Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary
Adjoining the Changu Lake, the 400ha Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary is at a distance of 36km from Gangtok. This highland sanctuary supports a fascinating array of rhododendrons, primroses, poppies and a variety of wild flowers.
This park is situated in an area of about 400 hectares around Changu Lake.
The sanctuary is rich both in flora and fauna. Rare, endangered ground orchids and rhododendrons interspersed among tall junipers and taller silver firs are among the important plants present. Rhododendron nevium the State Tree of Sikkim and Cypripedium tibeticum the ground slipper orchid on the verge of extinction have been introduced here.
The area is snow covered often upto May when primulas pop up through the snow and rhododendrons come into bud. By June July they are in full bloom. Flowering succession by the many species continues right through to October when Polygonum is the last to flower, dries up. First snowfall is normally by December - January.
Best Season to Visit
April - August and October - November.