Snow capped mountains in the surrounding, tall, spiny alpine trees, lush meadows, snowmelt rivers and variety of flora and fauna. These words bring to mind a beautiful painting by an artist lost in nature. But it is not. This is just the description of the Great Himalayan National Park. Yes. A haven for nature lovers, trekkers, photographers, artists and for every traveler.
Great Himalayan National Park
The Great Himalayan National Park is spread over 1,17,100 hectares, which, a quick Google search tells me, is 1,171 square kilometers, which includes a buffer zone of 256 square kilometers. It is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is only 60 kilometers from the famous tourist hub in the state, Kullu.
The national park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2014, 15 years after it was formally instated as a National Park by the Government of India. Coincidentally, it was formed 15 years before that, in 1984.
Location and Topography
The Great Himalayan National Park is located in the Banjaar area of the Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh. The park is amongst the Himalayan Hotspot and is always carefully conserved for its biodiversity. The peaks in the Great Himalayan National Park go up to nearly 5800 meters at the highest, with almost half of the park lying above 4000 meters of elevation, and as low as 1700 meters near its catchment areas. The Tirthan and Sainj rivers flow through the park and are a popular spot for camping.
If you love being in the woods, you will love it in the Great Himalayan National Park. There is a claim of nearly 10% of the world’s known plant species, 832 species to be precise, being found in this national park by their official website. That is one of the reasons why it is considered such an important ecological system. Oak trees form a major part of this park. And if you want to trek through the park and discover the woods for yourself, you can find some great details and packages on the Himalayan Ecotourism site.