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5 National Parks You Must Visit In Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh is a picture-perfect state with picturesque hill stations, charming towns, snow-covered mountains, lush valleys, rich flora and fauna, untainted environment, and many trekking paths. It's a paradise for nature lovers, explorers, and travellers. The gorgeous national parks of India may be found in this lovely hill state. The snow-capped mountains, heavily forested woods, fascinating natural views, and endangered animal species of these amazing Himachal Pradesh national parks make your visit unforgettable.

With so many places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, we have compiled a list of 5 national parks which you should definitely visit in Himachal Pradesh.

1. Pin Valley National Park

One of the famous national parks in Himachal Pradesh, Pin Valley National Park in northern India is a place to see the most dramatic of landscape changes: the lush green head of the Kullu Valley; an astounding panorama of barren, brown mountains; hanging glaciers and snowfields that glitter in the sharp light. This area, located in the district of Lahaul and Spiti (Himachal Pradesh), has remained undisturbed by the ravages of time.

Pin Valley national park in Himachal Pradesh is a portion of this magnificent area that exhibits the greatest floral and faunal species that these high Himalayan hills have to offer.

Best Time to Visit-  May to October

Entry Fee- No fee required

Timings- 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

How to reach

There are two ways to get to reach Pin Valley national park. The first route goes over Manali, Rohtang Pass, and Kunzum La. From July through October, this route is available. The second route goes through Shimla, Tapri, and Kaza. From March to December, this is the ideal time to visit the park through this route.

By Air-The nearest airport is in the Kullu district of Bhuntar. Transport companies offer flights to Delhi from here; consequently, it is best to confirm flight timetables and other details ahead of time.

By Railway- Shimla, located around 443 kilometres away, is the nearest railhead.

2. Kutgi National Park

Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary is a  great Himalayan national park in Himachal Pradesh and is the second biggest sanctuary, covering 378 square kilometres. It is one of the few areas where you can see the state's wealth since it is covered in deodar woods and coniferous flora. There are over 200 kinds of flora and fauna, ranging from unique plants to endangered animals, making it an ideal weekend destination for wildlife photographers and environment enthusiasts. Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-see if you want to venture off the beaten path and see the hidden nooks of Himachal Pradesh.

The Kugti national park is home to endangered animals such as Ibex, Musk deer, Monal snow Cock, Pheasants, Himalayan Tahr, Red-vented Bulbul, White Cheeked Bul Bul, and many more.

Best Time to Visit- May to June and September to October

 Entry Fee- No fee required

 Timings-  Open 24 hours

How to reach

Following are three ways how you can reach this beautiful sanctuary:

By Air-The closest major airport to the sanctuary is in Jammu, some 278 kilometres away. You may take a direct cab from Jammu or can take a bus to Chamba and then a cab from there. Chamba is around 210 kilometres from Jammu and 72 kilometres from the sanctuary.

By Railway- To go to Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary by train, take a train to Pathankot railway station, which is around 190 kilometres away from the sanctuary. To go to the sanctuary from Pathankot, you can either take public transportation or hire a straight cab.

By Road- The transportation system by road to  Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary is in good condition. As a result, it is easily accessible by road.

3. Great Himalayan National Park

The Great Himalayan National Park, located in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu area, is home to around 375 species of animals, 31 species of mammals, and 181 species of birds. The Great Himalayan National Park was designated as a national park in 1999. The national park's lovely setting is enhanced by the presence of Deodar and Oak trees. Many people visit the park during the time of festivals of Himachal Pradesh.

To access the Great Himalayan National Park, you must first get a permit. Permission for the park's downtown core may be acquired at the Shamshi headquarters and the range offices at Ropa, Sainj Valley, and Shairopa, Tirthan Valley.

Best Time to Visit- April to June

Entry Fee-

For Indians- INR 50

For Foreigners- INR 200

For Indian Students- INR 30

For International Students- INR 100

Timings- 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

How to reach

Following are three ways how you can reach the Great Himalayan National Park:

By Air- The Great Himalayan National Park is around 60 kilometres distant from the nearest airport, which is located in Bhuntar, Kullu. If you are travelling from Delhi to Bhuntar, you can take a flight.

By Railway- Joginder Nagar, about 143 kilometres away, is the nearest railhead. Trains from Delhi and Chandigarh run frequently to Joginder Nagar.

By Road- Buses travel from Kullu through Aut on NH21. After reaching Goshaini or Neuli from Aut, there is no direct road access to the park. As a result, take the Kullu-Manali highway's eastern divergence from Aut and follow the road link from the Beas River into the Banjar valley. Several private buses depart from Aut. When you arrive in Banjar, take the next bus or cab to Tirthan Valley.

5. Inderkilla National park

Inderkilla National Park in Himachal Pradesh is home to about 250 different species of birds, including rare and unusual birds like the Kaleej and monal. The true location is the Kullu Valley, often known as "the End of the Habitable World."

It is, without a doubt, one of the most prominent and popular locations to visit in Kullu. And Himachal Pradesh tour packages must include a visit to this location.

There is no doubt that visitors will see several uncommon animals there. The black and brown bear is adorable here. In addition, people may observe Ibex, leopard, and many species of mountain goats, deer, and so on in the National Park.

Best Time to Visit-  October and November

Entry Fee- No entry fee is required

Timings- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

How to reach

By Air- Inderkilla National Park has an area of around 104 square kilometres. The national park is in the Kullu district, 46.1 kilometres from the Kullu Manali Airport.

By Railway-  The nearest railway station from Inderkilla National Park is Joginder Nagar Railway Station which is. 41km away.

6. Simbalbara National Park

Simbalbara National Park is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh, located in the Paonta Valley in the Sirmour District. The park is known for its lovely wildness, deep green valleys, mountains, rivers, and woods.

It was first designated as a wildlife reserve in 1958, and then as a wildlife sanctuary in 1974. Previously, the sanctuary served as a hunting field for the later Maharajas of Sirmour. In 2010, the Simbalbara Wildlife Sanctuary was designated as a National Park. The park's total size is approximately 27.88 Km.

The Park is well-known for its various animal and bird species. This park has higher biodiversity because the entire ecological system of the region is well connected with a food chain, and the parasitic habitat maintains biodiversity balance.

Best Time to Visit-  April to November

Entry Fee- No entry fee is required

Timings- Open 24 hours

How to reach

By Air- The nearest airport is Digarh, which is roughly 87 kilometres from the Simbalbara National Park. The route from Digarh airport to Simbalbara National Park is excellent.

By Railway-  Ambala railway station is approximately 63 kilometres from the Simbalbara National Park. The Ambala railway station is conveniently connected to the Simbalbara National Park via road.

 By Road- The road network connects Simbalbara National Park to main cities and areas. Government and privately run vehicles ply at regular intervals and travel to Simbalbara National Park.

National parks in Himachal Pradesh guarantee a memorable experience, and anybody interested in seeing India's wildlife should visit them. For individuals who need assistance organising a trip into the Himalayan wilderness, you can always check out our all-encompassing Himachal Pradesh tour packages.

September 09, 2021


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