Set up in the always snow covered mountains of Himalayas, Great Himalayan
National Park is a place to experience a unique and exceptional kind of
flora and fauna in India. The park is located in in the Kullu district of
India's mountain state of Himachal Pradesh. The park offers a unique
biodiversity which include the Himalayan wildlife, densely forested with
blue pine and cedar and sparse human populations. The region is absolutely
free from hustle- bustle of tourists. Take a step in the world of the Great
Quick Facts Area : 1,171 sq km Altitude : 1500 to 6000 m. Terrain : Alpine, Glacial, Temperate, and Sub Tropical Forests Highlights : Himalayan Tahr, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Civet Languages : Spoken Hindi, Himachali, English Climate : - 5 oC (Minimum), 30 oC (Maximum) Best time to visit : April to June, September to October Rainfall : 1,500 mm
within the park
Bird Life in the Park
Himalayan National Park is world wide known for rare and endemic birds.
Migratory birds further increase the attraction. Some birds here include
western tragopan, monal pheasants, khaleej pheasants, griffon vulture,
bearded vulture, forktails, sunbirds, chats, flycatchers etc.
Animals in the Park
The snow covered terrain of the park favors a exotic variety of Himalayan
wildlife population. Some are goral, serow, Himalayan tahr, bharal, musk
deer, red fox, Himalayan civet, yellow-throated marten, leopard, snow
leopard, black and brown bears etc.
Flora in the Park
This park is ideally carpeted with many forests including ban oak forest,
moist deodar forest, western mixed coniferous forest, moist temperate
deciduous forest etc. Blue pine dominates the park and other vegetation
include oak, blue pine, cedar etc.
Adventure Activities in Park
The park is heaven for adventure tourists. You can enjoy activities like
rafting, climbing, fishing, bird watching, wildlife viewing.
Pilgrimage Sites in the Park
The pagoda style temple of Manu Rishi, Thakur's tower in Shenshar valley
and the temples of Gushaini and Galiard with their wooden carvings in
Tirthan valley are located in the vicinity of the park. Observe a fusion
between spirituality and nature.
The nearest airport is located at at Bhuntar which is
10 km from Kullu. It offers domestic flights to Delhi and some other
cities of India. Bus and taxi at airport take the tourists to the
Railway Station :
The closest rail services is available from
Jogindernagar, 95-km from Kullu. It is a narrow gauge railway station
and links with main rail head at Chandigarh.
Bus Station :
There is no direct road access to the park. Roads from
Ropa to Shangarh in Sainj Valley and from Gushaini to Ropa in Tirthan
Valley are main to be covered. Some distances also needed to be covered
Places to stay at Great
Himalayan National Park
There are some patrolling huts which are used as accommodation for tourists
and staff. Some budget class hotels and rest houses are available in closest
towns like Aut, Sainj, Sairopa and Shangarh. All hotels and rest houses in
and around the park offer an average quality accommodation and fine
hospitality. You are recommended to bring your food and bed while you want
to stay in patrolling huts of the park.
Other attractions around
Great Himalayan National Park
Sai Ropa Tourist Centre
Set up in an area of 3 hectares, this tourist center is located few steps
away from the Gushaini entrance. It houses a forest rest house, two
dormitories, a photo exhibition, a conference room etc.
Larji Information Centre
The center provide information about the park and wildlife in it. It houses
a conference room which is equipped with projection facilities to help
educate rural people and school children about nature and wildlife.
Fairs & Festivals
Fair and festivals go round the year in villages set up on the cliff of
mountains. Some famous events must be on your calender while you are on the
park. Some famous are Fagli, village fairs and Dushera.
The world famous hill station Shimla is located 240 km from the national
park. It is one of the most popular honeymoon places in India. Beautiful and
colonial setting, the park is its own example.