Top 5 National Parks In Jammu and Kashmir

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When it comes to the top destinations to visit in Asia, India is, of course, one of them. While it is a must to stop and see New Delhi, Mumbai and Agra, let us not forget that India has other top-rated destinations to visit too. An example is the region of Jammu and Kashmir, which is situated between India and Pakistan. The region is particularly attractive for nature lovers. Visit Pangong Tso, the ideal place for watching migratory birds. The calming blue water of the remote lake exudes beauty you will not find elsewhere. If you are fond of glaciers, then find your way to Miyar Valley. Other must-visit destinations include Baramulla and Bangong Co. But, what is nature retreat when you do not visit the national parks? Read on to find out the top national parks in Jammu and Kashmir you need to add to your itinerary.

1. Dachigam National Park

Dachigam National Park- Jammu & Kashmir
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The first one on this list is Dachigam National Park, which is arguably the most gorgeous national park in India. This national gem boasts rich and colorful valleys, rolling hills and steep slopes. Moreover, It’s known to be the home of the Kashmir stag, an endangered species. Cinnamon sparrows and black bulbuls are also known to be some of this park’s permanent residents. The national park is a good place to visit at any time of the year. When it is winter season, the park turns into a snowy wonderland, while during summertime you can enjoy how healthy and green all the plants found here are.

Dachigam National Park

Address: Near Harwan Mughal Garden, Dachigam Road, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 191202

Opening hours: 8am - 6pm (daily)

Price: Free

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2. Panjal Mastan National Park

Landscape in Panjal Mastan National Park, Pakistan
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Situated in Bagh district, Panjal Mastan National Park is among the highest plateaus that can be found in the region. One of the best times to visit this place is spring, as you’ll able to admire the colorful flowers and beautiful landscape. Panjal Mastan National Park will remind you of the scenery in Switzerland, especially when the cows, goats and sheep come to the grassland to indulge in their lunch. If you’re fortunate enough, you might be able to spot wild animals like leopards, wild boars and foxes when you visit here.

Panjal Mastan National Park

Address: Bagh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

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3. Kazinag National Park

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What is the best thing about Kazinag National Park? The answer is probably the park’s most famous inhabitant, Markhor wild goats. Be impressed by the strength and the beauty of this creature that’s well-known around the country. In addition to the wild goats, you will also be able to spot flying squirrels and musk deer, among others. Another interesting thing about the park is its collection of butterflies. You can see more than 17 kinds of butterflies at this park.

Kazinag National Park

Address: Kanli Bagh, Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir 193101

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

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4. Kishtwar National Park

Kishtwar National Park is a well-known destination, thanks in part to its many animal inhabitants. At first, the national park was built to protect majestic snow leopards. As the years passed, however, the national park has become home to other exotic animals. Expect to have your breath taken away when you spot Himalayan black bear, Indian muntijal, musk deer and ibex, among others. Also, a variety of bird species can be spotted here. When you visit, you’ll marvel at the beauty of the golden oriole, Indian mynah, white-cheeked bulbul and Himalayan monal. Of course, there is more to Kishtwar National Park. You will also be stunned by the abundant flora and lush landscape. Take pictures with the cascading waterfalls, large rocks and narrow valleys as your backdrop.

Kishtwar National Park

Address: Forest Block, Jammu and Kashmir 182204

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

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5. Hemis National Park

Landscape Hemis National Park
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Last but not least is Hemis National Park. Similar to Kishtwar National Park, Hemis National Park is also home to snow leopards. It’s is known for its high altitude, which makes it the ideal place for many other animal species as well. When you visit, always watch out for the Tibetan wolf, Himalayan house mare, brown bear and Himalayan marmot, to name a few. The most ideal time to visit the national park is between June and October. Enjoy trekking here with your adventurous loved ones, but be sure to pause now and then to enjoy the landscapes that surround you, including valleys and hills. If you are looking for a fun adventure, you should come during winter, when the national park is covered with snow.

Hemis National Park

Address: Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194101

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: 100 INR (1.5 USD)

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Have an unforgettable, nature-focused vacation in Jammu and Kashmir

Now, you have reached the end of the article. What did you think about the national parks mentioned above? Aren’t they all incredibly charming? It would certainly be difficult for you to choose which national parks to visit first. Nevertheless, each and every one of these parts is worth visiting, so make sure to stop by most of them when you’re in Jammu and Kashmir.

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