Himalayan National Park Location :
60-km from Kullu
October To March
has got a protected area network of 32 wildlife sanctuaries and
2 national parks, which represent a myriad variety of life in the North Western
. The Great Himalayan National Park
is the largest
protected area in the state. Great
National Himalayan Park - Appreciating Nature :
park is an investment in the physical, metal and spiritual well being of
Indians as individuals and of Himachalis in particular. This gainful
investment in something as simple and fundamental as citizenship, love of
country and an appreciation of the natural and historic fabric of the Western
. Bounded on three sides by the perpetual snow of the
Himalayas, the westerly entrance to the park through the Tirthan Valley
leading up to the Pin Parvati Pass (5,800m) in the Great National
is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the
western Himalayas. The Wildlife
The secluded Sainj and Tirthan valleys
sanctuaries together enrich Himachal by their unparalleled splendour. Each
of these highlights a unique niche in the rich mosaic of our natural
heritage. And the common animals that abound this area include - the wild
mountain goats like the Bharal, Goral and Serow, the Brown Bear and
predators such as the Leopard, Tigers and the rarely seen Snow Leopard.
Varieties of colourful pheasants - Monal, Khalij Cheer, Tragopan and other
Himalayan birds are also part of its rich bird population.
Bringing out some added pleasure of seeing
wildlife in this spectacular natural environment is Trekking through the
Park to Rakte Sar, the origin of the Sainj River. Visitors can contact:
Director, National Park at Shamshi or Range Officer wildlife at Sainj or
Range Officer Wild Life at Sai Ropa, Banjar for assistance and guidance. The
Forests Department provides camping equipment and guides for tourists.
The best seasons for visiting the park are summer from April to June and
autumn from September to November. Visitation should be avoided during the
monsoon months of July to August and the winter season from December to
March. All in all Great National Himalayan Park is a true
wilderness, one of the few large natural areas remaining intact in this part
of the world.
Air: The airport at Bhuntar is 10-km from Kullu, where taxis and
buses are available for further access.
Rail: The closest
narrow gauge railhead is situated at Joginder Nagar, 95-kms from Kullu.
Road: By road, the distance from Delhi via Mandi is 530-kms
and from Shimla this is 240-kms. From Delhi and Shimla, luxury buses ply to
Kullu. There's a bus and taxi stand on the opposite side of maidan. The main
bus stand is by river in the northern area of the town.
There are guesthouse accommodations
available at Kullu. There are also 14 inspection huts within the park, but
prior permission is needed for occupying them. Transit accommodation is
available at Aut, Larji, Banjar Sainj, Sai-Ropa and Bathad.
Permission To The Park:
There are 14 inspection huts
within the park, but prior permission is needed for occupying them. Transit
accommodation is available at Aut, Larji, Banjar Sainj, Sai-Ropa and Bathad.