Dachigam National Park is located 21 km North-East from Srinagar. The name literally stands for 'ten villages', which could be in memory of the ten villages that were relocated in order to create the park. A protected area since 1910, it was declared as a national park in 1981.
The park is best known as the home of the Hangul, or Kashmir stag.
Black Bear are visible in the lower reaches from spring to autumn and hibernate in winter. Long-Tailed Marmots are very conspicuous during summer in the upper reaches. Other wildlife includes Leopard, Common Palm Civet, Jackal, Red Fox, Yellow-throated Marten and Himalayan Weasel. Over 145 different bird species including the Lammergeier, colourful species like Monal Pheasant and Blue Magpie are seen.
The National Park occupies almost half of the catchment zone of the famous Dal Lake and still plays a crucial role is supplying clean drinking water to the inhabitants of Srinagar.