Places of Interest

1) Saramsa Garden
This recreational garden is the best place to spend leisurely time with your loved ones, at a distance of about 11 km from the town of Pakyong and the nearby Ranipool. Established in 1922, this garden is highly favoured by romantic couples to spend some time together. The Sikkim Forest Department used it to grow fruits for the Namgyal Royal Family and the British political officers of those times. Numerous fruit trees like pineapple, lychee, guava, banana and orange were grown with pleasure by the forest manager, Rai Saheb Bahadur Pradhan. During 1940, the Cephaelis Ipecacuanha, which is a medicinal plant, was brought into focus. It was of great importance as it was transferred all the way from Malaysia for the production of ‘Emetine’ which is an alkaloid used in medical research. Thus, the Saramsa Garden is also known as ‘Ipeca Garden’. The State Government of Sikkim organized the first International Flori Show in the Saramsa Garden, in the year 2008. A convention centre was also built for the purpose of holding private meetings and functions. The garden has been segregated into several sections known as blocks. On entering via the main gate, to the extreme right is the nursery and then shall come the convention centre. In front of that, you can catch a glimpse of a mini footbridge over a mini pool as well as a garden full of plants with exciting shapes.