Kishtwar National Park, is located in the district of Doda and is about 40 kilometers from the Kishtwar town. This national park is surrounded by Rinnay River in the north, Kibar Nala catchments in the southern part, the Great Himalaya in the east and Marwa River in the west. It is located at the high altitude of 1,700 meters to 4,800 meters. You can go trekking along the paths of the Kishtwar National Park, Jammu and Kashmir. Enjoy the natural beauty and breathtaking scenic beauty in this national park.
Wide range of floras and faunas are available at the Kishtwar National Park, Jammu and Kashmir. Apart from them, other major attractions of this park are the cascading waterfalls, trekking paths and the Sapphire Mines of Paddar. Kishtwar National Park was established on 4 February 1981. It covers a total area of 42,500 hectares. There are narrow valleys and high ridges that make the topography of Kishtwar National Park, Jammu and Kashmir. It can be sited at the central crystalline belt of the Great Himalaya. You can find bed of granite, gneiss, schist and marble.
Kishtwar National Park, Jammu and Kashmir experiences very cold sand chilly weather during winters. Snowfalls occur during December and January. Monsoon is very low in this national park. You can find floras of various categories in this national park. You can find cedar and blue pine in abundance. Temperate deciduous forest also grows rhododendron, a wonderful flower.
You can find diverse varieties of faunas in Kishtwar National Park, Jammu and Kashmir, which are seen roaming in their natural habitat. Some of the wild animals, which are available in this national park, are brown bear, leopard, snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, hangul, ibex, serow, brown bear and others. There are some 14 species of mammals present in this national park. There are 28 species of avifauna that enliven the whole forested area. Some of them include pheasants, Himalayan monal, koklass, Himalayan snowcock and western tragopan.
The nearest airport and the railhead to this Kishtwar National Park, Jammu and Kashmir is Jammu. The roadways also connect this national park to other parts of the country.
Kishtwar is sited on a plateau above the Chenab River and below the Nagin Sheer glacier. It is noted for the fine saffron grown in the area and for the many waterfalls close by.
A fall only 3-km from the town drops over 700m in a series of cascades. The Falls are a marvelous sight, visible even from the town. Saffron, a very colourful sight in spring and summer, grows only in a limited area and the cultivation and harvesting is accompanied by merry festivals and ceremonies.
The pilgrimage site of Sarthal Devi, with its 18-armed goddess statue, is 19 km from the town. Kishtwar also has the tombs of two important Muslim saints.
Sapphire Mines Of Paddar
Situated 115-km beyond Kishtwar at an altitude of over 4,000 metres, are the blue sapphire mines of Paddar. There is a road leading up to this area from Kishtwar. Sapphire mines were only discovered in the 1880s and have been worked only intermittently since this time because of the difficult terrain and unscientific mining techniques. Now the mines are open regularly and are more productive.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: The nearest airport is situated in Jammu (250-km).
Rail: The nearest railhead is situated in Jammu (248-km).
Road: The road is constructed upto Ikhala, but bus services are only operated up to Plamer, which is 20-km away, in the north of Kishtwar.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
March to May is the time where visitors can witness migratory birds specially. The rest of the time except for monsoons is favorable to visit the park.