The great Himalayas have always been a fascination for people around the world
and the Great Himalayan National Park is no different. Situated in the Kullu
district of Himachal Pradesh, the biodiversity of the park has made it a perfect
habitat for some of the most exotic species of flora and fauna found anywhere in
the world. The park and the area around offers a plethora of options for the
tourists including bird watching, wildlife viewing, religious pilgrimage,
cultural tours etc. The park also has several tourist facilities in the shape of
a tourist centre at Sai Ropa and an information centre at Larjee. While the park
remains open throughout the year, the months of April & May is the best time to
visit as during that time the snow melts and the conditions are ideal for
walking and trekking. Winter is the only time when you stand an excellent chance
to spot rare animals like the Nilgiri Tahr and the Snow Leopard in the lower
reaches of the park.
Reasons to visit
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The Great Himalayan National Park is home to more than 350
species of fauna including 31 mammals, 203 birds, 3 reptiles, 9 amphibians and
127 insects. Besides the rarely seen Tahr and the highly endangered Snow
Leopard, other animals which can be spotted around in the park include Serow,
Ghoral, Bharal, Brown Bear, Musk Deer and Red Fox. If you hear a roar you might
have come across a leopard or the highly endangered and very rarely seen Snow
Leopard, even though these white creatures can not give a loud growl because of
their weak vocal tissues.
Most of the areas of the park have remained unexplored
because of the sheer difficulty of the train, which lend the place a unique
thrill and rawness that few other parks in the country can offer. Trekking in
the park is no easy task and requires a person to be in shape. It is better to
do some prior preparation in the form of things to carry, which include basic
trekking equipment such as tents, sleeping bags etc.
The park vegetation is a diverse mix of Ban Oak Forest,
Moist Deodar Forest, Western Mixed Coniferous Forest, Moist Temperate Deciduous
Forest, Himalayan Alpine Pastures, and Rhododendron Scrub Forest. The area below
2,000 metres is dominated by blue pine (pinus wallichiana), and higher up by a
broad broadleaved forest on sloping areas and fir (Abies pindrow) on the steep
areas. Other vegetations are oak, blue pine, cedar (Cedrus), deodar, bamboo
Arundaria spathiflora, Iris, Frittilaria, Gagea, Primula, and Taxus Baccata.
The park has good wild population, especially of avifauna. The park has largest
remaining population of Himalayan Tahr in Himachal Pradesh. Major wildlife
species found in the park are Snow Leopard, musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Ibex, Wolf,
Leopard, Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta), common langur (Presbytis entellus),
Himalayan black bear, goral, muntjac, and serow.
Kullu is a beautiful valley set amidst the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, famous
for its annual Dussehra festival, handicrafts, and ancient temples. It is also
nearest important town to the park at a distance of around 60 km.