The Himalayas are a blessing, apart from its geographical significance, the mountains give India an added sense of beauty. India’s mysticism is only further upraised by the giant old natural beauties. Consequently, travel has ample opportunities here, with so much to see, and explore, one cannot possibly have enough of the Hiamlayas. Here are some of its iconic experiences and destinations, listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
For those who don’t know, India is home to 38 World Heritage Sites but not all are as famous as the Taj Mahal. The country ranks sixth in the list of the largest number of heritage sites in the world. There are several cultural sites, natural sites and one mixed site that have been recognised by UNESCO.Here are some of the lesser known UNESCO heritage sites in India that deserve all the attention.
Situated in the mountainous landlocked Indian State of Sikkim, the Khanghendzonga National Park was designated as a UNESCO Mixed Heritage Site in 2016.
Source: Khangchendzonga National Park
The Goecha La pass lies inside Kanchenjunga National Park in India, and provides dazzling views of the famous mountain range at its best. But harsh conditions and tough ascents make this a challenging adventure.
Khangchendzonga National Park: A Peek Into Sikkim’s Magnificence; Uttara Gangopadhyay; Outlook India
A UNESCO World Heritage tagged national park, experience nature at its best in Sikkim’s Kanchenjunga National Park…
Khangchendzonga becomes 11th Biosphere Reserve from India under World Network of Biosphere Reserves; GK Today
In Environment Current Affairs, Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve included in UNESCO designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR)
After a successful government campaign, Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim became India’s first “mixed” world heritage site — recognized by UNESCO for both its natural and cultural significance. But with key stakeholders left out and environmental issues ignored, some wonder whether the United Nations body should be doing far more due diligence.
SIKKIM, India — At 4,000 meters, the landscape of Dzongri in Khangchendzonga National Park in northeastern Indian state of Sikkim is stunning. The snowy peaks of the Khangchendzonga mountain range peer over steep valleys dotted with lakes and temples. In the spring and autumn, tens of thousands of tourists from all over the world visit the park each year to trek. During the frigid winter and harsh summer monsoon season, however, the landscape becomes hostile and unwelcoming.
Mountains, flowers, birds and forests abound in this eastern part of the Himalayas.
If there is one Indian state that is all about the wild outdoors, it has to be Sikkim. A national park around Mt Kanchenjunga (the Khangchendzonga National Park, or KNP, a Unesco world heritage site), seven sanctuaries, 28 important peaks and a designated ecological hot spot. So whichever trek or walk you choose, there will be virgin forests and minimal human interface.
Most of Sikkim lies above 3,000m, with Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the landscape, so you traverse a variety of terrain ranging from sub-tropical, mixed broad-leaf and conifer forests to high alpine meadows. If you are a birdwatcher, you probably know that it’s also home to many varieties of bird species that feed off local flora such as orchids and rhododendrons.
You can try a combination of trekking and cycling here.