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Great Himalayan National Park

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Ideal Time: 3-4 hrs

Timings:

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Entry Fee:

Indian Nationals: INR 50,
Foreign Nationals: INR 200,
Indian Students: INR 30,
Foreign Students: INR 100
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Great Himalayan National Park, Kullu Overview

Great Himalayan National Park is one of India's national parks, which is located in Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded on all the three sides by the Himalayan Mountains, the park is home to diverse wildlife species. The Great Himalayan National Park received the status of a national park in 1999. At present, it is home to more than 375 species of fauna, 31 species of mammals and 181 species of birds. This beautiful location of the national park becomes all the more attractive due to the Deodar and Oak trees.

The secluded location of the park has made sure that the villages inside the park have a culture of their own. Every village inside has a deity of its own. There are also some fairs organized here during April, May, August, and September. The Great Himalayan National Park is an amazing place to relax and unwind at away from the fast life of the city. It is a must-visit for all the nature lovers out there.

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You need to obtain a permit to visit the Great Himalayan National Park. The permits for the core zone of the park can be obtained at the Shamshi head office and the range offices at Ropa in Sainj Valley and Shairopa in Tirthan Valley.

The park provides trekking facility to the visitors for which the Kullu Valley is the starting point. There are different levels provided for trekking ranging from easy to moderate hikes, moderate to tough and strenuous treks. Moderate day-long treks to difficult multi-day treks are organized on all the four valleys of the park including Tirthan, Jwar Nala, Parvati and Sainj. It is compulsory for the tourists to seek prior permission from the park officials for treks held at different days.

Multi-day trekking requires adequate preparation, physical training, good health, and stamina since it follows up and down tracks. The cold weather is unexpected which is why trekkers are advised to wear proper outfitting. 

Seasonal Activities
Apart from trekking, there are some other seasonal activities worth enjoying in the park. Bird-watching can be done from April to May and then from October to November; trout fishing can be carried out from April to June and then from October to December and pheasant watching from October to May. One can also put their tents out in the open and enjoy under the stars from April to June and September to November.

Ecozone Activities
Rock climbing, river crossing and abseiling are present in the ecozone of the Great Himalayan National Park which can be enjoyed from March to May and then from September to November. The tourists can talk to the villagers and understand their daily routines by helping them out in their chores such as weaving, farming, basket-making and cooking. There are some local fairs organised too wherein one can participate along with the locals. You can also go around, and stroll around the villages, admire the architecture of the houses there made up of wood and all the local material.

The ideal time to visit the Great Himalayan National Park is during the summer season, i.e. from April to June and winter season, i.e. from December to February. Summers are bright and pleasant and a great time to go trekking in the park. Winters are chilly and also experience heavy snowfall. Lower altitude treks remain open during this season.

Flora
The Great Himalayan National Park comprises of a variety of forests including the Ban Oak Forest, Moist Temperature Deciduous Forest, Rhododendron Scrub Forest, Moist Deodar Forest and Western Fixed Coniferous Forest. There is blue pine covering the area below 2000 meters. Other vegetations include deodar, cedar, oak, iris, gagea, taxus baccata and primula.

Fauna
The park is rich in wildlife especially that of avifauna. All the remaining population of Himalayan Tahr is present in the park. Some other major wildlife present here include snow leopard, blue sheep, ibex, wolf, rhesus macaque, wolf, leopard, common langur, goral, serow, muntjac and the Himalayan black bear.

Rest houses/transit accommodations are available in the vicinity of the national park. People can do the bookings if they are planning to visit the park with necessary and required facilities. Home-stays are also available to give a more intimate experience of village life to the visitors. They can enjoy the change in the overall atmosphere.

There are 14 guest houses inside the Great Himalayan National Park in addition to the other forest guest houses present in Aut, Sairopa, Banjar, Sainj and Shangarh. Most of the tourists visiting the park stay in Kullu which have a number of accommodation options with a budget ranging from mid-range to the luxurious ones. There are resorts and guest houses too in Kullu apart from the hotels.

1. People visiting the Great Himalayan National Park for more than a day are advised to obtain medical insurance covering emergency medical treatments.
2. The trekkers should hire certified guides and porters.
3. Beware of prickly plants and do not disturb the wild animals in the park.
4. Do not litter inside the park.
5. Obtain permission before photographing the tribals and villagers living in the ecozone.
6. Wear modest attire while visiting the park.
7. Smoking is forbidden inside the Great Himalayan National Park.


The Great Himalayan National Park is well-connected by roadways. You can come all the way up to Joginder Nagar, which is connected to Pathankot. Then you can take a cab or bus from here. Also, there are many state, as well as private buses, between the major regions of Himachal Pradesh and the national park.

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Great Himalayan National Park Reviews

5 months ago by Rohit Shroff

Great Himalayan National Park with its abundance in both flora and fauna provide with some of the most spectacular views. However, Great Himalayan National Park or GHNP is not necessarily clubbed with a trip to Manali. Ideally, Great Himalayan National Park will require a few days on its own.

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