srinagar (48 kms.)
Area 180 sq.kms.
Altitudinal Range 2400 to 4300 above M.S.L.
Accommodation Tourist and private accommodation readily available. Camping site available.
Flora The area holds a rich cover of vegetation, the dominant forest consisting of conifers which account for over 90%. The principal species are Cedrus deodara, Pinus griffithii, Abies pindrow, Aesculus indica etc. The major shrubs are Indigofera heterantha, Viburnum spp., Sorbaria tomentosa etc. the ground cover is very rich and dicotyledonus herbs dominate, comprising of Rumex patientia, Primula spp., anemone spp., etc.
Fauna Nature has gifted this Biosphere Reserve with multiple species of rare, endangered and protected species. The main species are hangul, musk deer, serow, brown bear, Leopard, black bear and red fox etc.
Avifauna The area houses a good population of pheasants and upland birds apart from other species, both resident and migratory. The common birds are griffon vulture, monal, snow cock, koklas, blue rock pigeon, Kashmir roller, European hoopoe, jungle crow etc.
Visit Mammal viewing September to March (in lower areas)
Bird viewing March to May (in lower areas)
Dress Summer/Spring :
Trekking shoes,raincoat and light clothing.
Winter : Trekking shoes, Heavy woolens and windcheater.

For Reservations contact :

The Chief Wildlife Warden,
Jammu & Kashmir State,
Tourist Reception Centre,
Srinagar 190001, (Kashmir.)

Overa- Aru Biosphere Reserve

The area is located located at a distance of 76 kms. from Srinagar to its south-east.It is famous for retaining several rare and endangered species like the hangul, musk deer, brown bear, leopard, koklas, monal and snow cock.

General Information :
Approach Airport Srinagar (87 kms.)
Railhead Jammu (280 kms.)
Road Srinagar (76 kms.)
Anantnagh (40 kms.)
Area 400 sq.kms.
Altitudinal Range 3,050 to 5,425 above M.S.L.
Accommodation 1 inspection hut ........ 2 bedrooms = 4 beds.
Tourist and private accommodation readily available at Pahalgam.
Camping site available.
Flora The area holds a rich cover of vegetation, the dominant forest consisting of conifers which account for over 90%. The principal species are Cedrus deodara, Pinus griffithii, Abies pindrow, Aesculus indica etc. The major shrubs are Indigofera heterantha, Viburnum spp., Sorbaria tomentosa etc. the ground cover is very rich and dicotyledonus herbs dominate, comprising of Rumex patientia, Primula spp., anemone spp., etc.
Fauna Nature has gifted this Biosphere Reserve with multiple species of rare, endangered and protected species. The main species are hangul, musk deer, serow, brown bear, Leopard, rhesus macaque, grey langur, Himalayan mouse hare, etc.
Avifauna The area houses a good population of pheasants and upland birds apart from other species, both resident and migratory. The common birds are griffon vulture, monal, snow cock, koklas, blue rock pigeon, Kashmir roller, European hoopoe, jungle crow etc.
Visit Mammal viewing September to March (in lower areas)
Bird viewing March to May (in lower areas)
Mammal/Bird viewing May to August (in upper areas.)
Dress Summer/Spring : Trekking shoes,raincoat and light clothing. Winter : Trekking shoes, Heavy woolens and waterproof windcheater.

For Reservations contact :

The Chief Wildlife Warden,
Jammu & Kashmir State,
Tourist Reception Centre,
Srinagar 190001, (Kashmir.)







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