The recognition of UNESCO is a big achievement in itself. And only a few among thousands of sites in the world are felicitated with such an honor. The UNESCO status is awarded to a place only if it holds some scientific, cultural, or historical importance. The culturally rich and diverse country of India is home to 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are spread all across the country in different states. Of these stunning places to visit in India, two are present in Himachal Pradesh, the beautiful northern state famous throughout India for a variety of reasons that include the snow-covered mountains, the sumptuous food, and its rich culture. Besides, the state is also known for its UNESCO sites- one a manmade marvel, another untouched by human hands. Here is the list of stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites that can be visited as part of Himachal tour packages.
Kalka – Shimla Railway Line
Popularly known as the Himalayan Queen, the train journey from Kalka to Shimla is the second one among the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Indian Mountain Railways, the other two being Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, & the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Built by the British in 1903, this beautiful train journey which starts from Kalka in Haryana covers a distance of 96 km and passes through 20 stations, 102 tunnels, 864 bridges, and an incredible 900 curves. The longest tunnel, which stretches for more than a kilometer, is situated at Barog. There are more than 20 stations between Kalka & Shimla, among the top hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. This five-hour journey is one of the most scenic train journeys in India, and among the must-experience things to do in Shimla as it treats passengers with breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, lush pine forests, waterfalls, valleys, and picture-perfect hill stations along the way.
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The Great Himalayan National Park
Established in 1984, the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is spanning over 1736 sq. km of Tirthan and Sainj valleys in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the best national parks in India and among the top places to visit in Himachal. GHNP was formally declared a national park in 1999 and got UNESCO status in the year 2014. It is part of the Himalayan biodiversity hotspot and includes twenty-five forest types along with a rich assemblage of several endangered species of mammals, birds, and vegetation. The site is known to have preserved Monal bird, Golden Eagles, Griffon Vultures, Western Tragopan (avifauna), snow leopards, Himalayan black bear, Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Bharal, Ghoral, Himalayan brown bear, etc. Trekking is the only way to enjoy and explore the Great Himalayan National Park.
Book Here : Kullu Tour Packages
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