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Great Himalayan National Park

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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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 National 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.

Great 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.

Kanchenjunga National Park, Khangchendzonga National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site (Mixed site)

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

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Kanchenjunga National Park which was renamed as Khangchendzonga National Park, is situated in Sikkim state, India, bordering Nepal. Its also a Biosphere reserve known by the name Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve. Its a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first Mixed Heritage site from India. Mixed Heritage sites are world heritage sites with cultural and natural significance,

Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) are seen in Kanchenjunga National ParkHimalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) are seen in Kanchenjunga National Park.

A rare and genetically distinct wild dog, Dhole, also known by names like Asiatic wild dog, Indian wild dog, red wolf, whistling dog is seen in this park.

Kanchenjunga National Park is home to around 550 birds species. Himalayan Forest Thrush (Zoothera Salimalii), a new bird specie, was found at this park in 2016.

Kanchenjunga National Park offers plenty of trekking opportunities, for those interested in trekking. The main starting point for trekking is Yuksom, at around 145 kilometers from Gangtok. You need to get the trekking permits from ‘The Wildlife Education and Interpretation center’ at Yuksom or from the check post at the entrance to the park.

Kanchenjunga National Park is spread over an area of 849.5 square kilometers and is located on the Kanchenjunga Himalayan Peaks, the third highest peak in the world. Many glaciers are there in the park. Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, snow leopard, Clouded Leopard, etc, are seen in this park.

How Do I Go to Kanchenjunga National Park which is now renamed as Khangchendzonga National Park?

Kanchenjunga National Park which is now renamed as Khangchendzonga National Park, is accessible from NH 31 A (Sevok–Gangtok National highway). The Nearest towns are Yuksom Town and Chungthan town, at around 20 kilometers distance.

Gangtok is the nearest city which is connected by helicopter services. The nearest airport is at Darjeeling district, West Bengal state, at around 220 kilometers distance. New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station (twin city Siliguri) is the nearest railway station at around 220 kilometers away.

Accommodation inside Kanchenjunga National Park

Kanchenjunga National Park has four rest houses, which can house up-to 20 persons. Bookings may be made at the Forest Range Office.

April and May are the ideal time to visit this national park. Monsoon and Winter months should be avoided. Restricted area permits are required for Non-Indian nationals. Indian nationals are required to obtain Inner Line Permits from the State Home Department. Permission from the State Chief Wildlife Warden is also required to visit this park.

Nubra Valley, Maitreya Statue,Wild Bactrian Camel, Himalaya, Trekking

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

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Nubra Valley is a tri-armed valley at an average altitude of 3048 meters or 10,000 feet, located along the Himalayan mountain ranges, in Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir state in India.

Maitreya statue in Nubra Valley
33 meter tall Maitreya statue, a symbol of peace, facing Pakistan, in Nubra Valley.

Nubra Valley is situated to the north-east of Ladakh valley. Buddhists constitute majority of the population. Lower altitude and western end of the Valley has Muslim populated areas.

Shyok River, a tributary of the Indus River, meets the Nubra river (which originates in the Siachen glacier), in Nubra valley and then the widened river flows from here. Siachen Glacier is situated to the north of Nubra valley.

Diskit town in the valley is the main town here. Diskit Monastery, established in 1420 A.D, is situated here. The 33 meter tall Maitreya Buddha statue, facing Pakistan as a symbol of peace, is maintained by the Diskit Monastery inside the Monastery premises.

Baktrian Camel
A Baktrian Camel.

Wild Bactrian Camels are seen here. They have two humps on their back. (There are wild Bactrian camels and domesticated Bactrian camels). Known for its tolerance for cold conditions as well as drought conditions and high altitudes, people here use thse domesticated Bactrian camel for riding.

Due to the rivers that flows through the valley, the villages along the valley are fertile. Many a fruits, nuts and pulses are grown in the valley.

How Do I Go to Nubra Valley?

Nubra Valley can be accessed from Leh town, through the Khardung La pass, which was once regarded as the highest motor-able road in the world and is open all through the year. Diskit town is the main town in the valley which is connected to Leh.

In 2008, an alternative route was built from Sakti, connecting the main Nubra road, via Agham and Khalsar, along River Shyok. For the trekking enthusiasts, there are many passes over the Ladakh Range of mountains, from the Indus Valley.

Leh is connected to Srinagar, the state capital, by buses. There is an airport and a railway station at Srinagar.

Inner Line Permits to Nubra Valley

Foreigners are required to get the Inner Line Permits to visit Nubra Valley. Indian citizens are not required to get this permits from 1st May 2014.

