Dachigam National Park, situated 22 kilometers from Srinagar—the capital city of the state of Jammu and Kashmir; sprawls across a whooping area of 141 square kilometers. Literally translating to "ten villages", Dachigam lures wild life enthusiasts with its legendary tales of the ten villages that existed there (once upon a time ); a rich collection of flora and fauna and many other natural bounties. Serving as a protected and reserved area since 1910, this park was earlier under the management of the Maharaja of the state. However, it is now under the direct supervision of the Government of India and is maintained by relevant authorities.
It is said that the areas of Dachigam were established to ensure consistent clean water to the citizen of Srinagar. Declared as a major National Park in 1981, Dachigam National park lures wild life enthusiasts and tourists to the Zabarwan Range, tucked away in the western Himalayas. Ranging in elevation from 5500 ft to 14000 ft, the uneven regions of the Park are marked by gently sloping grasslands, bare rock mountains, crevices, sharp cliffs and rocky outcrops.