Moorang Fort – Ancient Fort in Kinnaur

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The picturesque village of Moorang, which is located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, is a gorgeous place for a holiday. It is situated above the left bank of Satluj and about 39 kms from the most important village of Kalpa.Beauty of Moorang is generally defined by the spectacular apricot orchard and million other spectacular things. One can simply relax on the old fort built by the Pandavas on the banks of the Satluj river as the cool breeze caress the soul or head to Lipa- Asrang sanctuary which is spread across 40 Km of area inhabiting Brown bear, Musk deer, Himalayan black beer and many more.

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Moorang Fort

This fort is very mysterious and attractive because of its location. It is believed that the fort was built by Pandavas. Is situated on the left bank of the Satluj on a high hillock and very near to the Morang village.  The wooden extending beams and wooden pillars of the Verandah of the top floor indicate that there was another floor at the top and now it is totally broken. The entrance door and the doorframes have a few wood carvings.

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The local deity is Urmig and there are three structures dedicated to the deity each existing in Thwaring, Garmang and Shilling. Generally these are empty as the ark of the deity remains in the fort. On a sacred day the ark is taken to the above named places. The ark has got 18 ‘mukh’, made of silver, gold and brass. The 18 mukh represents the 18 days of the great epic Mahabharat.

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Moorang sets itself apart from all the other villages and towns of Kinnaur. People out here are very friendly and helpful, simple and innocent. They are very hospitable and welcoming. Their basic lifestyle, free from the bondages of modernization is simple yet fulfilling.

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Great Himalayan National Park – The World’s Heritage Site

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Great Himalayan National Park – Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), located in the state of Himachal Pradesh lies within the Parvati valley of Kullu division. Its boundaries are also contiguous with the Pin Valley National Park. Spread over an area of 754 sq. km, the Great Himalayan National Park is the newest addition to the list of India’s most amazing national parks. Built in the year 1984, the park lies at an altitude of 1500 to 6000 meters. The exquisite location and scenic surroundings of this park are highlighted with Deodar and Oak trees.

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It boasts of over 375 fauna species, including 31 species of mammals and 181 species of birds. The fauna of the park includes some of the most exotic species of animals like snow leopard, blue sheep, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, goral and many others.

In June 2014, the Great Himalayan National Park was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Committee granted the status to the park under the criteria of “outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation”.

Five rare species in Great Himalayan National Park-

  1. The Western tragopan

  2. Snow leopard

  3. Himalayan Tahr

  4. Himalayan musk deer

  5. Himalayan blue poppy

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History

The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is located in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. The Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary (61 sq.km.) and the Sainj Wildife Sanctuary (90 sq.km.) have also been brought under the National Park administration. Following a survey in 1980, the Himachal Wildlife Project-II, in 1983 , recommended the creation of GHNP and notification of intent was gazetted in March 1984. In 1994 the notification of intent to constitute the Sainj Wildlife Sanctuary was filed which was followed by a notification to include the upper Parvati catchment. In May 1999 the Government of Himachal Pradesh issued the final notification of the Great Himalayan National Park.

The best time of the year to visit the Great Himalayan National Park is between the months of April to June and September to November.

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