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Kishtwar National Park, Jammu & Kashmir

The Kishtwar National Park is located in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. It lies in the Doda district, some 40 km northeast of Kishtwar Town. The region was declared a National Park in the year 1981. The Kishtwar National Park has now been earmarked as one of the seven snow leopard reserves to conserve this specie.

The vegetation found is generally silver fir and spruce mixed with blue pine and cedar. In the lower areas of the park pure stands of cedar and blue pine is in abundance. The sub alpine zone allows the growth of silver fir and birch betula which makes the region look picturesque.

Animal life in this park is reportedly amongst the richest available. There are 14 different mammal species that can be seen at the Kishtwar National Park. The brown bear Ursus arctos, snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, hangul Cervus etc are some species that exist in the park. There are also 28 common species of birds which can be seen in the area.

The area has the potential to become a most sought-after tourist spot but there are no facilities at present. There are Forest Rest Houses in Ekhala and Sirshi. As for permanent settlements, there are only a 100 odd families who are normadic grazers in this region.

The best time to visit the park is between April and October. To get to the park you could travel by Air or rail to Jammu and catch a bus which would take you to Plamer, which is 20 km away.

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