Facts and History
It is the third highest mountain in India with an elevation of 28,169 ft. and is a part of the Himalayas. It is located between the boundary separating the Indian state of Sikkim and Nepal. It is named as the Five Treasures of Snow after its five high peaks and was often being worshipped by the people of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Kanchenjunga peak is next to Mt. Everest. The first climbers were George Band and Joe Brown who were part of the British expedition. Its boundary landscape is shared by Bhutan, India, China and Nepal.
Trek to Kanchenjunga region
The Famous views of the Kanchenjunga region are visible from the hill station Darjeeling. The Darjeeling War Memorial is the spot from where the Kanchenjunga peak is observed. Due to the fact that most of the region of Kanchenjunga is falling in Nepal; it is hard to get the permission for the trekkers to trek. However, in the Sikkim region, recently the permission is being given and trek lovers can enjoy trekking. The Goecha la Trek is among the popular treks for tourists coming in. This trek goes to Goecha La Pass. Another trek to Green Lake Basin is also open and it goes to the northern side of Kanchenjunga along the famous Zemu Glacier.
Places to visit nearby Kanchenjunga
- Sumendu Lake: One of the sightseeing spots which is 18 kms from Kanchenjunga region is Sumendu Lake. It is located in Mirik and often, called the heart of Mirik. You can enjoy boating in the lake or go for horse riding around it. The lake has a beautiful garden on one side and pine trees on the other. The lake is 1.5 km long and encircled by a 3.5 km long road suitable for walking. The boats can be hired for 30 minutes to 1 hour. In the middle of the lake there exists a floating fountain.
- Jaldapara National Park: If you are a nature and wildlife lover then this is a must visit. The river Torsha flows here. The national park is known for Rhinos and holds the maximum number of Rhinos population in India. Other animals which can be watched in the national park are elephants, Bengal Tigers, Sāmbhar, deer, spotted deer, barking deer, bisons and wild pigs. Another opportunity is for bird watching at Jaldapara. You can see majestic flight of Hornbill, Asian Paradise Fycatcher and Racket-Tailed Drongo.
- Shrubbery Nightingale Park: It is one of the most beautiful parks for the public in Darjeeling. It is an ideal spot for enjoying the snow peaks of Eastern Himalayas. During the tourist’s season, the Nepali cultural programs like local dances are held almost every day in the evening. It is a famous spot for Bollywood film shootings and there is the statue of Lord Shiva in the park which is being worshipped by the local people. There is a nominal admission fee to enter the park and use its amenities.