Salim Ali National Park also called as City Forest National Park(in earlier times) is located in Jammu and Kashmir in India. It extents in 9.07 km² area and is positioned in the closeness of Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
In adjacent contiguity, it is situated at an expanse of 12 kilometers from the Airport of Srinagar.In the memory of Salim Moizuddin Abdul Ali, the renowned Indian Birdwatcher and Naturalist, this Park is called Salim Ali National Park and was acknowledged as a National Park in 1992.
In and Around
Bird Watching is the main delight in Salim Ali National Park.
Vehicles are not allowed inside the sanctuary. The best way to explore the place in on foot, where it is compulsory to take along a guide. Moreover the guide will also help increase your knowledge and identify the hundreds of species of flora and fauna.
Bhoothathankettu and Edamalayar
A short drive from the sanctuary will take you to this popular picnic spot. A dam and a children’s park are major attractions of this place.
Other attractions in the area include the Animal Rehab Centre, a place for the rehabilitation of wounded or stray animals, the Deer Park, which has Sambar and deer species in open enclosures and the Taxidermic Museum, which provides rich info about the denizens of Thattekkad. The timings for these attractions are 8AM to 6PM.
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.
How to Reach
Srinagar is the closest airport to Sonamarg; it is at a distance of 80 km. Srinagar is air linked to Delhi by consistent flights. Taxis are accessible from the airport to Sonamarg for a charge of about Rs 1000.
Srinagar (80km) is the closest main railway station. Taxis or buses are available on railway station to reach Sonamarg. Taxi charge is around Rs. 1000.
Sonamarg is well linked through Jammu and Kashmir state preserved road transport corporation buses. It is joined to Jammu (370km) and Srinagar (80km) via buses. Superior deluxe buses are obtainable too from Jammu and Srinagar to Sonamarg.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
One can get ample good lodges and hotels in Jammu and Kashmir as per the different budgets and needs.
Hotel Glacier Heights
Main Market, Sonmarg,, Ganderbal,
Jammu and Kashmir 191202
Mountain Greens Camping
Srinagar Leh National Higway (NH 1D),
Before Main Market,, Sonamarg,
Jammu and Kashmir 191203