Machiara National Park
Machiara National Park is one of the three significant national parks in the world chosen for Global Environmental Facility sponsored project. It is situated in The Neelum Valley of Azad Kashmir in Pakistan. It covers an area of 13593 hectares. The region was declared a National Park in 1996 to save the vegetation (the mixed broad leaf coniferous forest) and wildlife of the area.
The most endangered specie of the area is the Western Tragopan Pheasant. The park provides a breeding ground to the birds whose number was fast dwindling in the past. The Himalayan griffon vulture and lammergeyer (large vulture) are also found here. The park also provides sanctuary to the Himalayan Brown Bear, Ibex and Snow Leopard.
The local community is very protective towards the past and is trying its utmost to save the threatened animals as well as their natural habitat. Machiara National Park is ideally located in one of the most beautiful valleys in the world. Kashmir valley is blessed by nature in this regard. In simpler words it means maintaining the beautiful green look of Machiara National Park in Kashmir valley is easier because of the the fact that this valley is by nature covered with visible attractive flora. This national park adds to the attraction of this valley for the visiting tourists.
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