Perched at an altitude of 6000ft Khangchendzonga National Park is a favored destination in Sikkim for nature lovers. Named after the third highest peak in the world Mt Kanchenjunga, Khangchendzonga National Park is the first park to be declared as a mixed heritage site of India by UNESCO. Counted amongst the few high altitude parks, Kanchenjunga or Khangchendzonga National Park is blessed with a versatile flora and fauna world, making the national park a popular destination among the botany enthusiast of around the world and the trek to Khangchendzonga National Park has hyped the interest of many trekkers’ traveling to Sikkim.
Enriched with abundance of natural beauty Khangchendzonga National park is stretches from Temperate to Alpine zone. The park is filled with rich flora and fauna of Himalayan range and has about 18 glaciers-including the huge, fearsome, awesome, and turbulent Zemu Glacier, the largest glacier in the Eastern Himalaya. Situated in such an inaccessible expanse in the North and South districts, the region has remained untouched to quite a large extent. Khangchendzonga National Park is known for being the humble adobe of home to snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, Tibetan antelope, wild ass, barking deer, musk deer, flying squirrel and the red panda who live in blissful isolation amongst giant magnolias, rhododendrons and pine forests. The lush forest dotted with oak, fir, pine trees are home for about 550 species of birds like blood pheasant, satyr tragopan, osprey, Himalayan griffon, lammergeyer, Tragopan pheasant, green pigeon, Tibetan snowcock, snow pigeon, impeyan pheasant, Asian emerald cuckoo, sunbird and eagle.A new species of bird named Himalayan Forest Thrush was found in 2016 making Khangchendzonga National Park a birding paradise for avid bird watchers. There are many routes leading towards Khangchendzonga National Park, one of these routes start from Yuksom. Yuksom is the first capital of Sikkim and is located at a distance of 124km from Gangtok. The trail leads through some of the most spectacular forested areas of Sikkim and during the spring when the rhododendrons, giant magnolias and a profusion of other wildflowers are in full bloom the trail become an enchanted path. Along the trail trekkers will come across a view point called Dzongri where they can witness the grand vista of Mt Kanchenjunga and sometimes at dawn the sky is clear and you can catch the sight of entire chain of peaks. The beauty of Himalayas can be seen in its pristine form while trekking through the lush forest of alpine tress in Khangchendzonga National Park of Sikkim.
Inflate your lungs with the fresh mountain air along with the lingering woody fragrance of alpine forest while feasting your eyes with the astounding vista of majestic snowcapped Himalayan mountain range in Khangchendzonga National Park. A place far from the rambunctious city life caressed under the nurturing wings of Mother Nature, Khangchendzonga National Park of Sikkim, has become a place to find solace for the tourists who wants to spend some quality time amidst the nature while listening to alluring chirping of exquisite birds and trekking through the lush forest with the astounding view of snow capped mountains.
The best time to visit Khangchendzonga national park is between the months of April and May when the weather is pleasant. Those who are not able to plan their visit during this time, they can also visit between the months of August and October.
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