Natural Heritage

Natural World Heritage Sites in India

The Great Himalayan National Park

This National Park is located in the Banjaar subdivision of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh in the western part of the Himalayan range.The Great It has high mountain peaks, alpine meadows and riverine forest. The Park includes the upper mountain glacial and snow meltwater sources of several rivers and the catchments. It is biodiversity hotspot and includes 25 forest types along with many threatened fauna species.

It is home to almost 350 species of flora and 800 species of fauna, some of which are endangered. The park shelters four of the world's threatened species of mammals (snow leopard, serow, the Himalayan tahr and musk deer) and three of the world's threatened bird species (Western tragopan, koklass, cheer pheasants). A large part of the park's green cover is composed of three varieties of oak – ban, mohru and kharsu.



The Khanchendzonga National Park

This National Park is located in Sikkim within the Himalayan range. The Park has a variety of terrain including plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and snow-capped mountains including the word’s third highest peak, Khanchendzonga. On the lower slopes the mountain range is forested, and many myths are associated with the caves, rivers, lakes, etc that are sacred to the indigenous people of Sikkim. These have been integrated with Buddhist beliefs and are part of their identity