Southwest Of Srinagar, Kashmir Region, J&K
Coverage Area: 180-sq-kms
Main Attraction: Musk Deer
Best Time To Visit: Mammal Viewing - September To March
Bird Viewing - March To May
The reserve area is located at a distance of 48-km from Srinagar
, to its southwest. It is famous for retaining several rare and
endangered species such as the musk deer, and a
rich and varied avifauna
The area holds a rich cover of vegetation, the dominant forest
consisting of conifers, which account for over 90%. The
principal species are Cedrus Deodara, Pinus Griffithii, Abies
Pindrow, Aesculus Indica, etc. The major shrubs are Indigofera
Heterantha, , Sorbaria Tomentosa, etc. The ground cover over
here is also very rich and Dicotyledonus herbs dominate the
area, comprising of Rumex Patientia, etc.
Nature has gifted this Biosphere Reserve with multiple species
of rare, endangered and protected species. The main species
found over here are Hangul, Musk Deer, Serow, Brown Bear,
Leopard, Black Bear and Red Fox, etc.
The area houses a good population of pheasants and upland birds
apart from other species, both resident and migratory. The
common birds are Griffon Vulture, Monal, Snow Cock, Koklas, Blue
Rock Pigeon, Kashmir Roller, European Hoopoe, Jungle Crow, etc.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Nearest airport is Srinagar (57-km).
Rail: Nearest railhead is Jammu (342-km).
Road: Regular buses ply from Srinagar, which is 48-km away from
the reserve area