The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is located in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India. Area covered by this park is 754.4 sq.kms. In 1999, it was declared as National Park. Other name of this park is Jawarhalal Nehru Great Himalayan Park.
What to see in The Great Himalayan National Park:
Park: This is one of the attractions of the park. Trekking at this place is the major attraction.
Ecozone: This area contains villages. At this place state Government of Himachal Pradesh developed several programmes. Villagers of this place create alternative sources of economic well being. This is the best place for craft creation, viewing local crafts, cultural tours, religious pilgrimages, wildlife viewing, and bird watching. Other attractions of this place are sacred groves, viewing local architecture, attending village festival, fishing, climbing, rafting, Siund Saran Ghat Seri Pashi village, Gushaini Tinder Village, Neuli Manu Temple, Neuli Shangarh Loop.
Park Treks: Visitors have to take permission from park official for safety purpose. Major trekking routes are Neuli to Shakti, Shakti to Campsite, Shakti to Dehl, Dehl to Jogni, Dehl to Guntrao, Guntrao to Shilt, Shilt to Gushaini. Through trekking visitors can reach to several valley’s such as Sainj Valley, Sainj – Tirthan Valley, Jiwa Nala to Parvati River Valley.
Birds: This is one of the important parts of the park. 209 species of birds can be seen here. Major attractions of the bird are Golden Eagles, Himalayan Griffon Vultures, Lammergeyers etc. Along with them plenty of migratory birds can also be seen here.
Animals: 31 species of animals can be seen here. These 31 species belongs to 6 orders. They are Lagomorpha, Rodentia, Insctivora, Artiodactyle, Carnivora, Primates. Major attractions are Snow leopard, Himalayan Musk deer etc.
What to see around The Great Himalayan National Park:
Chandrakhani Pass: This valley is 3600 meter above the sea level. It is the best place for trekking. It is located 42kms away from the park.
Raghunath Temple: It was believed that Lord Rama worshiped Lord Raghunath in this place. Local believes that Lord Raghunath is the protector of this valley. Temple was built by King Jagat Singh in 1650 AD. Pahari and Pyramidal styles can be seen here. It is located 31kms away from the park.
Jagannathi Devi Temple: Other name of this temple is Bekhli Temple. Gaddi and Rajasthani tribal influence is more on this temple. It takes 90minutes to reach this temple from Kullu.
Pandoh dam: This is located 20kms away from the park. It is the man made beauty. This dam was built on River Beas for the generation of power. Height is 76 meters.
Bijli Mahadev Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was constructed in Pahari Style. It is situated 42kms away from the park.
Hanogi Mata Temple: It is located on the top of the small peak. Green mountains are the background to the temple. It is located 11kms away from the park.
Kullu: It is an open valley between Largi and Manali. Hills in the valley covered with Sprawling Apple Orchards, Deodar Forest and Pine forests. This valley is known as Valley of Gods. It is located 50kms away from Kullu.
Getting to The Great Himalayan National Park: Only way to reach this place through road. Before reaching this place, visitors have to reach Kullu. Road of Kullu is well connected with Shimla, Pathankot, Chandigarh, and Delhi. Nearest railway head is located at Mandi. Trains from Mandi go only to Chandigarh. Nearest airport is located at Kullu.
Getting around The Great Himalayan National Park: Most common way to travel in the park is trekking on foot. Horses are also available to visit the place of the park. Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of the park.
Best time to visit The Great Himalayan National Park: Best time to visit this park is between April to June and September to November.
Where to stay in The Great Himalayan National Park: Inside the park there are 14 guest houses. Generally people prefer to stay at Kullu.
Where to eat in The Great Himalayan National Park: No eateries are available inside the park. It is advisable to carry food.