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Nazir Malik, 56, is a wildlife guard in the Dachigam National Park in Kashmir

Nazir Malik, 56, is a wildlife guard in the Dachigam National Park in Kashmir

Nazir Malik, 56, is a wildlife guard in the Dachigam National Park in Kashmir

From the first moment, Nazir Malik's love for nature is clear.

Wearing persimmon from head to toe, the 56-year-old anime takes me on a tour of the Dachigam National Park, which is near Srinagar, in the Indian state of Kashmir, an area where tourists are advised not to travel with the FCO . due to the ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan.

& # 39; If there is a heaven on the face of the earth, then it is here! & # 39; the bells of the wildlife guard, armed with a smile, binoculars and a keen sense of hearing.

Suddenly, he stops to listen to the sound of a bush warbler that sings from the exuberant brush.

In addition to being able to identify more than 250 birds according to their song, Nazir can also name 1,000 species of plants in the area.

It's 7 in the morning, but the naturist, who prefers to be called "junglist", has already spent several hours.

Usually, it gets up at 4:30 am to see black bears from the Himalayas as they roam the slopes before walking 22 km to track more wildlife.

"I can climb any mountain, but I can not cross a road full of traffic," Nazir says with a smile as he leads me up a steep stairway that leads to a piece of forest.

We reach the top of the stairs and go out into a clearing, which feels a bit like a piece of heaven on earth.

The sun shines through long grasses, and the green slopes collide to form shady valleys. Nothing but the sound of birdsong and the rustle of the leaves pervades the silence.

Nazir can identify more than 250 birds according to their song and name 1,000 plants

Nazir can identify more than 250 birds according to their song and name 1,000 plants

Nazir can identify more than 250 birds according to their song and name 1,000 plants

Dachigam is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including musk deer, leopards, jackals, otters and pygmy piglets. The species are still being discovered and Nazir even found a new type of cicada a few years ago

Dachigam is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including musk deer, leopards, jackals, otters and pygmy piglets. The species are still being discovered and Nazir even found a new type of cicada a few years ago

Dachigam is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including musk deer, leopards, jackals, otters and pygmy piglets. The species are still being discovered and Nazir even found a new type of cicada a few years ago

Nazir looks through his binoculars to see if there are bears, but it seems that they have finished their breakfast parade, during which they comb the land in search of fruits and roots.

The Kashmiri reveals that he undertook his first walk when he was around 10 years old and from there he developed a love for the natural world.

He continues: "Nature is the best teacher, it is the creation of almighty."

In addition to being a custodian of the Dachigam National Park, it regularly takes visitors on tours and helps scientists with their work.

Most recently, he worked with a National Geographic camera team to capture some of the bugs up close.

Dachigam is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including musk deer, leopards, jackals, otters and pygmy piglets. The species are still being discovered and Nazir even found a new type of cicada a few years ago

Nazir usually gets up at 4:30 a.m. to see the black bears of the Himalayas as they roam the slopes before walking 22 km to track more wildlife

Nazir usually gets up at 4:30 a.m. to see the black bears of the Himalayas as they roam the slopes before walking 22 km to track more wildlife

Nazir usually gets up at 4:30 a.m. to see the black bears of the Himalayas as they roam the slopes before walking 22 km to track more wildlife

The father of two children made his first walk when he was around 10 years old and from there he developed a love for the natural world

The father of two children made his first walk when he was around 10 years old and from there he developed a love for the natural world

The father of two children made his first walk when he was around 10 years old and from there he developed a love for the natural world

I ask Nazir what his favorite animal is and it is clearly a difficult question.

After stopping to think for a moment and look up at the blue sky above, he suddenly replies: "The black bear!

"They are a very good model for the jungle." They eat fruit and help germinate seeds with their droppings.

"They also clean the branches of the trees when they go up, which allows light to enter the forest floor."

So, has Nazir had a run-in with the black bear, who is notorious for being aggressive when he's startled?

The black bear of the Himalayas is the favorite animal of Nazir and says that they are a "good model for the jungle", since they help to germinate the seeds with their excrements.

The black bear of the Himalayas is the favorite animal of Nazir and says that they are a "good model for the jungle", since they help to germinate the seeds with their excrements.

The black bear of the Himalayas is the favorite animal of Nazir and says that they are a "good model for the jungle", since they help to germinate the seeds with their excrements.

"They often come close to me," he reflects, "but they have a look and then they leave." It's about respect. "

While Nazir spends most of his time in the park, a job that says he keeps him "young", he has a wife and children at home.

He says he often takes his son for a walk and tries to impart his knowledge as best he can.

The current goal of the father of two is to educate the villagers even more about the importance of the national park and establish awareness programs for schools.

With the fiery heat of the day coming and my time up, Nazir concludes: "I am optimistic about the young generation, they are putting more effort into protecting the world.

& # 39; This is a special place. There is still much to discover in the Himalayas. "

TRAVEL FACTS

MailOnline Travel visited the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir with the tour operator World Expeditions, which has successfully made trips to the area for more than 20 years.

His 17-day tour – Where two worlds meet – Travel to Ladakh and Kashmir with Garry Weare – has a current price of £ 2,366 with a game of September 8.

Flights from London to Delhi can be booked through Air India for around £ 400 with connections to Srinagar offered by GoAir.

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