Parks in GangtokThe capital town Gangtok is a naturally beautiful place. Tourists would be bound to the natural and green beauty of the place. There are some interesting parks in Gangtok known to possess extreme scenic beauty. The green surroundings and the natural vegetation of parks in Gangtok give it an exotic look. Some of the important parks in Gangtok like Himalayan Zoological Park, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Park and Sikkim Dear Park are must visit tourist destinations of the city.
Himalayan Zoological Park
Wildlife in the parkThe Himalayan Zoological Park is home to various animals that include the red panda or cat bear, state animal of Sikkim, panther or common leopard, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan palm civet, Tibetan wolf, common langur, Goral spotted deer, barking deer and leopard cat. There is also high altitude pheasants kept in simulated natural environment.
Tourist Activities in the parkThere are picnic spots, watch towers and lawns in the park for the convenience of the tourists to enjoy the park. From time to time wildlife educational programmes are conducted in the park specially during the Wildlife Week in October every year. The best time to travel to the park is from February to May and September to December.
Sikkim Deer ParkAlso known as Rustamji park, the Sikkim Deer Park is located on a ridge at the side of the New Secretariat in Gangtok. The park was established in 1950s and was named after Rustamji who was one amongst the dewans of the Chogyal of Sikkim.
Attractions of the parkAs per the name, the Sikkim Deer Park is the home
to several species of deer. These deer in the park are brought from other parts of
Sikkim as well as the neighboring states. Different species of deer are kept in the open enclosure in the park. There are also cages for red panda Himalayan bear and other animals. From the peak of the park tourists can have a view of the nearby hills. A huge statue of Buddha could be seen in the park. It is said that the park has been built to commemorate Buddha’s reincarnation as a musk deer.
Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Park
One of the important tourist destinations of Gangtok, the Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Park was established in 1987. The park is situated at an altitude ranging from of 1800-2200 metres and is situated adjoining the Rumtek Monastery and the Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary. The park comprises of virgin temperate forests of oaks. As many as 50 varieties of tree species are found in the park.