Salim Ali National Park

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Salim Ali National Park or City Forest National Park was a national park located in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. It covered an area of 9.07 km2.[1] Notified in 1986, the name of the park commemorated the Indian ornithologist Salim Ali.[2][3] The park was converted into the Royal Springs Golf Course, Srinagar between 1998 and 2001 by Farooq Abdullah, the then Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir.[2][4]

His interest in Golf is very well known and his popular name 'Farooq Daand' (meaning Bull in english) mesmerized him and encouraged him for the Golf course project next to Ecologically fragile Dal Lake.

The park featured a wildlife species such as the hangul, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan serow and 70 species of birds, including the paradise flycatcher, Himalayan monal, and Himalayan snowcock.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "Jammu and Kashmir National Parks". Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "J&K Govt slashes its way through national park for golf course". 15 September 1998. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  3. ^ Husain, Majid. Understanding: Geographical: Map Entries: for Civil Services Examinations: Second Edition. Tata McGraw-Hill. p. 4. ISBN 9780070702882.
  4. ^ Raina, Muzaffar (9 March 2008). "LoC home for vanishing goats". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 7 July 2013.