Nandini National Park

Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary

Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Ramnagar, Jammu District

Area:33.24 sq.kms

Uniqueness:The sanctuary derives its name from Nandini village. The region play hosts to a large number of rare and endangered species of mammals and birds. It supports 8 species of mammals and a wide variety of bird species. Much acclaim has been accorded to the Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for its diversity of wildlife and best known for wonderful species of pheasants.

Flora:The pristine beauty of these woods of fir and pine and the peaceful coexistence of these animals takes one’s breath away

Fauna:There are about eight mammal species in the area. The main species are leopard, wildboar, rhesus monkey, garal, grey langur etc.

Accessibility:Airport: Jammu (26 kms.), Railhead: Jammu (28 kms.), Road: Jammu/Srinagar ( 20/274 kms)

Accommodation:Check with wildlife warden

Season:Mammal viewing: September to March, Bird Viewing: March to May

Contact:The Regional Wildlife Warden Jammu Region , Near Jammu Ashok Hotel Manda (Ramnagar) , Jammu, (Jammu and Kashmir)

Overa – Aru Biosphere Reserve

Overa – Aru Biosphere Reserve

Location: Pahalgam District

Area:400 sq.kms

Uniqueness:It is famous for retaining several rare and endangered species like the hangul, musk deer, brown bear, leopard, koklas, monal and snow cock.

Flora: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, Viburnum spp., Sorbaria tomentosa etc. the ground cover is very rich and dicotyledonus herbs dominate, comprising of Rumex patientia, Primula spp., anemone spp., etc

Fauna:Nature has gifted this Biosphere Reserve with multiple species of rare, endangered and protected species. The main species are hangul, musk deer, serow, brown bear, Leopard, rhesus macaque, grey langur, Himalayan mouse hare, etc

Accessibility:Airport: Srinagar (87 kms.). Railhead: Jammu (280 kms.), Road: Srinagar (76 kms.) Anantnagh (40 kms.)

Accommodation:1 inspection hut…….. 2 bedrooms = 4 beds. Tourist and private accommodation readily available at Pahalgam. Camping site available.

Season:Mammal viewing: September to March (in lower areas). Bird viewing: March to May (in lower areas). Mammal/Bird viewing: May to August (in upper areas.)

Contact:The Chief Wildlife Warden, Jammu & Kashmir State, Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar 190001, (Kashmir.)

Overa Wildlife Sanctuary

Overa Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Pahalgam District

Area:32.27 sq.kms.

Uniqueness:The area is home to a number of rare,threatend and protected species of birds and mammals.It sustains 13 species of mammals and over 80 species of birds.It has acquired an outstanding position for its varied and magnificent species of pheasants.

Flora:The Overa Willife Sanctuary is richly covered with a variety of floral complexes which comprise mainly of conifers; the principal species being Pinus griffithii,Abies pindrow,aesculus indica,Morus alba, Juglans regia, etc.Major shrub associates are Indigofera heterantha, Desmodium tiliaefolium, Isdon spp., etc, while the main ground layer is dominated by dicotlydonous herbs comprising of Taraxacum officinale, Artemisia vulgaris, Anemone spp., Primula spp., etc.

Fauna:The area as distinct from the other wildlife reserves of the valley holds a rich assemblage of pheasants like the chukar, koklas, monal and Himalayan snow cock.Other avifauna include the jungle crow, red billed chough, griffon vulture, bearded vulture, Himalayan whistling thrush, rufous-backed shrike, Indian mynah, etc.

Accessibility:Airport: Srinagar (87 kms.), Railhead: Jammu (280 kms.), Road: Srinagar (76 kms.), Anantnagh (40 kms.), Pahalgam (11 kms.)

Accommodation:1 inspection hut……… 2 bedrooms = 4 beds.

Season:Mammal viewing: September to April, Bird viewing: March to August

Contact:The Chief Wildlife Warden, Jammu & Kashmir State, Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar 190001, (Kashmir.)

Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Jammu District

Area:31.50 sqkms

Uniqueness:The area sustains 8 mammal species including nilgai and barking deer and 15 species of birds.

Flora:Rare species of plants and herbs found only in the Himalayan region.

Fauna:This area sustains more than eight mammal species , the most common being nilgai, barking deer, wild boar, rhesus monkey etc.

Accessibility:Airport: Jammu (8 Kms), Railhead: Jammu (6 Kms)

Accommodation:1 Inspection hut = 2bedrooms= 4beds

Season:Mammal viewing: September to March, Bird Viewing: March to May

Contact:The Regional Wildlife Warden Jammu Region, Near Jammu Ashok Hotel Manda (Ramnagar), Jammu, (Jammu and Kashmir)

Surinsar Mansar Wildlife Sanctuary

Surinsar Mansar Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Jammu District

Area:97.82 Kms

Uniqueness:Named for the two lakes on each corner of it, this sanctuary comprises an area of 98 sq.km and supports a mammal population of 8 species and 15 species of birds.

Flora:The mixed scrub forest comprises mainly of broad leaved species which are mixed with stands of Pinus gerardiana. The common broad leaved species are Acacia spp., Mallotus phillipensis, dalbergia sissii, ficus religiosa, bahunia variegata.

Fauna:There are eight species viz., Goral, wild boar, barking deer, leopard

Accessibility:Airport: Jammu (58 Kms), Railhead: Jammu (56 Kms), Road: Jammu (42 Kms)

Accommodation:Check with Regional wildlife warden.

Season:Mammal viewing: September to March, Bird Viewing: March to May

Contact:The Regional Wildlife Warden Jammu Region, Near Jammu Ashok Hotel Manda (Ramnagar),Jammu, (Jammu and Kashmir)

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