Pakyong is a gorgeous little town situated at the foothills of Himalayas in the eastern side of Sikkim. Well connected both to Gangtok and Rangpo, Pakyong is known for its salubrious climate that helps strive diverse range of flora and fauna in the region. If you’re all for mountains and verdant greenery, and get excited at the idea of waking up to the chirping of birds, this lesser explored region of Sikkim is ideal for you.
The first place you should visit in Pakyong (if you’re up for some sight-seeing) is the Saramsa Garden. It is a perfect leisure garden to have a picnic with your close ones. Set up by the Sikkim Forest Department back in the year 1922, it is now a major crowd puller in the town.
The Sikkim Science Centre too is worth a visit. It was established by the Sikkim State Council of Science and Technology along with the National Council of Science Museums, Government of India, with the motive of catering to the children. Therefore, little ones really enjoy here given there are fun ways to learn at the Children’s Corner inside the museum. There are other sections and galleries as well such as Unique Humankind Gallery, Fun Science Gallery and Science Park.
It’s safe to say that Sikkim has some of the most beautiful monasteries. And Rumtek Monastery in Pakyong is one of the most famous among them. A trip to Sikkim is considered incomplete if one misses out on visiting this incredible monastery. This is an absolutely gorgeous looking shrine where one can watch Buddhist monks go about their business in their natural environs.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is another beautiful public garden located in close proximity to the Rumtek Monastery. The garden is home to a wide variety of orchids and oak trees. The place is so green and clean that you’ll fall in love with it instantly.
Some other attractions in Pakyong that you must make time for are the Shivalaya Temple, Pacheykhani Cave, Changey Monastery, Devi Mandir, Karthok Monastery and Monks’ Retreat Centre.