The 1,78,400 ha Khanchendzonga National Park in Sikkim has been listed by UNESCO in 2016 as the first mixed World Heritage Site (natural and cultural heritage). It was selected for the unique diversity of its plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and spectacular snowcapped mountains including Khanchendzonga, the world’s third highest peak and its ancient forests. The area is replete with mythological stories associated with mountains, caves, lakes and rivers, all of which are worshipped by the indigenous people of Sikkim. Integrated with Buddhist beliefs, the sacred stories give an identity to the people of Sikkim.