The 754-sq-km Great Himalayan National Park, which gained World Heritage status in 2014, stretches up to the 6000m-plus peaks of the Great Himalaya Range, with a huge variety of animal and plant life. Lush forests lower down give way to alpine meadows and high-altitude glaciers.

There are plenty of hiking and trekking opportunities here, from easy day walks in the buffer zone (called the Ecozone) to demanding treks in the spectacular upper reaches.