The Himalaya have been a source of awe and inspiration for millennia to countless individuals. It is the largest, tallest and geologically youngest mountain range on our planet. In India, it has been defived as Devbhumi--the home of the gods. The Himalaya is also one of the most fragile mountain regions of the world and hold an enormous repository of biological diversity.

Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is situated in Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Though the conservation process had been going on since long ,yet the region was declared as a Nation Park only in 1999. The total area of the park is 754 sq.km. The NP includes four river valleys of Kullu, namely 1) Tirthan valley 2) Sainj valley 3) JiwaNal valley and 4) Parvati valley. There are also some echo zones and two wildlife sanctuaries, which are under the GHNP administration. Including all, the total area stretches upto 1171 sq.km. All four rivers mentioned above are the tributary of river Bias and are playing a vital role of sourcing water to it. The park is naturally protected on the northern, southern and eastern boundaries by the areas under permanent snow or by impassable mountain ridges. There is no motor able road inside the park. So one have to trek along the trails to visit the park. GHNP offers numerous opportunities to experience the natural environment of the Western Himalayan. To really appreciate this unique place one must get out into the landscape and do day hikes or ideally multi-day treks.

The Park and Kullu region offers excellent opportunities for bird watching, wildlife viewing, religious pilgrimages, cultural tours, and viewing local crafts and craft creation. There are options of rafting, climbing, fishing, attending a village festival, viewing local architecture, and sacred groves.

Flora and Fauna:

GHNP holds a numerous species of trees which include subtropical Chir pine, mixed deciduous woods of the temperate zone with white and green oaks, coniferous horse chestnuts, blue pines etc. At around an altitude of 9000-11000 ft these forests gradually transform into smaller sized birches and rhododendrons with grassy patches of the sub alpine zone. Above these levels are the alpine meadows, which hold a variety of flowers and medicinal herbs. GHNP supports a diverse mammals life like Himalayan Tahr, Gorals, Blue Sheep, Black Bear, Brown Bear, Snow Leopard, Flying Squirrel, Red Fox, Musk Deer and others. The main strength of the park lies in its bird life. Around 200 species of birds have been recorded in the park and this park is one of the two national parks in the world having a population of endangered Western Tragopan, which is adopted as the symbol of the park.