Kishtwar National park is situated near by Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir. It covers an area of 400 sq km, declared as national park in 1981.Located with an altitude of 1700-4800 meters; it is an ideal destination for exploring the natural vegetation in Jammu and Kashmir. The park is surrounded with several water bodies; in the north Rinna river, South is covered by Kibar nala, East with Himalayan and west by the Marwa river, proves the fact that it is the paradise of the earth.
Because of diverse altitude, topography and climate, the park has variety of forests. Pinus gerardiana, Cedrus deodara, Quercus spp., Pinus wallichiana, Juglans regia, Ulmus spp etc. are the major natural vegetation. The main shrubs include Viburnum spp., Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana, Rosa spp., and Desmodium tiliaefolium. There are other medical plants grow in the park such as Brachypodium spp., Primula spp., Dipsacus mitis, Brachypodium spp., Anemone spp., Artemisia vulgaris, etc.
Kishtwar national park is the perfect location for exploring the Jewel of the jungle which includes more than 14 species of mammals for instance brown bear Ursus arctos, leopard Panthera pardus, snow leopard P. uncia, Himalayan musk deer Moschus chrysogaster, hangul Cervus elaphus hanglu and ibex Capra ibex sibirica. Besides them wild boar Sus scrofa, Indian muntjac Muntiacus muntjac, serow Capricornis sumatraensis, Himalayan tahr Hemitragus jemlahicus, bharal Pseudois nayaur and possibly markhor Capra falconeriar are other animals that you can found here. Even it is the largest home for the brown bear.
Now a day the park emerges as the perfect location for birds watching. It provides shelter to many rare as well as migratory birds such jungle crow, bearded vulture, griffon vulture, paradise flycatcher, golden oriole, white cheeked bulbul and Indian Mynah.