Himalayan National Park
a position at the junction of the oriental and the paleartic
bio-geographical zones, the Great Himalayan National Park is a major draw
for visitors to northern India. The park is snuggled up in the Himalayas and
is at a distance of 40 km from the Kullu town in Himachal Pradesh. The
diversified habitat of the national park harbours a variety of flora and
fauna that surely prove to be an enjoyable and educational experience for
Spotting The Wildlife
The animal life at the Great Himalayan National Park is both rich and
exotic. The most commonly sighted species of the park include ghoral, serow,
Himalayan tahr, blue sheep, musk deer, leopard, snow leopard, red fox,
Himalayan civet, black bear etc. The avian population of the park is no less
captivating for wildlife enthusiasts. There are bird species like western
tragopan, monal pheasants, chir, griffon vulture, bearded vulture,
flycatchers, sunbirds, blue magpies, golden eagle etc.
Due to harsh climatic conditions, there are not many species of reptiles
and amphibians. Though there are a few like toad-headed agamas, skinks and
snakes. Numerous species of colourful butterflies also inhabit the confines
of the park.
No vehicles are allowed inside the national park; don't take it, however,
as a lack of accessibility. The tough reaching conditions can result in
making your wildlife even more adventurous than you had expected. Before you
start on your tour, all you need to have is a physically fit body. Guides
are available to lead you through the jungle terrains. You can choose from a
range of treks from moderate to strenuous. Famous treks in the park
confines include Sainj Valley Trek, Sainj Tirthan Valley Trek, Jivnala
Parvati River Valley Trek, Tirthan Valley Trek and Raktisar Trek.
forms the first part of your activities at the national park. There are
various halts along the route, that can range from moderate to strenuous.
Birdwatching is also a pleasurable activity inside the national park. To
watch all of this natural splendours, you need a tented accommodation, and
camping here can be both entertaining and exciting. Rappelling and
river-crossing are the other fun-filled options that you can indulge in.
Best Time To Visit
Though vacationers and wildlife enthusiasts can make a trip to the park
anytime of the year, the ideal time is to come here either during summers
(April-June) or autumn (September-November). The rainy season
(July-September) should better be avoided.
Bhuntar (close to Kullu) is the nearest airport from the Great Himalayan
National Park. But the convenient option is to reach Chandigarh first and
then hire a taxi from there. The city of Chandigarh (270 km) also serves as
the nearest railhead with connecting trains to places like Delhi, Kolkata,
Mumbai, Chennai and Dehradun among others. The national park can also be
accessed through road routes from Delhi (500 km).