Sikkim’s rich forests, glistening lakes, vast valleys, mystic meadows, and hot springs create the perfect biosphere for a diverse range of plants and animals. Vast pockets of Sikkim are protected areas that preserve and conserve medicinal plants, avifauna, and rare and endangered animal species such as the snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan Marmot, Asian Black Bear, Tibetan wolf, and the Himalayan jungle cat.
The best way to explore the flora and fauna of Sikkim is by visiting its national park and wildlife sanctuaries. Sikkim’s only national park Khangchendzonga National Park and 8 other sanctuaries see hundreds of visitors every year and some are highly popular among hikers and trekkers.
Here’s a glance at Sikkim’s wildlife sanctuaries and national park.
KHANGCHENDZONGA NATIONAL PARK (North Sikkim)
Khangchendzonga National Park of Sikkim is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is known to preserve hundreds of animal and plant species. Along with protecting animals from poaching and vegetation from deforestation, the National Park fosters a diverse range of avifauna. In 2016, it became the world’s first “Mixed Heritage” site.
Traversing through a national park can be tricky. National parks border the fine line between the human world and forest life, which makes exploring them extremely exciting. However, keeping up with the constant pressure to do something new claws at you when you are disoriented. So here is a list of a few things you can do at Khangchendzonga National Parks in Sikkim that will keep you entertained throughout the trip. Read more…