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Home :: India Destination :: Himachal Pradesh :: Himalayan National Park
Himalayan National Park

LeopardOccupying 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 all.

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.

Adventure Safaris
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.

Other Activities
Black BearTrekking 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.

Getting There
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).

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