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The Great Himalayan National Park

The Great Himalayan National Park is located in Kullu, and offers numerous opportunities to experience the natural environment of the western Himalayan region. It attracts many of the tourists from all over the world as a package of adventure tourism. As along with the sight seeing views of Himalayan manifest, the national park also is one of the most visited and must visit spot in Kullu.The place offers many opportunities for bird watching, wildlife viewing, cultural tours, pilgrimage tours and appreciating the local crafts. The Park has apt arrangement facilities like water rafting, climbing, fishing, and attending local village festival with much more fun and frolic on the way.

The Great Himalayan National Park is easily accessible from the Kullu valley. This region is can be reached and also serves the best means by either road or airways. Many people also recommend that a prior trek to the place named Shamshi that is the headquarters of the park, can be taken. For tourists coming from the capital city have to cross the distance of approximately 500 km. The road journey in the mountain terrain can be very wonderful and exotic locations can be viewed. Some of the exciting places on the way are the Gobindsagar Lake near Bilaspur and lush and wide Bahl valley. The airport is just 50 km from The Great Himalayan National Park, and the railway station is 100 km from it.

The Sahara organizes treks in The Great Himalayan National Park that go for a week or so. It can be very adventurous with the opportunity to experience the beauty and wild animals together. Also some of the endangered animals like the Himalayan Brown Bear, Tahr and the Western Tragopan can be glanced. The Sahara is a non-government organization that organizes these treks, thus also serving as the employment means for the local people. There are number of necessities that are required to be carried along during the trek. Some of them are the four-man tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, first aid kits, office equipments, etc. There are two information centers at The Great Himalayan National Park named as the Sai Ropa Tourist center and the other at the Larjee. The Sai Ropa is spread over 3 hectares area and a building housing two dormitories, Forest Rest House. It also has a photo exhibition, conference room with projection facilities. In the similar way the center at Larjee is also equipped with all the above-mentioned facilities and educational displays in a small hall.

There are many places in The Great Himalayan National Park of religious importance. The ecozone villages of Lapah and Ghat Seri have sacred tree groves and all the villages have a temple. Most of the temples include architectural interests like the Pagoda style temple of Manu Rishi, the temples of Gushaini and Galiard with wooden carvings. The pilgrimage sites that can be visited when in the park are the Raktisar, Hanskund and the Sirikhand Mahadev.

Thus, the park is first on the wish list of a tourist while touring the state of Himachal Pradesh. With much importance attached to it along with the wildlife, it has acquired great importance in the tourism area of the state. The park is a must visit place and entertains all to the fullest.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/07

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