Location of Hygam Wetlands
Hygam Wetlands is situated in Baramulla District and it is 30 kilometres from Srinagar, the Capital City of Jammu and Kashmir.
Geography of Hygam Wetlands
Hygam Wetlands has the 1400 hectares of land. This area is dominated with extensive reed beds.
Drainage of Hygam Wetlands
Hygam Wetlands drains into Wular Lake of Jammu and Kashmir through Tarazoo. The main source of water is Nigle Nullah and Babakul.
Depth of Hygam Wetlands
The area of Hygam Wetlands is used by waterfowls. The depth is 1 to 25 meters as it is located on the flood plains of Jhelum River of Jammu and Kashmir.
Settlements near Hygam Wetlands
Hygam Wetlands has dense settlements and the people in this area are dependant on reed business and fishery. The extensive reed boats help to allow the passage of the boats between the areas of open waters.
Flora and Fauna in Hygam Wetlands
Hygam Wetlands is the rich belt of birds of local and migratory origin and the fishes of all types that are easily available in Jammu and Kashmir. Strips of willows species have been planted around the perimeters of wetlands of Hygam. Typha and Phragmites are the dominant species in this region. In the winter times, Hygam Wetlands is the homelands of migratory ducks particularly Ancer species. Hygam Wetlands is also the abode of geese, Shovellers, Red crested Pochards, White eyed Pochards, Common Teals, Egrts, wigeons, coots and Grey lags.
Hygam Wetlands as the Tourist Importance
Hygam Wetlands is most important for the national and international tourists for the rich source of natural beauty in the waters. The blue sky, blue waters and the snow capped mountains and the green colour soothe the tourists. Hygam Wetlands has the rich source of water lilies that allure one to have a photograph there. Hygam Wetlands is now a protected game sanctuary in Jammu and Kashmir.
The best time to visit is from June to March.
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