Holiday Reviews from Millions of Indian Travellers

Sikkim Wildlife - Khangchendzonga National Park and Rhododendron Sanctuary

Send this page to a friend

Arjun Sadashiv is a wildlife enthusiast and made a trip to Sikkim to see the unique flora and fauna of the region. Almost 30 per cent of Sikkim is covered by reserve forests. The virgin forests of Sikkim are lush and green and receive rainfall almost throughout the year. They have spectacular bamboo thickets, rhodendrons of different colours, and unique orchids.



Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP) is the largest national park of Sikkim covering the entire north-west of the state. It is 130 km west of Gangtok. You can see some of the rarest high-altitude flora and fauna here. Within the park is the specially designated Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary which has over 30 species of rhodendrons.


The oak, chestnut, pine, maple and bamboo forests of the KNP make an ideal habitat for Asiatic black bear, the red panda, snow leopard, and a multitude of butterflies and birds. Among the rare birds you can see are the lammergeier, blood pheasant, Eurasian cuckoo and tragopan.


How to get to KNP:

Nearest airport: Bagdogra  (onwards by taxi or car)

Nearest station: New Jalpaiguri (onwards by taxi or shared jeep) .

By road: Siliguri to Pelling and then Yuksom.


When to go  Mar-Jun; Sep-Nov


Permits available at:

Chief Wildlife Warden

Forest Secretariat,


Gangtok 737102

Tel: 03592-281240


Foreigners need an Inner Line Permit.

Other Experiences
Top Deals (from our partners)
Deals for Sikkim
coming soon.....
corner_left.gif Experience Sikkim (Theme holidays in Sikkim) corner_right.gif
Rashid and Mehzabeen Khan went to Sikkim from Kolkata for an extended summer holiday. The idyllic state of Sik
Read more
Rashid and Mehzabeen Khan who were holidayig in Sikkim took a tour of all the Buddhist monasteries of the regi
Read more
Arjun Sadashiv is a wildlife enthusiast and made a trip to Sikkim to see the unique flora and fauna of the reg
Read more
How to Reach - Sikkim Destinations
Thangu     Lachen     Yumthang Valley    
Rinchenpong     Chopta Valley     Yuksam    
Nathula     Gangtok     Gurudongmar    
Mangan     Hee Bermiok     Barsey    
Geyzing     Aritar     Uttarey    
book_l.gif Book a Holiday book_r.gif
I want to go to
Starting Date
My start date is flexible
Length of trip
Top Attractions of India
» Enchey Monastery
» Tsomgo Lake
» Manas National Park
» Police Bazar
» ISKCON Temple
» Qutb Minar
» Tipu Sultan Palace
» Hussain sagar Lake
» Taj Mahal
» Brindavan Gardens