Great Himalayan National Park, Kullu - Himachal Pradesh

Facts & Figures

Location: Himachal Pradesh, India
Area: 1171 Square Kilometers
Established: 1984
Nearest Town: Kullu – Manali
Nearest Airport: KulluManali Airport
Best Time to Visit: April to June and September to October

About Great Himalayan National Park

Located in upper ranges of majestic Himalayas in Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the Great Himalayan National Park is a kaleidoscope of alpine flora and fauna. Covering an area of 1171 square kilometers, the national park lies between an altitude of 1500 and 6000 m. The park is located in the Seraj Forest Division of Kullu District in Himachal Pradesh some 60 km southwest of Kullu town. A big part of the national park is permanently under glaciers and ice. It is one of the last undisturbed Western Himalayan ecosystems giving shelters to a diverse variety of wildlife and forests.

Today, the Great Himalayan National Park is a major destination of wildlife tourism in India with its bewitching beauty and biological richness. The park is home to more than 375 species of fauna, featuring about 31 different species of mammals, 181 different species of birds, 3 species of reptiles, 9 amphibians, 11 annelids, and 127 species of insects. Also known as JawaharLal Nehru National Park, the region was notified as a national park in the year 1984 to save the endangered wildlife species of this Himalayan Ecosystem.

Major Attractions at Great Himalayan National Park

Major wildlife attractions at this park include: snow leopards, blue sheep, Himalayan thar, musk deer, Himalayan brown bear, ibex, common langurs, goral, etc. Apart from wildlife viewing and birding, tourists will also have opportunity to see abundant natural beauty exploring the park and nearby places such as attractions of Kullu and Manali. Kullu and Manali have lots to offer visitors coming from different parts of the world. Tourists can enjoy sightseeing tours in towns of Kullu and Manali. They have also opportunity to enjoy trekking and some other adventure activities.



Access From Airport

Nearest airport to Great Himalayan National Park is Bhuntar near Kullu at a distance of around 60 km. There are regular flights to Delhi operated by Indian Airlines.

Access From Railways

Joginder Nagar near Mandi is the nearest railhead for Great Himalayan National Park. There are regular trains from Joginder Nagar Railway Station to other parts of the country.

Access From Roadways

There are no direct roads that can make the access to the park easy. Two gravel roads from Ropa to Shangarh in Sainj Valley and from Gushaini to Ropa in Tirthan Valley that makes life easier for the visitors by taking them closer to the park.