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Salim Ali National Park

This is also known as the City Forest National Park and is situated in Srinagar with wildlife species like Monal, Hangul, Serow and Snow Cock. The park is spread over an area of 9.07 sq km and can be easily reached from Srinagar and J&K.


This park has been named after the famous Indian Bird watcher and Naturalist named Salim Moizuddin Abdul Ali and was acknowledged as a national park in 1992. The name of this park honors and memorizes Salim Ali, the ornithologist and was notified in 1986. The park was also converted into a gold course named Royal Spring Gold Course from 1998 to 2001 by the then Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooz Abdullah.

Topography of Salim Ali National Park

The time zone of this national park is IST (UTC +05:30).

Flora in Salim Ali National Park

The Mangrove Shrubbery is what forms the flora of the Salim Ali National Park. Talking about the present fauna in the park, this is a paradise for the bird watchers and many different birds of diverse species can be spotted in this national park. With the onset of winters, the number of birds increases as the migratory birds also make their way to this national park. Once the weather is pleasant, birds like Pintails, Kingfisher and Coots can be seen in plenty at Salim Ali National Park and also flying foxes, jackals and crocodiles can also be spotted over here.


This national park is home to the endangered species of Kashmiri Amtelope. The other animals seen in this national park are Chakkar, Snow Cock, Monal and Serow. With the joint efforts of the national park, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Wildlife Fund for Nature have been successful in getting more endangered species in the garden. This project was also started to save the declining population of the Kashmiri Stag.

Prime Attraction

The prime attractions in this national park are the endangered species of animals that can be found in the vicinity. Kashmiri stags can be spotted for which this park was formed as an effort to conserve and preserve the endangered species. Apart from the scenic beauty and the perfect weather, the park also showcases some other animals which add to visitors’ joy. The tourists can enjoy the serene and tranquil locations of Jammu and Kashmir while the national park gives them a glimpse of rare flora and fauna.

How to Reach

By Air

The closest airport to Sonmarg is in Srinagar, at a distance of 80 km. Srinagar is connected with Delhi and Mumbai with consistent flights and to reach Sonmarg, one can get taxis from the airport.

By Rail

Not only the airport, Srinagar is also the closest rail station, taxis and buses can be boarded from Srinagar to reach Sonmarg.

By Road

The roads from Jammu and Kashmir are well linked to Sonmarg and state transport buses are available. The distance to Jammu is 370 km and to Srinagar, it is 80 km. Deluxe buses can also be taken from Jammu and Srinagar to go to Sonmarg.

Where to Stay

One can get ample good lodges and hotels in Jammu and Kashmir as per the different budgets and needs.

Best Time to Visit

The climate and weather is cool throughout the year but the months from April to November are the months when most of the tourist crowd is observed in the national park.

Visitor Information

Bird watching is the main attraction and delight at Salim Ali National Park.

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