In Search of the Western Tragopan

Sunshine Himalayan Adventures

Where: Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh
When: September to November and April to June
How long: 14 days
How much: Rs 63,000 per person (minimum of 4 persons in a group); includes all transport from and to Chandigarh, accommodation, all trek logistic support like porters and cooks, all meals, an English-speaking birding guide and all entrance fees.

What to expect:

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is considered the most pristine mountain landscape in the Western Himalayas. It is home to about 215 species of birds including pheasants like the Western Tragopan, Cheer, Monal, Koklash and Kaleej along with other birds like the White Throated Tit and the Lammergeyer plus a large number of animals. The Tragopan is locally known as jujurana—the king of birds. The people of the region believe that God created the Tragopan with feathers from all the other birds. The trekking expedition will be focused on spotting this bird, but will also provide ample opportunities to just enjoy the great Himalayan outdoors.

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