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The Great Himalayan National Park is accessible via a short trek of 9 kilometers from the homestay. The park is a nature's paradise with its lush green flora and varied fauna. Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the GHNP is one of the largest national parks in India. The Great Himalayan National Park is surrounded by brilliant peaks on all sides and is home to the densest population of Himalayan species.
At a distance of 75 km from Kullu, 63 km from Bhuntar, 113 km from Manali and 14 km from Gushaini, The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is spread across Parvati valley, Thirthan valley, Sainj valley & Jiwa Nal valley of Kullu region. In June 2014, the Park was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site… 7: Kheer Ganga / Khir Ganga (Near Kullu)At a distance of 64 km from Kullu, 56 km from Bhuntar, 22 km from Manikaran and 102 km from Manali, Khir Ganga is a small village situated in Parvati Valley situated at an altitude of 3050 m. It has to be reached from Barsheni by 11 km trek and usually a 2 day trip from Kullu / Barsheni. Khir Ganga is one of the best trekking sites in Himachal Prad… 8: Kasol (Near Kullu)At a distance of 38 km from Kullu, 30 km from Bhuntar, 4 km from Manikaran and 76 km from Manali, Kasol is a small village in Parvati Valley of Kullu district and is situated at an altitude of 1640 m above the sea level 9: Prashar / Parashar Lake And Temple (Near Kullu) At a distance of 65 km from Kullu, 51 km from Mandi and 103 km from Manali, Prashar Lake is a beautiful lake situated at an altitude of 2730 m in Mandi district… 10: Raison - River Rafting (Near Kullu) At a distance of 13.5 km from Kullu, 14 km from Naggar and 27 km from Manali, Raison is a small cluster of villages on the banks of Beas River which has vast camping grounds maintained by Himachal Pradesh Tourism. It is one of the top adventure destination in Himachal and also a top rafting destination in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Rafting in Raison is one of the top things to do in Kullu 11: Serolsar Lake (Near Kullu) At a distance of 78 km from Kullu, 84 km from Mandi, 25 km from Banjar and 10 km from Shoja, Serolsar Lake is a beautiful lake situated at a distance of around 5 km from the Jalori pass. This lake can be reached by a trek from Shoja or Jalori Pass… 12: Tirthan Valley (Near Kullu) At a distance of 70 km from Kullu, 75 km from Mandi and 105 km from Manali, Tirthan Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh. The valley is located inside the Great Himalayan National Park and it has to be reached from Gushani by trek 13: Illaqa / Lahesh Cave Trek (Near Mcleod Ganj)
Day 04: The trek begins : Rangthar (March 2016) vs Rolla (July 2016)RangtharYou reach the village Pekhri in a jeep....quite an interesting bumpy ride. From Pekhri the climb begins....its around 4.5 kms upto Rangthar as compared to 8kms in case of Rolla, but the ascent is 760m against a 500m in case of Rolla. Thus the Rangthar trek is certainly more steep and more strenuous too, yet was manageable for beginners like me although huffing and puffing all the way:-). Took us close to 4.5 hours to reach with intermittent breaks. This trek is quite rocky with most of the climb in the sun.
Take out time and do atleast one day camping experience in this UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE . Park has been Nominated as Natural World Heritage for its unique Flora and Fauna .
Now there is a Gushaini (on the vestiges of Great Himalayan National Park) in Tirthan valley, and then there's a Gadah Gushaini, definitely a thicker version of the Gushaini we might know. Rolling meadows, gentle flowing mountain streams, shepherds, pot, trails, and it takes more than just a road to get there! Intention, Destiny, Willingness. A winding road of about 33kms from Jibi (in Seraj Valley, reached from Aut 35kms on Manali Highway) gets you to this marvel in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. There is but one guest house and a HP PWD rest house here for accommodation. Before Gadah Gushaini is Bahu another gem in the area. Awesome walks lead one to Chach Galu (Galu means pass in Mandi dialect) and from there to Jalori pass or Magru Gala (near Janjehli). Now a road connects Gadah Gushaini to Chattri and Janjehli. Be here for a weekend and you will understand what escape means.
A pleasant detour. The unique ecological aspects of the Western Himalaya led to the creation of the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in the Kullu district of India's mountain state of Himachal Pradesh. These features include biodiversity, sparse human populations, inaccessibility, little tourism, and a local economy based on traditional livelihoods. The GHNP provides a home to 180 species of birds and rare mammals, such as black bears, brown bears, musk deer and the ever-elusive snow leopard. As well as conserving wildlife, the park runs programmes that provide a sustainable living for people living on the periphery of the conservation area.
The Tirthan Valley is the gateway to the UNESCO world Heritage Site of the Great Himalayan National park Conservation area. Infact a part of the Tirthan Wildlife sanctuary also is a World Heritage Site. This national park is home to the snow leopard & rare pheasants like the Western Tragopan. However the only way to see the core zone of the park is by foot. It takes 4-5 hours from Goshaini in Tirthan to reach the gates of the park at Kharongcha. The park offer several treks right from Shilt Thatch to Rakhundi peak & sainj Valley on the right side, to Hanskund & nada Thatch if you go straight & to Khorli Poi & Asur Baag on the left hand Side , all a part of the Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary- a part of the World Heritage Site.
The park was built in 1984. It is a habitat to numerous flora and fauna species of mammals, birds, reptiles, etc. This area has many important wildlife species of Western Himalayas, like Musk deer, Brown bear, Thar, Leopard, Snow leopard, Koklas, Tragopan, Snow cock etc. If you are a birdwatcher, you are in luck. Bird-watching here is amazing. The journey to the wild valley is incomplete without trekking in the National Park. Moving along and resting along the alpine pastures will be memorable. If you wish, camping equipment and guides are provided by the Forests Department.
In hot pursuit of the Western Tragopan, I had decided to take the Eastern Valley round trip of the National park -- going through the right bank and coming back from the left bank. The return, especially, was difficult -- with no marked out route, I had to cross glaciers and tread in places no one might have gone before. It all turned out to be for a good cause, however, because it was on this slippery, dangerous return route that I finally caught a glimpse of the Himalayan Brown Bear that I had been chasing for the past eight years! Though I could only manage this long shot, it has served to whet my appetite and I am determined to keep coming back for a better shot.
The Great Himalayan National Park is a safe habitat for birds and several really rare species flock there -- including the Western Tragopan that dragged me here. A bright plumaged pheasant that is found only in the Himalayas, it had never been photographed before. Though there are plenty of them scattered across the sprawling Park, they are shy birds and very hard to actually spot. My trip consisted of following the call of the Western Tragopan for 20 days across the National Park -- camping at conventional and not so conventional spots along the way -- crouching around trees, making my way through thick forests and glaciers, carving a path where there was none. All of it was worth it, however, when I managed this picture.