Nestled in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas, nature has blessed Sikkim with rich flora and fauna which has attracted tourists from around the globe to this landlocked state. Located 22km from Gangtok on the road to Rumtek Monastery is a one of the popular tourist destination, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden. Rumtek Monastery is the largest monastery of Sikkim where the monks perform sacred rituals and practices of Karma Kagyu lineage. Established in 1987, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is a scenically blessed lush green expanse of land which has mesmerized the visitor with its astounding beauty. The verdant green patch of land is maintained by the Forest Department of the Government of Sikkim under its unit of Parks and Gardens.
Surrounded by lofty mountains Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden has a collection of about 1.5 lakh ornamental plants and a huge collection of oak varieties making Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden a paradise for botany enthusiast traveling to Sikkim.The big selection of plants and flowers is commonly thought to be the result of variation of altitude from 1800 mts to 2200 mts. The Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is a mixture of well-nursed tropical and temperate plants. A huge greenhouse has been erected in the garden, where different varieties of Orchids are grown. The botanical garden has something to offer for each age group and with the intention of amusement for children, a small recreational area has been made in the company of merry-go-round, swings and see-saw. There are several gardens within the Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden along with some enchanting water fall which add up to the beauty of Himalayan flora sprawled across the Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden. In the mountainous region of Sikkim, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is certainly a relishing treat for plant lovers. In general terms, the garden has been able to retain the position of an ideal picnic spot. The hilltop of Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Park offers an astounding view of the bustling town Gangtok along with astounding figure of the majestic snow capped Himalayan Range looming over the horizon, it’s a sight which have left tourist spell bound by the beauty of Himalayan Region. From slow relaxing walk amidst the lush forest of pine and oak trees to seeing the astounding collection of vibrant Himalayan flora, the beauty of Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden never cease to amaze the visitors but there is more. A quaint lake resides at the edge of the Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden where visitors can relish in the serene ambiance through boating in the lake. Housing vast collection of rare flora while being dotted with lush forest, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden has become a retreat for the nature lovers from the hassle of mundane life.
Take a stroll through the green meadow dotted with numerous alpine trees, while being mesmerized by the vibrant color riot of orchids and exotic Himalayan flora and learning more about the vast collection of flora found in Himalayan region during a visit to Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden.There is no end to the goodness of nature and you see the glimpse of pristine nature in Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden.
The best time to visit Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is considered between the months of March to late May when the garden is bursting with the vibrant color of blooming flowers and from October to Mid-December to catch an unparalleled view of surrounding valleys and snow capped mountains.
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