Neighbourhood Travel Desk: Saramsa Garden is a public garden located in Gangtok, Sikkim. The garden has served a variety of purposes. Initially dedicated to growing fruit for the local colonial officers, it later became known for cultivating the medicinal plant ipecacuanha. For this reason, the garden is also known as Ipecac Garden. Saramsa Garden is located between the hill slopes of Gangtok and Pakyong.
The garden was established in 1922 by the Sikkim Forest Department. Initially established with the main purpose of growing different fruits like pineapple, guava, varieties of oranges and lychee for the British Political officer and the Palace, the garden developed into the main centre for the introduction of fruits. The majority of plants and trees that can be seen growing in the garden at present were introduced from 1975.
The garden has several sections known as blocks. As you enter through the main gate, towards the far right is the nursery and followed by the Convention Center. In front of that is a section with a mini footbridge over a mini pool and a garden full of hedging plants that have been given different shapes.