Great Himalayan National Park

Himalayan Wildlife and National Parks

Himalaya is one the most visited and attractive destinations of the world. Its snow-kissed masculine mountains and lush green landscapes seem to be the true paradise on earth. These Himalayas are also the highest as well as the longest mountain ranges in the whole world. These ranges are the habitat to one-third of the total mountain animals that include even some of the most endangered species.


Indian Himalayan region is blessed with rich varieties of flora and fauna. In the Terai region of Himalaya the varieties of flora found are Sal, Teak, rosewood and Sheesham, while at high altitudes Deodar, Birch, Fir, Juniper and Rhododendron trees can be seen. The rich diversity of the Indian Himalayan wildlife makes it one of the best places for some of the rarest species of animals and birds.


Wildlife in Himalayas:


Most of the animals are commonly found in the Himalayan alpine and its surrounding ranges. Although there are found several animals, yet Himalayan mountain goats have adapted the harsh climate conditions of Himalaya even above the altitude of 10,000 ft.

Besides Himalayan wildlife provides shelter to the rare species like musk deer, rhinoceros, Tibetan blue bear, Kashmir stag, snow leopard, blue sheep etc. While the most seen birds found in Himalayan regions are monal pheasant, cuckoos, mynas etc.


National Parks: Some of the renowned national parks of the Himalayan regions are listed below:


Jim Corbett National Park:


Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936, which is spread over an area of 520 sq km. The park is located at Ramnagar, 63 km south-west of Nainital. It is one of the best national parks of India known for its rich bio diversity. The animals and birds found in the park are:


Animals: Sloth bear, Himalayan black bear, Indian gray mongoose, wild dog, leopards, elephant, deer, monkeys, jungle cats etc.

Birds: Approx 580 species of birds like flycatchers, cuckoos, babblers, robins, parakeets.


The Royal Chitwan Park:


The Royal Chitwan Park was established in 1973. It is the oldest designated national park in Nepal, which was designated as a world heritage site in 1984. The park is spread over a huge area of 93,200 ha. The animals found in the park are one-horned rhinoceros, deer, royal Bengal tiger, leopard, Cheetal, wild dogs, gaur, ghariyal rhesus monkey etc.


Great Himalayan National Park:


Great Himalayan National Park is located in Kullu, whose altitude varies from 1,300 m to 6,100 m. The park is best known for its dazzling alpine meadows, glaciers, and alluring high ridges. The animals and birds found in the park are:


Animals: Thar, musk deer, serow, leopard, snow leopard, brown bear etc.

Birds: Cheer, khalij, monal, tragopan pheasant etc.


Namdapha National Park:


Namdapha National Park is situated in Changlang district of Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh; spread over 1,850 sq km of rugged terrain. The animals and birds found in the park are:


Animals: Clouded leopard, snow leopard, pig tailed macaque, elephant, black bear, Indian bison, hoolock gibbons etc.

Birds: Jungle fowls, great Indian hornbills, pheasants, mynas etc.


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Shimla Kalka Toy Train

Shimla Kalka Toy Train

Luxury Travel on Wheels


The lush green valleys of Himachal Pradesh are unparallel in offering the most picturesque view to the tourists who visit the state from far flung places all the year round. This place is at an easy access from the plains of northern India, the striking Shivalik valleys which are situated in Kalka-Shimla are worth admiring. The Government of India is into collaboration with the Himachal Tourism Department to promote the concept of integrated tourism development.


The Kalka Shimla Rail Route


Kalka-Shimla rail route is 96-km long and this narrow gauge railway track is a perfect combination of modernity and antiquity this is a blend of glamour and pilgrimage. Another tourist’s delight here is the rail motor car of the year 1927the which had brought Mahatma Gandhi to Shimla for conversation with Viceroy Wavell in the year 1945, here they discussed about the plans of the British for leaving India. This rail is the great attraction among the tourists. The Barog railway station which is of Gothic-style has become a favorite spot of Bollywood stars.


The Kalka-Shimla road is a great piece which shows the amazing work done by the engineers. It was in the year 1903, the work began here, there are 103 tunnels and more than 700 non-girder bridges just in the distance of 96-km. The longest tunnel of this route is at Barog and it is 3,760 feet long. Around two- thirds of the whole track is on curves, and some of them are as sharp as 48 degrees.


