National parks in sikkim

National Parks in Sikkim

Author: Nikita Baruah
Date: 2020-03-06

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Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Sikkim is a national treasure and a paradise for someone who loves nature. Its rich forests, glistening lakes, vast valleys, mystic meadows, and hot springs make for the perfect biosphere for a diverse range of plants and animals. This is why Sikkim is full of wildlife sanctuaries. 

These sanctuaries in Sikkim boast of exotic flora and fauna. They are a haven for countless endangered animal and plant species. Along with being an abode for myriad beings, these sanctuaries are popular tourist destinations. Sikkim's only national park Khangchendzonga National Park and sanctuaries like the Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary and Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary see hundreds of visitors every week. 

Many rare animal species can be found in these national parks in their natural habitat. These parks enable us to witness the wonders of wildlife without disturbing the sanctity of it. Some of the rare animals found in wildlife parks in Sikkim are musk deer, snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan Marmot, Asian Black Bear, Tibetan wolf, Himalayan jungle cat, and hog badger. 

    Snow leopard at Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim

Snow leopard at Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim

Khangchendzonga National Park 

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. 

Trekking

Blooming amidst the high-rise peaks of the Himalayas, Khangchendzonga National Park offers the best trekking opportunities. There are many mountain peaks you can conquer in this Park, including the Goecha La peak, Mount Pandim, and the Rathong Glacier. If one is looking for adventure, one can come here and trek on the rocky terrains and slippery glaciers of the mountains. It is advised to go on organized treks for one's safety. The State Tourism Department of Sikkim, along with several external travel agents, organize many treks for tourists to undertake. 

Sightseeing

Khangchendzonga National Park is dotted with lush meadows, sparkling springs, and green lakes. These natural marvels are a feast to the eyes. One such lake is Khecheopalri Lake. Known for its scenic beauty, the lake is also a Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site that adds to its value. One can also visit the Samiti Lake or the Chopta Valley viewpoints for breathtaking scenes. 

Explore the ancient religions of Sikkim 

The literal meaning of the word Khangchendzonga is “abode of the Gods.” Hence, the Park also functions as a sanctum sanctorum for the Buddhists. Many monasteries are situated inside the Park that can be visited by travellers including Tholung Monastery and Tingvong Monastery. Legends also say that religious masters of the bygone era had hidden sacred holy texts across the Park, only to be revealed by the chosen people later. 

Enjoy the safari offered by the National Park

Jungle safaris are the best part of any national park. Kids and adults alike enjoy watching wild animals in their natural habitat. Safaris are the safest and the least intrusive way of witnessing the wildlife world. One can embark on a fun-filled adventure in the Park and then spend the night in an eco-friendly resort inside the Park. 

Camping

Camping is one of the most exciting activities one can partake in during travelling in Sikkim. It gives you a mixed sense of natural thrill and modern comfort at the same time. Camping is both an adventurous and peaceful activity. Nothing matches the feeling of sitting around a bonfire with your family under a moon-lit sky. Khangchendzonga National Park comes with camping sites where you can safely indulge your camping desires. One such camping site is the Sachen campsite. 

A colorful bird spotted at Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim

A colorful bird spotted at Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim

Bird Watching

Khangchendzonga National Park is known for its varied range of native and migratory birds. If one is a wildlife or bird enthusiast, they will enjoy the national park experience thoroughly as they can bird-watch several rare bird species in the Park. Some of the most famous birds residing in Sikkim are the green pigeon, Tibetan snowcock, snow pigeon, impeyan pheasant, Asian emerald cuckoo, sunbird, blood pheasant, satyr tragopan, osprey, Himalayan griffon, lammergeier, and the Tragopan pheasant. 

Picnic

The vast spaces of the Park coupled with the cool atmosphere of Sikkim make it the perfect spot for picnics and excursions. You can come to the Park with your family and eat a deliciously cooked meal next to the beautiful lakes or under distinct meadows of the Park. Have a rendezvous with nature in the simplest way possible and give the Khangchendzonga National Park a chance to treat you.

Photography

Khangchendzonga National Park is known for its diverse flora and relief features. Whether it is the mesmerizing snow-capped mountain peaks, lush valleys, dense meadows, glacial lakes, or hot springs, the natural beauty of the Park does not seem to end. Thousands of unique, colourful insects add to the natural beauty of the Park. All of this deserves to be captured by the best photographers in the country. So come along with your DSLRs and phone cameras and entrap the memories you make in the Park for a lifetime. 

However, it is essential to remember that one should not photograph the animals during the safari inside national parks as it intrudes on their personal space. Flashlights can also disturb them and, hence, one should restrict their photography to plants and insects. 

Witness the mighty waterfalls of the National Park

Khangchendzonga National Park is home to many enormous waterfalls that are known to attract hundreds of tourists towards them. One gets lost in the grand spectacle of gallons of water gushing down steep mountainous terrain. The loud sound of the water brings tranquility to the monotony-infested mind and soul. The most famous waterfalls of Khangchendzonga National Park are Naga Falls, Lingzi Waterfall, and Phamrong Falls. 


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