Pin Valley National Park
Pin Valley National Park, nestled in the cold-desert of trans-Himalayas, was declared a National Park.
Pin Valley National Park is area extends to south of Dhankar Gompa near Tibetan border and marks the border between Spiti and Lahaul. The elevation of the park varies from 11,000 ft (near Ka Dogri) to 20,000 ft at its highest point. Most of the area is covered by snow. Since the Park is situated in the high altitude terrain, the vegetation is negligible. Most of this scanty vegetation consists of high conservation value species.
Flora: Ratanjot , Salampanja, Somlata, Seabuckthorn, Ateesh, wild rose, and more. Including rare medicinal plants, around 400 species of plants are found.
Fauna: The Park shelters a number of endangered animals in its natural habitat, including Himalayan Ibex, Snow Leopard, Bharal, Wooly Hare, Tibetan Wolf, and Snow Cock.
Avian-Fauna: One can spot rare birds like Himalayan Snowcock, Chukor, Snow Partridge and the Tibet Snow Finch.
Wildlife Attraction: In summer, the national park offers a spectacular view of the white-flower covered valley, and the untouched surroundings. Since the vegetation is sparse, you can explore the national park easily and also spot and observe the Wildlife beauties clearly. Bird watchers can spot their prized colourful birds without obstruction of thick forest areas. Some of the rarest species of Indian Wildlife dwell here.
Exact Location: Located in the cold desert region of the Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh
Area: 675 sq. km.
Route: There are two main routes available to reach Pin Valley National Park. The first route is called the Summer Route, which opens from July to October. The other route is known as the Winter Route, which opens from March-December.
Summer Route (July to October): By Bus: Kullu to Kaza via Manali, Rohtang Pass, Kunzam Pass. Reaching Kaza, hire a jeep or board a bus to go to Mikkim. From Mikkim, one needs to walk to enter the Park area, which is 10 km away. Winter Route (March-December): From Shimla to Tapri by bus, and then Tapri to Kaza again by bus, and then to the Park on foot.
The nearest railhead is in Shimla (443 km) and airport is in Bhuntar (Kullu district)
Best Time to Visit: May to October
Things to keep in mind
- Prior permission is required
- Foreigners are barred from entering this park
- You can explore the national park only on foot
Kungri Monastery: This monastery is located in Pin Valley, around 10 km from Attargo. Its the second oldest Gompa in Spiti Valley and the only one following the Nyingmapa Buddhism in the valley. The main attractions inside the monastery are silk paintings of various Buddhist deities on the inner walls, huge statues and more than 300 volumes of the sacred Tibetan texts, Kenjur and Tenjur.
Spiti and Lahaul: These two remotest valleys in the state of Himachal Pradesh are situated, at an altitude of 6500 m, close to the Indo-Tiber border. These valleys are blessed with incredible natural beauty. The valleys are surrounded by high mountains and giant glaciers. There are plenty of attractions here that are worth the visit.