Pakyong is a town in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The small town is also Sub Division of East District and holds many government offices. Pakyong used to be a small settlement until the central government approved a new greenfield airport to be constructed by Punj Lloyd. The town has a missionary run school called St. Xavier's, which ranked as one of the top two schools in Sikkim during the 1990s. Notable among its alumni are the Padmashri awardee footballer Baichung Bhutia. The "National Research Centre for Orchids", (ICAR Institute) is also located in the town. The town is well connected to all major parts of Sikkim and its neighbouring states.Good number of taxi services to Gangtok, Kalimpong, Rhenock, jorethang and Siliguri are available. Direct taxis services to Kalimpong and Siliguri are available usually before 9:00 AM and they usually ply back home by evening; hence the early timings. However, taxis to local destinations like Gangtok and Ranipool are available all day at nominal fees. For a more personalised and comfortable option, taxis could be reserved to go to other non-serviced towns such as Darjeeling, Kurseong, Changu etc. Pakyong is connected to the rest of India by an all-weather metalled highway, NH-31A which runs from Siliguri to Gangtok. The NH-31A can be accessed from Pakyong at Ranipool (18 km) or at Rangpo (26 km). The total distance from Pakyong to Siliguri is 120 km. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, 16 km (9.9 mi) from Siliguri. Although Sikkim does not have an airport yet, it is linked to Bagdogra airport, near Siliguri, via a regular helicopter service, the Sikkim Helicopter Service from Gangtok. Pakyong Greenfield Airport is currently under construction. The attractions in Pakyong are the Dikling mane-lakhang, Shivalaya temple, Pacheykhani cave, Changey monastery, Devi Mandir,Karthok monastery and Monks’ Retreat Centre.Wednesday Bazar 'hart' is a popular local attraction.The construction of greenfield airport is also another site that people from outside come and see. RDD complex is the best place to visit in winter with pine trees surrounded and a small park with a frost chilling cold.Also one can go for treeking to Jhandi dara,which is located at top most part of Pakyong and see the amazing view from there.It is around three hours journey by foot from main town. Noab gaon a place near pakyong is also called the virgin valley and is the hill whose top is british killa. The rdd complex also lies in the area of virgin valley.

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