Home to the wild: National parks in Sikkim

The one and only national park of Sikkim is the Khangchendzonga National Park located in a village called Yuksom in the west district of Sikkim and spread over an area of 1784 sq km. It offers an amazing sighting of the rich flora and fauna on the foothills of Himalayas.

This park is situated in the region that has remained untouched to quite a large extent. You will be able to witness the majestic views of around 19 mountain peaks from the Khangchendzonga National Park of the Great Himalayan range including the Khangchendzonga peak. This park is different from other national parks in the country in many ways; it is the center of multi ethnic culture of the locals that has evolved over time, giving rise to a multi layered religious tradition that centers on the natural environment and its notable features.

It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its rich and amazing wildlife with beautiful landscapes at the high altitude ecology and the best season to visit is from March to the end of May. It looks truly beautiful in winter when the landscapes are draped with white snow. During winter, snowfall can be heavy and it will shower a lot in monsoon so it is not recommended to visit the park in such times. This national park’s grandeur is undeniable, and the peaks and landscape features are revered across several cultures and religions. Unlike other national parks, the Khangchendzonga National Park is a combination of rugged cold mountains at high altitude with a variety of flora, fauna, and avifauna covered with dense forests. This region also has many medicinal plants and herbs and you can spot animals like snow leopard, red panda, the great Tibetan sheep musk deer and more.

You will need a special pass as in permit to visit Khangchendzonga National Park. The visitors and the tourists from India need to get in line permit from the Home Department in Sikkim from the Government of Sikkim to visit this park. And for the international tourists who are also interested to go for trekking at Zemu glacier, their permit is issued by the Ministry of Home Delhi, Government of India.  

Khangchendzonga National Park is endowed with one of the most magnificent eco-systems in the world. The trip to this park is a wonderful experience to be cherished forever.

Read full article at: https://www.tourgenie.com/travel-diaries/travel-blogs/home-of-the-wild-national-parks-in-sikkim

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