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Dachigam National Park

Dachigam National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Sarband water body with Dachigam National Park in the background.
Map showing the location of Dachigam National Park
Location Jammu and Kashmir, India
Coordinates
Area 141 km2
Established 1981

Dachigam National Park is located 22 kilometers from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. It covers an area of 141 km2. The name of the park literally stands for "ten villages" which could be in memory of the ten villages that were relocated for its formation.[1]

The park has been a protected area since 1910, first under the care of the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir and later under the observation of the concerned government authorities. It was initially created to ensure clean drinking water supply for the city of Srinagar. It was finally upgraded and declared a National Park in the year 1981.[1]

Contents

  • Topography 1
  • Flora 2
  • Fauna 3
    • Birds 3.1
  • See also 4
  • More information 5
  • References 6

Topography

Dachigam National park is located in the Zabarwan Range of the western Himalayas. The variation in altitude is vast, ranging from 5500 ft to 14000 ft above mean sea level. Due to this vast variation, the park is very clearly demarcated into an uneven region. The terrain ranges from gently sloping grasslands to sharp rocky outcrops and cliffs. Part of the park lies above the tree line and this area displays its own kind of natural beauty with bare rock mountains and crevices.[1]

Flora

The mountainsides below the tree line are heavily wooded. Most of this coniferous forest consists of broad leaf species. Interspersed between these are alpine pastures, meadows, waterfalls and scrub vegetation with deep gullies, locally known as Nars, running down the mountain face. Most of the grasslands and meadows, except in the harsh winters, are covered with brightly coloured flowers. Located high among its interiors is the Marsar lake from which flows the Dagwan river. This river flows all the way down to, and past, the lower region where it runs along the only proper road in the park and is also famous for its fish population, the trout.[1]

Fauna

The main animal species that Dachigam is most famous for is the hangul, or the Kashmir stag. the other species are:

Birds

See also

More information

Many precautions have been taken to protect the flora and fauna in Dachigam National Park. The Wildlife Institute of India and Jammu & Kashmir Wildlife Protection Department have a proposal about GPS tracking system to be implemented on Hangul for its protection.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "MANAGEMENT PLAN (2011-2016) DACHIGAM NATIONAL PARK" (PDF). jkwildlife.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  2. ^ Rashid, Afsana (January 24, 2009). "Hog deer at Achabal sanctuary".  
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