National Research Centre for Orchids was established by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) during VIIIth Five Year Plan at Pakyong, Sikkim since October 1996.
Library:The library of the centre has a collection of about 1100 books. The library information system has been enriched with the subscription of several national and international journals, magazines and reports of horticultural importance.
The laboratory cum administrative building, two fibre houses, 15 medium cost polyhouses with micro-irrigation system, four net houses and four low cost polyhouses have been constructed on sloppy land for different experimental and conservation purpose. The centre is also equipped with automatic weather station to assist in carrying out research in different disciplines. Orchid sanctuary has been created on 4 acres of farmland covered with different species of trees for ex-situ conservation. The basic facilities like tissue culture laboratories and equipped genetics laboratories are available at this centre.