For nature lovers, there is no other paradise than national parks. And, Khangchendzonga National Park contains purest form of floral and faunal elements. It has got a magnificent representation of species endemic to Himalayas.
Khangchendzonga National Park has got it’s name from 8,586 mts. tall Mt. Kanchenjunga( which means The Abode of the Gods), the third-highest peak in the world is in North Sikkim.
Being in a remote area of Sikkim has the edge of the park remaining unpolluted and authentic. It got declared as a National Park in 1977. Total area of the park is 1784.00 Km. The Khangchendzonga National Park is one segment of Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve.
The park is a spectacular wilderness, with snowy peaks lofting above fine forests that remain virtually uninterrupted.
Wildlife and venture lovers get attracted towards the park because of its enduring territory of mountains, blossoming meadows, green jungles& watercourse in its primordial wilderness.
When to visit?
The ideal time to visit the Khangchendzonga National is from March to May and September to Mid-December.
How to Reach there?
By Air – Bagdogra airport is nearest airport, well linked by road web to Khangchendzonga National Park.
By Rail – Jalpaiguri railway station is nearest railway station, Khangchendzonga National Park is about 221 Km from the station.
By Road – The nearest highway is the NH 31A via Sevlok-Gangtok. Khangchendzonga National Park is well linked to Major Cities and Places by road network.
Where to Accommodate?
Accommodation is available at the Range Office. About four Forest rest houses are available at the Range office that provides comfortable accommodation facilities to its visitors. While there are many hotels and resorts available in Gagntok suitable for stay.
The timing for the park varies as per the weather conditions. But proper permissions are required from local authorities such as Wildlife Education and Interpretation centre at Yuksom or from the State Tourism Department. Indian tourists need to take permission from Inner-Line Permit of the State Home Department and foreign national’s need to take restricted area permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Delhi, from the State Chief The flourishing vegetation comprises, to get inside the park.
So, finally when you are inside this amazing park, its time to mesmerize your eyes and raise your andreline with soothing and wild Flora and fauna- Animals Himalayan taar, snow leopards & musk deer can be spotted in a park.
The park is nests Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, flying squirrel, Snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, wild ass, barking deer, Tibetan antelope and the red panda. More than 550 species of birds that are found in Khangchendzonga National Park such as Asian emerald cookoo, snow pigeon, Himalayan griffo, Tibetan snow cock etc. The park also has many glaciers, counting the 26 km long Zemu glacier.
Going for Safari in this park is great way of exploring nature!
There are many other activities for adventurous people nearby Khangchendzonga National park such as Trekking, Lodging.
Admiring and trekking the peak of Khangchendzonga is untold fun for daredevils. And visualising the majestic glacier Zemu gives unlimited satisfaction and peace. It is also known for conjecturing different colours during different times of the day. As permission to trek up the hill range is rarely given, the peaks haven’t lost their undefiled beauty.