Khangchendzonga National Park is located
in the northern district of Sikkim and
ranges from Yuksom (6000ft) to the summit at a
distance of around 45 km. The park occupies
around 20% of the total land mass of the state.
The park is named after the famous Mount Khangchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world. It is nestled between 1,829m and above 8,550m. The park was set-up in August, 1977.
The park is home to several animal species which include snow leopard, musk deer, wild dog, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Tahr, red panda, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan blue sheep, Asiatic wild dog, Tibetan wild ass and goral.
The species of avian-fauna that are found here are Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Griffon, Tragopan Pheasant, Lammergeier, Green Pigeon, Snow Pigeon, Tibetan Snow cock and Sunbird, Asian Emerald Cuckoo.
The vegetations of the park include temperate broadleaf and mixed forests, shrubs, alpine grasses, herbs and certain medicinal plants. Oaks, birch, fir, willow and maple are important trees that are found here.
The nearest railway station is at Siliguri (about 114 km) and Jalpaiguri (about 221km).
The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok, is well connected by regular bus services with Guwahati (589 km), Darjeeling (139 km), Kolkata (725 km), Bagdogra (4 hours), Siliguri and Kalimpong. NH 31A is the nearest Highway. Bagdogra airport is located at a distance of around 222 km.
The Range Office offers accommodation facilities. Tourists can also avail the accommodation at the four rest houses around the park. All visitors to the park are required to secure entry permission from the State Chief Wildlife Warden. The Indian citizens must secure an Inner-Line Permit from the state home department, whereas, the foreign citizens are required to secure Restricted-Area permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Address: Khangchendzonga National Park, Yamfudin, Sikkim - 737113, India.
Best time to visit: April to May
Timings: 6.00 am - 6.00 pm
Major Attractions: Black panther, Snow leopard & Himalayan tahr.