Dachigam National Park is located in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir India and is about 141 sq km in area, its name literally means “Ten Villagers” because it was named after the ten villagers who were relocated from the area to form the park.
The park has a lot of history and was originally under the care of the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir in 1910, and now under the care of government authorities, initially it was created as a source for clean drinking water for Srinagar but later it was declared a National Park in 1981.
It is location is set at the base of the magnificent western Himalayas keeping it at an altitude of about 5500 ft to 14000 ft above sea level.
Dachigam National Park consists of some of the most scenic natural beauty present on earth with its gently sloping grasslands and Rocky outcrops and cliffs. Being located in the mountainous area the flora of the area consists of broad leaf species of plants and trees which is typical of a coniferous forest. The park which is rich in grasslands and meadows are covered with bright flowers except during the harsh winters of the area. The park is extremely rich in Wild Cherry, Pear, Plum, Peach, Apple, Apricot, Walnut, Chestnut, Oak, Willow, Poplar, Chinar and Birch. Some of the wild inhabitants of the area include the Hangul (Kashmir Stag), Musk deer, Brown Bear, Leopards, Jungle Cats and the Himalayan black bear. And some of the bird species include Black Bulbuls, Cinnamon sparrows, Himalayan Monals and the Kashmir Flycatcher.