Parambikulam Tiger Seserve, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary,Bengali Tiger

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Parambikulam tiger reserve is tiger reserve in Nelliampathy – Anamalai region on the Western Ghats in Palakkad district, Kerala state, India.

View of Parambikulam Reservoir from tree-house inside the Parambikulam tiger reserve
View of Parambikulam Reservoir from the tree-top house inside the Parambikulam tiger reserve.

Parambikulam tiger reserve was earlier known as Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary. Its a Tiger reserve under ‘Project Tiger‘, a project to save Bengali Tiger, the national animal of India. Apart from Tigers, the beats of this jungle includes Wild Boar, Sambar, Gaur, Panthers, etc,. There are a large number of Elephants in this reserved forests.

The tree houses inside the tiger reserve allows great view of the wildlife from vantage points. There are watch towers at Anappadi and Zungam, inside the Tiger reserve.

Parambikulam tiger reserve is spread over an area of 643.66 Square kilometers. This Wild life sanctuary is rich in peninsular flora and fauna, which are well conserved, due to minimal human interference.

Parambikulam tiger reserve is situated close to Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. Parambikulam is one among the very few sanctuaries that allows trekking within the park. You need to take prior permission from the forest department office at Anappadi.

Parambikulam Dam, the number one embankment dam India in terms of its volume and one among the top 10 such dams in the world, is situated within the Tiger reserve. Thunakadavu Dam and Peruvaripallam Dam are two other dams within this Tiger reserve.

How Do I Go to Parambikulam Tiger Reserve?

Parambikulam tiger reserve is at around 95 kilometers distance from Coimbatore, The entry point to Sanctuary is situated at Anappadi. The headquarters of the Sanctuary is situated at Thunakadavu, around 8 kilometers distance from Anappadi.

There are railway stations at Palakkad and Coimbatore. Coimbatore is a major railway station which is well connected to the rest of India. The nearest airport is the Coimbatore International airport at Peelamedu, at around 13 kilometers from the city center.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Second Largest Fort, Asiatic Lion, Horseback Safari

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary across the Aravalli Range in Rajsamand District, Rajasthan, India.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary as seen from Kumbhalgarh fort.

Ancient and Historic Kumbhalgarh fort, the second largest wall in the world, is situated inside this Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is spread over an area of around 578 square kilometers. It is at an altitude of around 1,600 feet to 4,300 feet, above sea level.

Kumbhalgarh is home to many species of animals and birds, including some of the highly endangered species of animals. Horseback safari and trekking packages are available with the local tour operators.

Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary is now undergoing a Asiatic Lion Reintroduction Project from 2009. Lion safari or Jeep safari are available here.

How Do I Go to Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary?

Majority of the Tourists to this wildlife sanctuary comes from Udaipur, known for its palaces, lakes, courtyards and gardens. Udaipur is at around 85 kilometers from Kumbhalgarh village, where the entry point to the Wildlife Sanctuary is located. There are other entry and exit points also.

Udaipur City railway station is amjor station at Udaipur. Udaipur Airport or Dabok Airport alias Maharana Pratap Airport or Udaipur Airport or Dabok Airport is the airport on the outskirts of Udaipur city.

Pauri, Paragliding, Trekking, Nature Lovers Paradise

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Pauri is a hill station town situated at an altitude of around 1,814 meters in Pauri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand state, India. The town offers excellent view of the snow-covered Himalayan mountains.

View of the pauri situated at Garhwal Himalayas
View of the pauri situated at Garhwal Himalayas

Himalayan mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Trisul, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Kharcha Kund, Chaukhamba, etc, can be seen from here. You can trek to nearby Deodar or pine forests and listen to the chirping of birds.

This city and surrounding areas offers much to paragliding, trekking and adventure sports. Chaukhamba View Point is at around 5 kilometers from Pauri. Tara Kund, the highest tourist spot in Pauri, is at an altitude of 2250 meters.

Kandoliya Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Nag Dev Mandir, Kyunkaleshwar Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Sita Mata Temple, etc, are some of the temples here. More than 100 year old Methodist Church is there at Chopra. Catholic Church is there at Gadoli.

How Do I Go to Pauri?

Pauri town is connected to other parts of the country by NH 119. Buses are available to other cities of the state. There are regular buses from New Delhi to Kotdwar and Pauri.

Kotdwar railway station at around 100 kilometers distance, is the nearest major railway station, which is well connected with other major cities of the country. Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport at 155 kilometers distance.