Great Himalayan National Park Video

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VOICES AND CHOICES is a 20 minute documentary on the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). It gives an overview of the environmental aspects of India’s newest national park located in the Kullu Valley of the state Himachal Pradesh. GHNP is the home of many rare and endangered species including the red-listed Western Tragopan all found in the Western Himalayas. The video also examines some of the economic and social issues that exclusion from GHNP’s resources creates for local villagers and includes interviews with the GHNP director, NGOs and local villagers. VOICES AND CHOICES was produced by a volunteer team from the organization ‘Friends of GHNP’ which is associated with My Himachal

For more information on GHNP: and how you can help with sustainable livelihoods and nature conservation: [email protected].

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  1. says: Tribune

    Nature lover on the wilderness trail
    Aditi Tandon
    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, October 11
    Sanjeeva Pandey spent years profiling the beauty of the Great Himalayan National Park in Kullu, the most pristine natural environment in the Western Himalayas. From 1999, when the park was notified, till last year, he and his friends at Sahara, a Kullu-based NGO, not only preserved the beautiful wilderness in the valley, but they also created ways of rehabilitating displaced locals.

    “In all those years, we organised 989 local women into 95 credit groups, asking them to compulsorily save Re 1 a day. By 2006, they had collected Rs 9 lakh and generated income worth Rs 23 lakh by engaging in organic food production and apricot oil packaging. That was just one part of our activity, the major part being protection of 750 sq km of virgin forest area in Kullu,” said Pandey, a former director of the park.

    Pandey was at Government Museum here today to discuss the genesis and growth of the park – the only one in the world, besides the one in Pakistan, which has some population of the Western Tragopan.

    Locally called jujjurana, the bird is highly endangered and was recently declared the state bird of Himachal Pradesh. Behind the state government’s change of heart were years of campaigning by Pandey and his team, which rooted for the jujjurana as the state bird and the snow leopard as the state animal.

    “Earlier, the monal was our state bird, but we took the plea that it was the state bird of Uttarakhand and the national bird of Nepal. Similarly, the musk deer was the state animal of Uttarakhand. We promoted the jujjurana and the snow leopard on grounds of their rarity,” said Pandey, who along with Payson Stevens, the American earth scientist instrumental in promoting the park abroad, today presented a film on the park’s many riches.

    Nestled between the Pin Valley National Park, the Rupi-Bhawa Wildlife sanctuary and the Kanawar Wildlife Sanctuary, the park is also home to the sources of four major rivers – the Sanjh, Jivanal, Tirthan and Parvati. At great heights inside the park, protected by natural ridges on three sides, reside blue sheep, snow leopards, Himalayan brown bears, Himalayan Tahrs and musk deer.

    “This is the best time to visit the park. There are many chances of sightings,” said Pandey, who along with the Friends of Great Himalayan National Park, a group of nature lovers, including Payson, still raises funds for the park’s preservation and for the physical and financial well being of the affected populations.

  2. says: Dev Thakur

    The beauty of nature is the heven in this world. If anyone wants to realise that he/she must visit GHNP. It is a sacred pillgrimage area to the local people and home to the endangered species. I really appreciate the various efforts made by the people to provide the world recognition to the area.There are still various truths which are still to not taken into consideration. The best is still yet to come

  3. says: Anita Chauhan

    The popularity of the Great Himalayan Biosphere Reserve will increase with time, attracting Indian and foreign wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.

    The park has to be advertised as a wildlife destination providing wildlife guides for visitors interested in sighting Pheasants and Snow Leopards.

    Sites that are frequented by animals can be identified and the short-stay visitors can be taken to these spots for wildlife sighting.

    Advertisements and feature articles explaining ‘how to get there’ from Kullu airport, ‘List of Accommodations’, and photos of birds, animals and butterflies expected to be sighted, have to appear in National Dailies from time to time.

    As is the practice in some South East Asian countries, the accomodation tariffs for Indian visitors should be subsidised than for foreign visitors.

  4. says: Paul

    I hope this forest reserve is well protected and managed. I have experiences in the Philippines where the national Park in not properly protected. In the case of Mt. Kanlaon National Park, you can see many farmers encroaching the reserve. And few more are still cutting trees surrounding the beautiful Mt. Kanlaon.

  5. says: Vinod Kumar

    All I knew about The Great Himalayan Park, it is a wonder! It is a very special destination for all nature lover. All of effort made to make this place better will also protect to nature. Nature, who gives life to us. So, I think that not only government but also civil should come ahead to make this place more better. So nature will be saved and which is very compulsory for future of human being.

  6. says: Ujval Vaishnav

    Hi! it appears that this is more of a trekking site. I would like to go here with some elderly colleagues.

    Can we do a trip here and enjoy the wonderful surroundings? Which height is the hotel accommodation available? Which hotels? and till what height can a taxi go?

    Please provide more inputs.



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