(Last Updated on : 29-10-2014)
The Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary is located around 31kms from Gangtok
. The sanctuary covers an area of around 31sq.kms and is situated beside the Changu Lake
and the Tsomgo Lake. The height of the sanctuary varies from place to place and mostly ranges between 3292m to 4116m. The sanctuary is the perfect place for trekking and is thus visited by many trekkers every year. The time period between the months of October-November is the ideal time for visiting the place.
Flora and Fauna of Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary
The Alpine Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. It comprises of various rare species of plants and trees that are not visible in other places. Some of the common species of vegetation seen here are tall juniper, rhododendron, silver fir, orchid, primulas, gentians, wild strawberries, rare panax, irises etc. The sanctuary also has various species of medicinal plants like Nilo Bikh, Kutki, Jatamasi, etc. Various types animals can also be seen in Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary like Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Blood Pheasant, Leopard, Red Panda
, Common Langur, Himalayan Marmot, Serow, Yellow throated Martens Weasel, Lesser Cats, Satyr Tragopan etc.
The sanctuary also has various residential as well as migratory birds. Some of the common birds that are seen here are Monal Pheasant, Laughing Thrushes, Satyr, Snow Partridges, Redbilled Choughs, Redstarts, Rose Finches, Tragopan, Kestrel, Firetailed Sunbirds, Forktails and many more.
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