Deorali Orchid Sanctuary in Sikkim is renowned for its rare and extensive collection of orchids. The noteworthy feature of the sanctuary is the fact that the orchids in the reserve vary depending upon the change in seasons. Orchids are known for their heady and sensuous fragrance. They are lovely flowers, often found in brilliant colours and beautiful shapes. The tropical, humid climate of the north-east region of India is ideal for these orchids. Orchid lovers will definitely be charmed by the variety and beauty of the orchids in the Deorali Orchid Sanctuary.
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The Deorali Orchid Sanctuary is located adjacent to the Namgyal Institute, Gangtok in Sikkim. Of 454 species of orchids known to exist in the world, 200 species are found in the sanctuary. A visit to the sanctuary, especially during the blooming season, is a treat for your senses. The blooming season extends from months of April to May, July to August and October to November. Besides orchids, about 40 genus of rhododendron are also seen in the sanctuary.
Besides preserving the diversity of orchid species, Deorali Orchid Sanctuary is an ecological hotspot. Deorali Orchid Sanctuary and the Orchidarium, situated off the main road to Rangpo, are the two most important places to visit for orchid aficionados. Along with Kyongnosia Alpine Sanctuary, Deorali forms the two most popular sanctuaries to visit in Sikkim. Kyongnosia Sanctuary is best place to spot some rare, endangered ground orchids and rhododendrons.
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