Located amidst lush green surrounding, Ban Jhakri is famous for its waterfall and energy parks. You can have a relaxed time here , clicking pictures and dipping your foot in the water. Also a nice place to visit for kids.
When to visit:
january - february . october - december
Ban Jhakri means 'Jungle Priest' or in some definition 'Jungle Magician'. Ban Jhakri is a 100-foot waterfall is located in forested area at about 7kms from Gangtok town and close to Ranka Monastery. There are paved pathways and footbridge around the park and is famous as a picnic spot where paddle boating can also be done.
There is a manmade lake here with a dragon at the center. Themed on Shaman culture, this park is famous for Sikkimese architecture. This park is also known as the Energy Park because of its use of non conventional energy like solar. There are slides and swings in the park that generate power when used by the children.
The Nepali folklore says that the first Jhakri or Shaman acquired the power of mastering the evil spirits from the gods. However he required to identify the right boys and teach the technique secretly in his forest cave.