The train takes the break at some of the stations namely Dharampur, Jabli, Barog, Salogra, Kandaghat, Solan and Taradevi. The Shivalik Deluxe Express, which is also known as the narrow-gauge Shatabdi, caters to the clientele properly. The Shivalik Deluxe Express was started in the year 1996 in the month of July; this Shivalik Deluxe Express runs regularly nine months during the year and gives lots of pleasure to the passengers.


The Inside Appeal


The train is beautifully designed with glass windows; there are reversible cushioned chairs, designer electrical fittings, modern washroom, wall-to-wall carpeting, separate cabins for couples, arrangement for music system, and facilities of communication with the guard. This train is liked by the tourists in large number because of the services provided in the train. The striking view which one can have of the surroundings makes it an unforgettable journey.


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Baijnath Temple Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is land of Gods and Goddesses and encloses in numerous temples and shrines in its premises. One of most famous and highly visited sacred places is “Baijnath Temple” which lies in the Dhauladhar range in the western part of the Himalayas. Baijnath basically is a name of a small town situated in the district of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh and is located almost 51 kilometers away from Dharamshala. This town is situated almost in the middle of the way of the two towns of Kangra and Mandi.

It is here in Baijnath town that the 13th century constructed ancient Shiva Temple “Baijnath” is situated which is dedicated to Lord Shiva in his Vaidyanath epitome which means “the lord of physicians” and because of this fact, the water of this sacred temple is thought to have medicinal properties that can cure ailments which brings millions of people here every year. This beautiful temple depicts the magnificent artwork of the medieval period known as the Nagara style of temple architecture.


Since its construction in the year 1204 A.D., the Baijnath temple has been worshiped continuously. It is believed that the temple existed here even before the construction of the current temple and evidence of this are the two long inscriptions that are on the porch of the temple.


The temple holds a great importance in the Hindu religion and it’s believed that the Shivlinga, which is found in Svayambhu form with five projections on all sides and is roofed by a Shikhara, is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas as per the legends. It is believed that the Shivlinga of this temple was established here by a trick played by Devas for deceiving revenue.


Every morning and evening here witness special prayers which are offered to the deity besides special occasions and festivals. Maha -Shivaratri is celebrated every year at this temple and a state level function is organized for five days. Along with is a number of other sacred days are celebrated with great enthusiasm and majesty which include Makara Sankranti, Shravana Mondays, Vaisakha Sankranti etc.

The visitors of this sacred shrine would also find several other temples, monasteries in the nearby places which are of equal religious importance to the local people.


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Narkanda India – The Adventure Tourism for Everyone

Situated at an attitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet road (NH – 22), Narkanda offers a spectacular view of snow ranges with some beautiful aminities like adventure tourism and adventure sports. This is an ideal retreat for the tourists who seek seclusion in mountains. It commands a unique view of the eternal snow line, the inviting apple orchards and dense forests. Narkanda is famous for Skiing & Winter sports.


During these days the slopes come alive with skiers. It is a skiing resort in winter. It connects Shimla with Rampur and a detour also goes to Thanedhar, the prime apple belt of Himachal Pradesh. The skiing at Narkanda was started in 1980 and since then HPTDC is conducting skiing courses every year. Various kind of adventure sports are conducted here by HPTDC every year in winter like paragliding with guide, trekking, skiing and hiking in and around Narkanda.


The area has forests of fir and spruce, with a smattering of maple, aspen and cedar trees. A wooded trek route takes you to Hatu Peak unfolding a magnificent vista of undulating meadows, snow peaks and valleys.


How To Get Narkanda:


By Road: Narkanda is on the National Highway connecting Shimla to Kinnaur means that there is never a shortage of buses connecting one with Shimla. Shimla is at a distance of around 60-km and it takes only two hours to drive down to Narkanda from there.


What To See:


Things to do: Adventure, Nature and Outdoor Sports

Tannu Jubbar Lake, Trek To Hatu Peak, A further 15 minute walk from Hatu peak takes you to the stunning meadows of Jau-Baug are main attraction of Narkanda.


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