In Kashmir’s Himalayan Valley is one of the most important wetlands in Asia, Hokersar Wetland. This marvellous spread of marshes and forests is one of the best places to go if you happen to be in Srinagar and want to see the avian wildlife in the area at its best, for it plays host to far more birds than nearby Dachigam. In fact, records of the number of birds coming to visit the wetland have seen figures of 6 to 7 lakh in a single year, mostly concentrated during the months of October to March. A lakh translates 100,000, which shows you just how remarkable this is, especially for an area that is considerably compact now, with estimates saying it has only about 6 or so square kilometres of prime wetland.
The Hokersar Wetland is merely one of the wetlands in the Kashmir, but it is inarguably one of the most important wetlands here. [Read more…]