Pin Valley National Park is located in Spiti Region, Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India. This park was declared as national park in 1987. It is situated in the cold desert area of Spiti Region. This park is famous for Flora and Fauna. It is surrounded by several monasteries, Buddhist shrines and Lamas.
What to see in Pin Valley National Park: This is one of the best places for natural, wildlife and trekking lovers. Major attraction of this Pin Valley National Park is Snow Leopard. More than 20 species of birds and animals can be seen here. At the base of this valley Pin River flows. Only Indians are allowed to see this park. Foreigners are not allowed here. During the winter season, animals migrate to lower regions due to heavy snow and cold atmosphere. Major bird attractions of this place are Raven, Himalayan Chough, griffon, Golden Eagle, Chukor, Bearded Vulture, Snow cock, Pika. It is the home place to Marten, Red Fox, Weasel, Bharal, Siberian Ibex, Snow Leopard and several other animals. This park is famous for medicinal plants also. Rare Species of Medicinal plants such as Birch and Juniper are available here. Another attraction of this place is park’s alpine pasture lands. This valley is famous for Chhumurti Horses. At this place local people conducts archery competitions and Horse Racing.
What to see around Pin Valley National Park:
Ki Monastery: In the Spiti Valley this is the largest monastery. This monastery is famous for wind instruments, stucco images, rare manuscripts, thangkas, and murals. This monastery is dates back to 1000 years. This is the best place for Pasada Style of architecture. It consists of 3 floors. Small rooms in the monastery are allotted to monks. Underground is used as storage and Ground Floor is used as assembly hall.
Kaza: It is the base point for trekking. Places to visit in Kaza are Hikkim Monastery and Sa Kya Pa Sect monastery.
Dhankar: Main intension to build this fort is to keep an eye on enemies and enjoy the Spiti Valley by seeing from this place. Old temple in Dhankar is known as Lha O Pa Gompa.
Pin Valley: It is located on the banks of river Pin. Major activities in this place are archery competitions and Horse racing. Most of the tourists attracts towards Chamurti Horses. It is a part of Spiti Valley.
Kunzam Pass: Height is 4590 meters above the sea level. It is the gateway to Spiti Valley. It offers best view of Shigri Parbat.
Langza: Langza is known as maritime fossils.
Kibber: Kibber is a small village in the Spiti Valley in Himalayas. Kibber lies on summit of a limestone rock. Lush Green fields and agricultural forms are abundant. Major crops are Peas and Barley. This place is famous for monasteries, barren splendour, and scenic mountains. Plenty of fossils present in and around Kibber.
Getting to Pin Valley National Park: Before reaching this national park, visitors have to reach to Kaza. Kaza can be reached either from Manali or from Shimla. Route from Shimla to Kaza remains open from May to October only. Nearest railway station is Jogindernagar. Nearest board gauge stations are Chandigarh and Shimla. Taxis and Buses are available from Chandigarh and Shimla to reach Kaza. Nearest airports are available at Manali and Shimla.
Getting around Pin Valley National Park: Best way to explore this national park is on foot. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of this valley.
Best time to visit Pin Valley National Park: Best time to visit Pin Valley National Park is from the middle of May to September. Best time to enjoy fauna is April, May, November and early December.
Where to stay in Pin Valley National Park: Accommodations are not available at this park. Tourists usually stay at Kaza.
Where to eat in Pin Valley National Park: Eateries are not available at this park. It is advisable to carry food while visiting this place.