20 Jul Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Kanchenjunga National park and Biosphere Reserve in Sikkim
Khangchendzonga National Park is the first mixed heritage sites which is listed in UNESCO’s world heritage site. the name of this national park is derived from the mountain Kanchenjunga, which is third highest peak of the world.
Area: 1,784 km²
Nearest Town: Chungthan (20 Km)
Main attraction: Snow Leopard
The initial area of this national park was 850 Sq km, later in 1997 the area of this national park was extended to 1784 sq. km. It means this park occupies approx 21% of the total area of Sikkim. This place is starts from the Yuksom and covers all major places of Sikkim which includes Lachen, Muguthang, chopta valley, green lake, upper ridge of Dzongu and Gurudongma.
Entry Points to Khangchendzonga National Park- There are three entry points for this biosphere reserve-
- Yuksom in West Sikkim
- Lachen in North Sikkim
Khangchendzonga is a place which is blessed by the nature, continuous array of mountains and flowers in its green landscapes attracts many nature and wildlife lovers.
Animals and Birds in Khangchendzonga National Park –
Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Great Tibetan Sheep, Musk deer, Himalayan tahr, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Tibetan Snow Cock, Himalayan Snow Cock etc.
- Trekking at Yuksom
- Khangchendzonga peak
- Zemu Glacier