Wild-life in Kashmir
Kashmir is home to the highest, youngest & largest chain of mountains in the world – the Himalayan range. This mountain range is one of the most fascinating and spectacular natural wonders on earth. It is one of the richest stores of fauna and almost one third of the world’s mammalian species that may be termed the true, ,mountain animals are natives of these mountains.
Dal Lake is of course very popular for its Houseboats, Shikaras and promenades and it is undoubtedly a birdwatcher’s paradise. But very few know that the birds in this lake are very approachable. The kingfishers sit on the top of houseboats nonchalantly almost within the touching distance of humans who seem to be equally unmindful of the birds.
Jammu and Kashmir with its variety of geographical regions, climates and vegetation has many delights to offer the wildlife enthusiasts. Perhaps no animal better epitomises the character and concerns of the mountain environment than the snow leopard, a beautiful and elusive survivor from the frigid Pleistocene era.
Though its range is immense, extending over the entire Himalayan range, it is most advantageously sought in Jammu and Kashmir especially in the high ranges. Another rare animal is the hangul or Kashmiri stag, one of the most endangered species of red deer in the world.
The state offers immense opportunities for wildlife tourism. The immense heritage of wildlife in Kashmir comprises of more than 6 different valleys and Dachigam National Park in particular.