Khangchendzonga National Park of Sikkim is India’s latest entry in world heritage site’s list of UNESCO
If, you are a traveler or love to travel particularly as nature lover, you will definitely glad to know that one of India’s beautiful national park has been comprised in UNESCO world heritage site. The Khangchendzonga National Park of Sikkim now got the status of a world heritage site by UNESCO. Khangchendzonga National Park is still a bit unknown for the many travelers however; it has been listed in world heritage site due to its global values blended with natural & socio-cultural importance and also became the first state of India to fulfill the mixed criteria of UNESCO’s list of heritage sites.
The National Park is surrounded by enchanting snow-capped mountain range of great Himalaya in Sikkim. There are various beautiful mountain peaks, waterfalls, lakes, glaciers and some of the world’s best and exceptional flora and fauna makes Khangchendzonga National Park a must visit tourist spot for nature lovers. Though, Mount Khangchendzonga is world’s third highest peak therefore, it does produce curiosity among visitors to see the attractiveness of this place.
Khangchendzonga National Park is also supposed to be trekker’s paradise because of its magnetic beauty which is full of valleys, dense forests, natural lakes, waterfalls, caves, and wonderful species of flora & fauna. Trekking is major activity in this National Park and therefore, a huge number of trekkers from all over the globe come every year.
The local community has great respect for this place due to their mythological value connected with all the natural resources available here at this site.
The Chief Minister of Sikkim, Mr. Pawan Kumar Chamling said that this is proud moment not only for people of Sikkim but also for all the Indians. He said, gratitude from UNESCO will play a very significant role to boost the tourism in state.
“Our state has great potential to attract the visitors and we have kept the target to carried almost 12 Lakh tourists by 2025. Whereas we have received almost 39000 tourists last year”, he said.
He further said, it will help the local population especially in the area of Gangtok, Ravangla, Pelling and Yuksom in the form of major economic gain as tourism related activities will be increased such as guiding, pottering, lodge and food management. Overall this acknowledgement will definitely help and established Sikkim tourism as a brand name.
As per officials of the Khangchendzonga National Park, the USP of this park is its nice ecosystem which has enduringly snow-capped mountains, glaciers, lakes, snow deserts and sort of assorted forest. Subsequently, the wide range of flora and fauna presents a diverse picture among tourists. This park has been inhabitant of many animals and birds such as Tibetan sheep, musk deer, snow leopard, red panda including some species of birds like Himalayan crane, blood pheasant, and Himalayan cock etc.