Kanchenjunga National Park reserve is a National Park, a Biosphere reserve situated in Sikkim, India. It was inscribed to the “UNESCO World Heritage Sites list on July 17, 2016”, becoming the first Mixed Heritage site of India. The park get its name from the mountain Kanchenjunga which is 8,586 m tall and the third highest peak in the world. The total area of this park is 849.5 km2. There are many glacier in the park including the Zemu glacier. Animals like snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan tahr and Clouded Leopard all make their home in this park.
Mount Khangchendzonga is well thought out Sikkim’s protector divinity & Buddhist specially admired it. In the home tongue, the Khangchendzonga meaning is “5 reserves of snow”. Home Buddhist personality proposes that Khangchendzonga surreptitiously holds relics and holy texts. It was announced as a National Park in the year of 1977. Initially the area of the National Park declared was 850 Km2, but was consequently extended to 1784 Km2 in May 1997 by including more potential regions.
Best tourism places in Khangchendzonga National Park
- Goecha La
- Zemu Glacier
- Mount Pandim
- Kanchenjunga Falls
- The peak of Khangchendzong
- The majestic glacier Zemu
“Goecha La” is a high mountain passed in Sikkim, India in the Himalaya’s range. The south – east face of ‘Mt. Kanchenjunga’, the world’s third uppermost mountain, can be view from the pass which is also a base camp for those hopeful to scale the mountains. They say that when the government powers that be first saw the view from Goecha La and they were so stimulated by the view that they determined to feature.
“Zemu Glacier” is the largest glacier in the Eastern Himalayas. It is approximately 26 kms in length which is situated at the base of Kangchenjunga in the Sikkim Himalaya, India. It may be one of the source for the Teesta River. At the moment the “Government of Sikkim” has only been able to runs a 510 mW plant on the rivers. Owing to the place of the river in an volcanic activity prone area, the hydropower plant will be a runs of the river project.
The Zemu Glacier drain the east area of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third uppermost mountain. The glacier is the source of water for many rivers, as it feed them when it melts. One of them is the Teesta River which has garner large awareness in the past some years because of proposed 3500 mW hydropower plant.
Half an hour from the good-looking hill station of Pelling in Sikkim, “Kanchenjunga falls” is a perennial waterfall that is one of the major tourists attraction in the region. It is supposed that the perfect waterfall originate high up in the glaciers of Mount Kanchenjunga. Being concealed due to thick forest cover and the Kanchenjunga falls were not known to people, remain untouched till the 90s. It only came into the attention, when a local tour operator by chance discovered it.
Best time to visit Khangchendzonga National Park
The best time to visit the Khangchendzonga National Park is between the months of “March to May” and “September to Mid-December”.
How to reach Khangchendzonga National Park
By Air : Closest Airport is “Bagdogra” which is 124kms away from Gangtok, the capital. Indian airlines operate daily flights from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. Sikkim Tourisms Development Corporation also operates a regular helicopter service flights from Bagdogra to Gangtok.
By Train : closest Railhead Is “Jalpaiguri“ and “Siliguri junction” which are linked to Guwahati, Calcutta, New Delhi and other major Indian cities.
By Road : Daily bus services connect Gangtok with Calcutta(725 kms) ,Bagdogra (4 hours), Kalimpong, Siliguri(114 kms), Darjeeling(139 kms), and Guwahati 589 kms.