Arguably the Indian Himalayan ranges are home to some of the paradisiacal holiday destination in the Indian travel circuit. They are ideal for honeymoon, family vacation and adventure tours. But away from the frenzy hordes of the tourists, these soaring peaks are home to some of the incredible wildlife parks. These bewitching parks not only make a perfect adventure but also provides a window to peek into the elusive and enthralling wildlife. Traversing these serene and tranquil landscapes laden with overwhelming beauty is to cherish for a lifetime. Below are the five incredible wildlife parks nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. Exploring these will take you to a completely different level of adventure and tranquillity.
1. The Hemis National Park
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Located in the Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir region the Hemis National Park engulfs an area of 4,400 sq.km. It is one of the largest parks ranging from at an altitude of 3000 meters to 6000 meters make it home to some of the endangered and elusive Himalayan wildlife. While trekking the park travellers could encounter the majestic snow leopard, great Tibetan sheep, blue sheep, Ladakhi urial, Tibetan wolf, Eurasian brown bear, red fox and marmot. The park is also home to several enchanting and colourful birds like the golden eagle, bearded vulture, Himalayan griffon vulture, brown accentor, robin accentor, tickell’s leaf warbler, streaked rosefinch, Tibetan snowfinch, chukar partridge, fork-tailed swift, red-billed chough, Himalayan snowcock, and red fronted serin.
How To Reach
By Air: Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is in the proximity and from there one can take a cab to reach Hemis.
By Road: Travellers have two route options when reaching the Hemis National Park – from Manali – Sarchu and Dharchu on the Manali-Leh highway and from Srinagar through Kargil on the Srinagar-Leh highway.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Katra in Jammu and from there one could take cab and bus to reach the Hemis National Park.
2. The Great Himalayan National Park
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The park was founded in the year 1984 and stretches to a height of 1500 feet in Himachal’s Kullu Valley to mighty 6000 meters. Covering an area of approximately 1,171 sqm, the park is also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pristine beauty and amazing diversity, tall pine trees, gurgling rivulets and unwind paths will surely make your day at the park unforgettable. The amazing park is home to a plethora of wildlife species like bharal, goral, serow, the brown bear, and top most predators of the Himalayas snow leopard. Also, the park houses a range of bird species and amphibians.
How To Reach
By Air: Bhunter is the nearest airport and is 50km away from the park. From here one can hire taxis and cabs to reach the park.
By Rail: Joginder Nagar Railway Station is the closest with a distance of 100km.
By Road: The best option is to reach by bus as the park is well connected with Shimla, Chandigarh, Delhi and Ambala. Apart, there are also luxury bus services available from Kulu to Shimla (240km) and Delhi – Mandi (530km). From Kulu buses pass through NH 21 via Aut(30km).
3. The Valley of Flowers National Park
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The Valley of Flowers National Park is surely a treat for the visitors. Located in the high altitudes of the Garhwal hills the park comes under the larger umbrella of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. Not only the park offers a standard mountainous beauty but also the exclusive 500 species of elusive and exotic flowers and plants. The park is also lavish with a plethora of wildlife including grey langurs, flying squirrel, Himalayan black bear, red fox, weasel, yellow-throated marten, goral, musk deer, Indian chevrotain, and snow leopard. The enchanting park is also famous for its mesmerising trek.
How To Reach
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport (292km) is the closest with daily flights from Delhi. From there one has to take taxi, cab and buses to reach close to park. Govind Ghat is the last motorable stop and after that one has to do 16km of an arduous trek to finally reach the park.
By Rail: The closest railway station is Rishikesh (273km), from there one has to hire private taxis or state run buses. The last road station is only up to the Govind Ghat and from there one has to do 16km trek before finally reaching to the park.
By Road: The last motorable road to Valley of Flowers National Park is Govind Ghat. Buses to Govind Ghat is easily available from major Uttarakhand Bus station like Rishikesh, Dehradun and Srinagar.
4. The Khangchendzonga National Park
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The majestic Khangchendzonga National Park is cherished for its uncensored beauty which comprises of the tall and green oak, fir, birch, maple, willow and also several medicinal herbs and shrubs. Enriched with exotic flora and fauna the park also acts as a lavish eco-tourist destination in India. Inhabited by endemic flora and fauna the Himalayan ecosystem also boasts wildlife species like musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan Tahr, wild dog, sloth bear, civet, Himalayan black bear, red panda, Tibetan wild ass, Himalayan blue sheep, serow, goral and takin. The pristine landscape is home to majestic bird species like blood pheasant, satyr tragopan, osprey, Himalayan griffon, lammergeier, tragopan pheasant, green pigeon, Tibetan snowcock, snow pigeon, Himalayan monal, Asian emerald cuckoo, sunbird & eagle. Apart from the rejuvenating views of the majestic and soaring mountain peaks.
How To Reach
By Air: Bagdogra airport is the closest (222km) from Gangtok. Daily flights run from Kolkata, Delhi, and Guwahati. Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation operates daily helicopter service from Bagdogra to Gangtok.
By Rail: Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station, which is connected to New Delhi, Guwahati, Calcutta and various other major railway stations.
By Road: Travellers could also reach the park with regular bus service to Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Siliguri.
5.The Namdapha National Park
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Located in the North Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh the Namdapha National Park is almost off the radar to many visitors. The exotic park covers an area of approximately 1,985 sqm. with a height ranging from 220 meters to the snow-draped peaks at 4,500 meters. Boosting the lavish biodiversity the park is home to 2000 species of plants and various species of mammals, birds and reptiles. The best thing about the park is that here one could find the four big cats – leopards, cloud leopard, tiger, and snow leopard. Visit Tybros Holidays for a range of customized holiday packages.
How To Reach
By Air: Tezu is the nearest Airport just 3hrs of a drive to the park.
By Train: Dangari railway station in Assam is the nearest railway station. From there one has to take private car or buses to reach close to the park.
By Road: The park is easily accessible to the road with buses available from Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Margherita in Assam.