Kanchenjunga National Park

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Kanchenjunga National Park

History

Located in Sikkim, Khangchendzonga National Park, is also known as Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve. Named after the mountain Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world, the park covers a total area of 849.5 km2. One can view many glaciers and beautiful flora and fauna in the park.

Established on August 26, 1977, the park is home to a few Lepcha tribal settlements and vegetation like temperate broadleaf, alpine grasses, shrubs, with many medicinal plants and herbs. Even mixed forests consisting of oaks, fir, birch, maple, willow etc. can be found here.

The reserve is the habitat animals like musk deer, sloth bear, civet, snow leopard, red panda, Tibetan wild ass, wild dog, Himalayan black bear, goral, Himalayan blue sheep, etc., and about 550 species of birds including Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Osprey, Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeier,Tragopan Pheasant, Green Pigeon, etc.

Interestingly many of the trekking routes in the areas pass through the Khangchendzonga National Park like Yuksom - Tshoka – Dzongri, Bakim - Dzongri - Thangshing - Samuteng – Goechala, etc.

The park is situated in a geographically blessed location, with its western boundary constituted by Mount Kanchendzonga and possessing one of the longest and most overwhelming glaciers namely the Zemu Glacier, that it is inevitably one of the most favourite tourist destinations.

Best time to visit

The best season to visit the national park is between the months of April and May.

Trivia

Literally meaning 'the Abode of Gods consisting of Five Treasure Houses', Kanchenjunga houses five soaring summits of Mt Kanchenjunga including Mt Narshing, Mt Pandim, Mt Siniolchu, Mt Simvo and Mt Kabru. It is believed that the first three peaks are the most stunning amongst all of them

Timing

The timing for the park varies as per the weather conditions. However, proper permissions are required from local authorities like the Wildlife Education and Interpretation centre at Yuksom or from the State Tourism Department.


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