Great Himalayan National Park

Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is spread over an area of 1,171 square kilometers, at an altitude of 1500 to 6000 meters, among the mountain peaks of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh state in India.

A Bulbul in the Great Himalayan National Park
A Bulbul in the Great Himalayan National Park.

The Great Himalayan Park is classified by UNESCO as one with “outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation“. The park can be considered as the junction of world’s two major faunal regions.

The Park is having more than 375 species of fauna and hunting of any sort is strictly prohibited. Himalayan Thar, Himalayan Brown Bear, Blue Sheep, Musk Deer and Snow Leopard are the common animals found in this park. Around 181 species of birds are found in this national park.

This Himalayan National Park, one of the major high altitude national parks in India, is also rich in Flora. It ranges from pines, spruce, horse-chestnuts or conker trees, alpine herbs, junipers, etc; home to a great diversity of floral life.

The Great Himalayan National Park, GHNP, conducts pre-trek meeting every day at its headquarters at Shamshi (near Kullu). Those who are interested in trekking the mountains are advised to attend this meeting,

How Do I Go to The Great Himalayan National Park, GHNP ?

The Great Himalayan National Park, GHNP, is situated in the Kullu Valley. Kullu valley is accessible by road. Kullu airport is at around 63 kilometers from GHNP.

The capital city of India, New Delhi is at around 500 kilometers from Kullu. Chandigarh railway station is the nearest Major railway station to The Great Himalayan National Park.

Pathankot Junction railway station in Punjab is another major railway station, from where narrow gauge trains (toy trains, as it is popularly known), are available up to Joginder Nagar (Mandi). From Joginder Nagar, you may hire a cab, to complete the last leg of around 143 kilometers to Kullu.

Kullu Valley and Kullu Hill station

Kullu Valley and Kullu Hill station are in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh state in India, on the high terrains of Beas river.

Kullu (or Kulu) has lot of Apple, Pears and Plum Orchards. There are Deodar and Pine forests in the area. Kulu is also famous for its hand-loom Shawls and caps.

Kullu
View of Himalayas from Kullu.

Raghunath Temple, a 17th century temple, is a famous temple in Kulu. Maha Devi Tirth Temple is another temple on the Kullu-Manali highway, about 2 kilometers from Kulu valley. At a distance of 10 kilometers distance is ‘Bijli Mahadev’ temple, famous for the art work and herein lies the highest point in Kullu which offers a panoramic view of the valley and surroundings. Devta Narsingh temple ( situated at the Kulu Sultanpur block) and Shringi Rishi Temple- Banjar at 60 kilometers distance are some of the other main temples in and around the valley.

Shoja is another view point at 2692 meters height, which offers unmemorable views of the meadows, valleys, snow covered Himalayan peaks, rivers, forests, etc.

Raison is a camping site, which offers adventurous activities for those interested.

Kullu is unique for its Flora and fauna with some of the rarest Himalayan species found here. “The Great Himalayan National Park ” is located in this area.

Dussehra in Kullu

When the whole country stops celebrating Dussehra, Kulu starts its Dussehra celebrations, which attracts a lot of tourists to the valley.

How Do I Go to Kullu?

Airport at Bhuntar with IATA code KUU, is at 10 kilometers distance from the Kulu valley. New Delhi International airport is at 480 kilometers distance.

There are no direct trains to the valley and its nearby areas. The nearest railway station to Kullu is the ‘Joginder Nagar Railway station’, in the narrow gauge line, at around 100 kilometers distance. Chandigarh and Pathankot are nearest railway stations on the Broad Gauge line, at 235 and 260 kilometers distance respectively.

Kullu to Manali distance is around 40 kilometers and are connected by NH3.

Which are the Best Hotels in Kullu?

There many Hotels in and around Kulu. There is a Stone and Wooden Castle of the 16th century at Naggar, now a Heritage hotel, run by Himachal Tourism. Hotel Sarvari is a deluxe hotel from Himachal tourism deaprtment at Kullu city.