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Explore the Great Himalayan National Park in India

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The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), situated in Himachal’s Kullu region, is India’s newest park.

It is an overlap of four ecological zones – the Oriental and Palearctic belt, the dry deserts of interior Asia and lush lowlands of the Indian plains, the high plateau of Tibet and Western Himalayan peaks and the catchment areas of the Beas and Sutlej rivers.

Because of its complex geography and great altitudinal variation (5000 to 20000 ft) in such a small area, the park exhibits great biological diversity, from subtropical to the alpine with characteristics of Siberian to Southeast Asian species. The park lies adjacent to the Rupi Bhaba Sanctuary, Pin Valley National Park and Kanawar Wildlife Sanctuary. Together, these areas constitute one of the largest tracts of relatively undisturbed Western Himalayan ecosystems in India.

Its remote location has spared the park many of the problems that have affected natural ecosystems elsewhere in India. The terrain, characterized by high ridges, deep gorges, precipitous cliffs, rocky crags, glaciers and narrow valleys, supports diverse Himalayan wildlife. Apart from species like Tahr, Serow, Bharal (Blue Sheep), Goral, the much sought-after Musk Deer and the Snow Leopard, the park is also renowned for its rich community of pheasants.

The endangered Western Tragopan, the Himalayan Monal and the Cheer Pheasant, all nest here. Notable mammals include Serow, Himalayan Thar, Goral, Bharal, Indian Pika, Giant Indian Flying Squirrel, Himalayan Black and Brown Bear, Leopard, Red Fox, Himalayan Palm Civet, Yellow Throated Marten, Musk Deer and Snow Leopard. Over 200 bird species have been recorded in Great Himalayan National Park that includes spectacular pheasants such as Cheer Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Koklass, Khaleej Pheasant and the endangered Western Tragopan.

Other birds are Black and Yellow Grosbeak, Rufous Breasted Accentor, White Collared Black Bird, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed Chough, Eurasian Hobby, Himalayan Griffon and the Lammergeier. The park has extensive forest cover with numerous tree species that include subtropical Chir Pine, Coniferous and mixed deciduous woods of the temperate zone.

Green and white oaks mingle with horse chestnut and walnuts amidst tall deodar and blue pines. The forest gradually transforms into smaller sized birches and rhododendrons with occasional grassy patches of the sub-alpine zone. Above this level are alpine meadows, splashed with a great variety of tiny flowers and medicinal herbs.IT Nature Club will be exploring this beautiful park during the month of September 2012.

ITINERARY:

Day 1 (15th Sept 2012): The guests will be picked up from Kalka Rly station. Kalka Shatabdi arrives at Kalka Station at 11.45 am hrs .After driving for around five hours we shall arrive at Shoja. Explore the beautiful hill village in the evening. Overnight at the guest house. (D)

Day 2 (16th Sept 2012): Morning enjoy the village walks near the guest house and birding with our bird guide.Overnight at the guest house.( B/L/D)

Day 3 (17th Sept 2012): After breakfast we shall leave for Jalori pass trek with picnic lunch.Jalori pass Trek (10280 feet) is one of the highest passable points in the Himalayas. Famous also for a Mahakali temple known as Jalori Mata which attracts thousands of devotees from the nearby villages. This trek will offer the awesome view of the local area as you cross the ridge and try and unravel several historic legends.Evening return to the guest house.Overnight stay at the guest house.(B/L/D)

Day 4 (18th Sept 2012): Morning, after breakfast, drive from Shoja to Goshaini (1 hr) for a delightful homestay on the banks of the Tirthan River, which is crossed in a hand pulled pulley over the gushing river! The setting is picture perfect amidst apple orchards and high mountains and a river full of trout. Ideal for relaxing, sharing stories around the fireplace or going for long walks in the surrounding countryside adjoining the Great Himalayan National Park. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. ( B/L/D)

Day 5 (19th Sept 2012): Full day trek in Great Himalayan National Park with our bird guide.Overnight at the guest house ( B/L/D)

Day 6 (20th Sept 2012): Full day trek in Great Himalayan National Park with your bird guide.Overnight stay at the guest house. (B/L/D)

Day 7 (21st Sept 2012): After breakfast, drive to Kalka (6 -7 hrs) to connect the train to Delhi (Kalka Shatabdi at 1745 hrs). Tour ends.(B)

Tour Cost : Rs.28,700/- per person

Cost inclusions:

Accommodation for 6 Nights/ 7 Days on Twin share room basis: inclusive of all applicable taxes.

Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Assistance upon arrival and departure at Kalka Station

All Trekking program as per the itinerary

Dedicated birding guide for 7 days

All surface transportation by Air conditioned tempo traveller from Kalka to Kalka

All Govt Taxes

Cost exclusions:    

Any expenses of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, aerated drinks etc.

Portage and bellboys tips not included in the cost

Rail Airfare

Meals are not included in the cost unless specified in the inclusions

Tips/ gratuities paid to naturalists, drivers,waiters etc.

Cost incurred in case of hospitalization, evacuation etc.

Park Entrances, Monument Entrances, Camera Fee, Fishing permit

Domestic airfare

Pony Charges

For more information and booking this tour call us on +91 9845383882 or email itnatureclub@gmail.com/info@itnatureclub.in

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