Butterfly Effect: Sikkim’s Flying Pearls

butterfly effect sikkims flying pearls

One of the many reasons why you should travel to Sikkim is its rich butterfly biodiversity. From the iconic Kaiser-i-Hind to the recently discovered small woodbrown butterfly, the North-Eastern state is home to 50 percent of butterflies recorded from the Indian subcontinent. With as many as 700 species of butterfly adorning its gorgeous landscapes, the state is a paradise for nature lovers and botany buffs. The best season to watch butterflies begins from April and lasts till September.

The varying altitudes of the Himalayan state make scope for the tropical species as well as for the high-altitude cold desert species of butterfly, to usher. The Tholung Valley makes for a perfect case in point. Within 30km of this majestic valley, the altitude rises from 600m to 5,500m. Due to this steepness of the mountains and suitable geographical and climatic conditions, Sikkim is blessed with myriad butterflies.

Being covered with snow for about 4 to 8 months, 40 percent of Sikkim’s total area is almost inhabitable for any living species. Fortunately, 30 percent of the total area is occupied by altitude zone from about 200m to 1,800m. It is here that more than 75 percent of the state’s butterflies are found…

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