Kishtwar National Park – Kashmir is nothing less than a traveller’s true paradise. It got everything written in a traveller’s dream book, to offer to, ranging from snowcapped mountains to running waters and bountiful vegetation.
Kishtwar national park which is located in this paradise was truly a unique one owing to its topography, flora and fauna. Kishtwar National Park is located in the Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir.
It was bounded on four sides by Marwa River in the west, Great Himalayas in the east, Rinnay River in the north and Kabir nala catchment in the south.
Kishtwar National Park
Kishtwar National Park was spreaded across a vast area of 425.00km2. It is located at an altitude of 17, 00-4,800 meters above sea level. Here the nature of soil is mostly alluvial and alkaline. It is located in the central crystalline belt of Himalayas.
The whole area is dominated by Schist, Granite and gneiss rocks and occasionally one can find marble beds. It manly consists of narrow valleys and high ridges.
The climate in Kishtwar national park is truly a pleasant one. It is almost unaffected by Monsoons, because of its geographical position. Its temperature during summer season ranges from 35 to 11 degrees.
During winter i.e. in the months of December and January; this area is entirely covered by Snow and witnesses freezing temperatures of -7 to 13 degrees. The ideal moths to visit this place are during the months of March to October.
Due to great differences in its topography, a wide range of flora can be seen here. The most abundant vegetation here is Cedar and Blue Pine,. Besides those, other vegetation found here includes Dipascus Mitis, Desmodium Tiliaefolium, Juglans regia, Artemisia Vulgaris, Brachypodium spp, Quercus spp. Etc.
Initially this park was dedicated to the conservation of Snow Leopard, which is a dominant in this region. It was done so as to prevent them from getting extinct by preserving their habitat. Later because of rich fauna in this place it was declared as a national park in 1981. As of today it is a home to nearly 50 kinds of animal and bird species. The main attraction here is Snow Leopard and Himalayan Brown Bear. Other fauna includes Indian Muntijal, Long tailed Marmot, Markhoe, Langur, Asiatic Black Bear, Bharal, Musk deer, Rodentia Indian Gerbil, Hangul, Serotine Bat and Himalayan tahr etc.
Avifauna– This includes Indian Mynah, Griffar Vulture, Paradise Flycatcher, Himalayan Jungle crow, White cheeked bulbul, Bearded Vulture, Golden Eagle and Golden Oriole etc.
Trekking lovers do got many choices here to explore the beauty of nature. It offers a splendid and amazing experience for trekkers. Some of the famous trekking sites here are Wadwan, Cahtroo, Dacchan, Marwah and Paddar.
How to Reach
By Air- The nearest airport is Jammu Airport, which is just 250 km away from Kishtwar National Park.
By Rail- The nearest Railway station is in located in Jammu and it is 248 km away from Khistwar National Park.
By Road- Bus services are offered till Palmer region, which is located in northern Jammu. From here Khistwar National Park is located at a distance of 20 km and can reach there by private cabs.
The best option for accommodation is to check-in one of the hotels in Jammu.
Tourists can also opt for renting Boat houses over regular suits. That will provide an epic stay experience and for sure it won’t match the regular hotels. One can enjoy the pleasant climate of the river by staying in Boat houses.
Best Time to Visit
August, September and October are the best months to visit Khistwar National Park.
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