The popularity of the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is growing as a preferred Eco-tourism destination in the Himalayas. A trek to the park was recently featured in the “The Hindu” magazine.
The GHNP is a 754.4 sq km. protected area located in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. Its final notification as a National Park happened in 1999. The park comprises the watersheds of Jiwa, Sainj, and Tirthan rivers. The trek was to be an exploration of the Tirthan valley. The GHNP is an area extremely rich in biodiversity. It supports a vast variety of flora and fauna. A visit to GHNP website , throws up some interesting facts. When it comes to fauna, the GHNP is home to large mammals like the Himalayan Tahr, Black Bear, Goral, Bharal, to a variety of endangered pheasants like the Western Tragopan, Monal, Koklas and so on. In fact the park is known as the most important area in India for the endangered Western Tragopan.
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Sumant hails from Una, Himachal Pradesh, and is at present working as a Research Scientist in Burlington, VT, USA.