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Great Himalayan National Park, Shamshi, District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh 175126, India
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Encompassing the valleys of the Sainj and Tirthan rivers in the lap of the Western Himalayas, The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is the perfect place to unwind amongst nature’s serene surroundings.  Its wide range of altitude (between 1,700m-6,000m) allows for a vast and unique biodiversity. Broad-leafed trees and thick shrubbery interlaced with wild roses that clamber the hillsides, their fragrance heady, give way to oak and deep green conifers and birch. Providing dramatic relief every now and then are open areas covered in thick springy grasses and ferns and far beyond are frozen rivulets and glaciers amongst barren terrain, the rocks and stones covered with mosses and lichens. 

The Extent: IN 1984, The Himachal Wildlife Project (HWP) surveyed the upper Beas region to help establish the boundaries of the park. An area comprising the watersheds of Jiwa, Sainj and Tirthan rivers became the Great Himalayan National Park the same year. Starting from an altitude of 1,700 m above mean sea level, the highest peak within the park approaches almost 5,800 m. 

The area of the National Park at the moment is 754.4 km and it is naturally protected on the northern, eastern and southern boundaries by permanent snow or steep ridges. To facilitate conservation, a five kilometre-wide buffer area, extending from the western periphery of the park, has been classified as the Eco-development Project Area (EPA) or Ecozone. 

Profusion of Fauna: These varied surrounding host an abundance of animal life. While way up in the interior near Tirath where the Tirthan starts its journey from a glacial pond, one might just sight a snow leopard. On the higher slopes graze the musk deer, goral, serow, tahr and bharal (blue sheep). Both brown and black bears roam the lower forests as does the leopard. 

The bamboo thickets and grasses are the habitat of colourful pheasants — the monal, khaleej and koklas. But the pride of the park is the rare western tragopan, a magnificent bird with brilliant plumage. Draped in deep red, orange and black, dark wings flecked with white and its fan like crest, it is protected fiercely by the villagers who sing paens to its beauty and call it jujurana. For them, it is the king of their forests. 

Experiencing the Woods: While a long trek through the park is sure to be an adventure, there are many shorter routes that are easy to cover. The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) offers the causal hiker and serious trekker a wide range of experiences in the natural wonders of the park. Trails range from relatively easy day walks in the Ecozone to challenging week-long or longer duration treks through arduous and spectacular terrain. 

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Panki Sood-Tirthan Ghnp
Panki Sood-Tirthan Ghnp
Pristine - Beautiful - Heaven
Jul 02 2014
Great Himalayan National Park ( GHNP) is one of the youngest national parks in India . I had been walking 1000 of miles in park for last 12 years and each time park has something new to offer . The pristine park offers lot of everyone whether interes ...... read more

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