The Great Himalayan National Park

The Great Himalayan National Park

Are you planning a trip to Himachal Pradesh? Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, this state becomes a paradise with the dense forests of blue pine, mountain meadows, snow-capped mountains, sun-kissed landscapes and the crystal clear waters of rivers. This state houses many sanctuaries and national parks. 'The Great Himalayan National Park', as the name suggests is a national park that has contributed much to the development of Himachal Pradesh tourism.

This national park also known as the Jawaharlal Nehru Great Himalayan National Park is the home of many wild animals, birds and forests. Located in the upper ranges of the Himalayas, this region was declared as a national park in 1984 in order to save the wildlife species of this region.

The wildlife species are protected under strict guidelines of Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Thanks to the Act; the park can now boast of more than 375 fauna species. So anyone interested in hunting will definitely be disheartened.

Himalayan Thar
The Great Himalayan National Park

Location and area:

The park is situated in the Kullu region in Himachal Pradesh in the northern India. The park sprawls over 765 sq km. because of its pristine location the park looks incredibly beautiful.

Some interesting facts:

It will be very interesting to know that a big part of The Great Himalayan National Park remains always under ice and glaciers. It is also one of the last undisturbed and unspoilt Western Himalayan Ecosystems.

Main Attractions:

Probably the only way to explore the hidden treasures of this park is by walking. While walking you can view the faunal species that includes 181 birds, 9 amphibians, 11 annelids, 127 insects, 17 mollusks, 31 mammals and 3 reptiles. You will find Blue Sheep, Himalayan Brown Beer, Himalayan Tahr, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Serow, Barking Deer, Goral, Rhesus Macaque, Common Leopard, Himalyan Black Beer, Langur, Gray Shrew, Indian Pika, House Mouse, Red Fox, Royle's Mountain Vole and many more.

Pheasants (or Galliforms),White-crested Kaleej, Monal Pheasant, Koklas, Western Tragopan, Cheer Pheasant and shore birds, parakeets, owls, pigeons, cuckoos, etc. are the birds commonly found in this park.

Insects like long-horn beetle, stag-beetle, ladybird- beetle, bees and wasps, butterflies and beetles like worms, tiger-beetle, dragonflies and many more can also be found.

When to go there?

The best time to visit the park is during the months of April to June, that is early summer and September to November, that is Autumn. During the rest of the year, heavy rainfall and landslides can block the roads. By any means you shouldn't travel during the months of July and August.

You can visit the park between sunrise and sunset. Tickets are available. So better buy tickets and hire a guide.

How to get there?

The nearest airport is at Bhuntar which is just 10 km away from Kullu. The nearest railhead is at Jogindernagar which is 95 km from Kullu.

You can also travel by road through the Kullu-Manali highway. Then take the eastern divergence at Aut on the Kullu- Manali highway. Finally you have to travel to Largi from Aut and from there two routes lead to the park.

Where to stay?

Even if you are a person with a tight budget, accommodation wouldn't be a problem for you. The Forest Rest Houses charge very low and you might be required to bring your own bedding.

If you are more into luxury, you can reside in the good hotels or resorts in Kullu and make a one-day trip to The Great Himalayan National Park.

Some tips:

  • Before starting off your journey, you should be physically fit. So you should consult the doctor and take all the necessities.
  • Wear study pair of boots and carry a set of warm clothes.
  • Remember that you are visiting an important place. so you shouldn't disturb the local culture and the particular ambience within the park.
  • If you are travelling alone, then you should take a local person or a guide.
  • There are many tour operators who conduct tours to the national park. If needed you can book a tour with them.

So go and enjoy the beauty, variety and the biological richness of The Great Himalayan National Park. This trip would be one of the most interesting chapters in your life.