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Located in the Kishtwar district, this park is on a plateau above the Chenab river. What is really interesting to know about this place is that even saffron is grown here, however for a limited amount of time only. This national park covers an area of around 400 sq.km. And did you know that Kishtwat National Park also has a very wide variety of flora and fauna with about 15 species of different variety of mammals inclusive of the musk deer, along with the Himalayan black and brown bear? Thus, for any nature lover, this place comes across as really a must-visit place. 

History of Kishtwar National Park

Being located amid the deep valleys and the herculean mountains the major reason for tourists to visit Kishtwar National Park is its virgin beauty. Even though historically, this town dates back to several centuries in the past, it has successfully gained a lot of traction amongst the local tourists. Apparently, there are many records that have been mentioned in the historical texts such as Rajatarangini - a Sanskrit text which was written somewhere in the 12th century. 

Why You Should Visit Kishtwar National Park

There is apparently no reason to not visit this immensely beautiful place which is just so full of nature’s beauty. Kishtwar National Park is really the kind of place where you get to see some terrific abundance of flora and fauna. For example, here you will find about 50 species of birds along with a great number of animals to explore and know the vast and diverse life which our planet has.  

Also Read: Declared a national park in the year 1981

Top Attractions of Kishtwar National Park

Pensi La. This tourist destination is located at an altitude of 4200m. Pensi La is a famous tourist attraction around Kishtwar National Park and is quite famous for being the gateway to the Suru Valley to Zanskar Valley. The floral variety of this place is such that here you will be finding a plethora of medicinal plants. No doubt this place is no less than a heaven for explorers and wildlife photographers. 

Drang Drung Glacier. The Drang Drung glacier is specifically known for being one of the most picturesque places to travel in India. When you visit this place you get to know that there is just so much you didn’t know about life and travel and that your idea of beauty is far too less. It is precisely where the shift of perspective happens opening up a whole new dimension for you.  

Daksum. If you are looking for a picnic spot then this is the kind of place which you must absolutely visit with your loved ones. It is situated at a great altitude of 2400 meters. Moreover, it is also quite famous as a trekking spot among travelers and adventure seekers.

Places to Visit Around Kishtwar National Park

Visit Suru Valley. The Suru Valley is known for its amazing lush greenery. And it is also a very famous trekking destination among adventure seekers. Some of the most popular tourist attractions of this place include the Phokar rock carvings, Suru river, Panikhar villages. Read More

Visit Panikhar. Located at the very far end of the Suru valley, this place is quite famous for the presence of a ruined fort which was constructed by Zorawar Singh. From this place, you can get some of the most amazing views of the Nun Kun mountains. 

Best Time to Visit Kishtwar National Park

The best time to visit Kishtwar National Park is from March to October. During this time the overall climate is quite good for sightseeing. 

How to Reach Kishtwar National Park

By Air. The nearest airport is located in Jammu which is around 250 km away from the park. This airport has very good connectivity with nearby and major Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, Kolkata, etc. So, from here you would need to get a cab or some other means of transportation to reach your destination to further cover a distance of about 220 km.

By Road. The overall connectivity via road is not that good. The road is properly only made till Ikhala and from there you can avail the bus services which are available there. 

By Train. The nearest railway station is Jammu station located at a distance of around 200-220 km from Kishtwar National Park. It has very good connectivity from nearby and major cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, etc. Some good options are Jhelum Express, Jammu Tawi Rajdhani Express, Udhampur AC Express. From there you would need to get a cab or some other means of transportation to reach your destination.

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