NATIONAL PARKS OF INDIA


Great Himalayan National Park - Himachal Pradesh





Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is spread over an area of about 1,171 sq. km. It is situated between an altitude of about 1500 to 6000 metre. GHNP was created in 1984 and is located in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh.

Fauna
Snow leopards, Himalayan thar, Himalayan brown bear, blue sheep, musk deer, blue fronted redstart, yellow swallowtail are some of the chief animal and bird species of the park. Most of the GHNP wildlife is safeguarded under the firm guidelines of Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.

Flora
The vegetation cover of Great Himalayan National Park can be divided in three zones - subalpine zone, alpine zone, and upper temperate zone. The subalpine zone is richest in flora species. Horse chestnuts, spruces, pines, junipers, alpine herbs are some of the important floras that can be seen here.

Tourist information
GHNP is regarded as a national park with high public value as it is a source of livelihood and sustenance to the adjoining villages. It is also the originating point of the four major rivers of the state. These rivers provide constant water supply to the different human settlements that have mushroomed around the park.

There are around 14 guesthouses located inside the park. Other lodging facilities are available at Sainj, Aut, Shangar, Banjar and Sairopa. The five day trekking program that is organized by the park authorities is the best way to explore the park.

Getting There
Kulu, the nearest town, is located about 60 km away from the park. There is no road connection to GHNP. For reaching the park one has to travel as far as Aut by road. Then from Aut one has to trek to the park. The closest railhead is at Shimla (about 270 km away) and the nearest airport is at Bhuntar, (about 50 km away).

General information
Address: Great Himalayan National Park, Shamshi, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh- 125126, India.
Contact number: +91-981-7803513 or +91-1902-265320
Ideal time to visit: April-June and September-November.
Entry timings: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm (daily).
Entry fee applicable

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