The district of South Sikkim is one of the fast developing destinations. Few of the places like Namchi is gradually developing into a tourist center and the tourist infrastructure are being developed fast. Two most popular sites are Tendong Hill and Maenam hill. These are scenic places along with options of short treks. Ruins, waterfalls, parks, angling sites, forest with wildlife, beautiful lakes and quaint villages are some of the options guest can indulge in. Scenic beauty in and around this place are abundant and is gradually becoming a tourist hotspot in Sikkim. The town of Namchi is a perfect destination for vacations in quest of enchantment and leisure; it is also has the options for short trails and walk. Namchi is situated among the hills at an elevation of approximately 1676 meters. The place commands panoramic view of the snow capped mountains, the greenery and vast stretches of valley. Ravangla Borong, Temi Tea Garden, Samdruptse Rock Garden, Sikip, Phur tsa chu, Flower festival at Namchi, Bon monastery, Bakhim, Chardham pilgrimage centre, Solophok are few places in South Sikkim. Recently build a 36 meters high statue of Guru Rimpoche, known as the patron saint of Sikkim. This is perhaps the tallest statue of the saint.
Most Popular Places in South Sikkim
Namchi, Sikkim : 78 kms from Gangtok, Namchi, literally translating as ‘top of the sky’ is the South district headquarters and fast emerging as a tourist destination. Set in a picturesque location, Namchi offers an unmatched view of the Khangchendzonga range and the Rangit valley. Here you can visit the SherdupChoeling Monastery and the DichenChoeling monastery. Around two kms from Namchi is the old Ngadak monastery which is now being renovated. Situated on a hill just above Ngadak monastery is the very attractive Rock Garden, which is full of rare flowers and plants and also offers breathtakingly beautiful views.
Namchi Rock Garden : Water falls is spectacular in summer that attract many falls lovers, The power station by name Karchen Power house is the oldest in west Sikkim which was made in early 70s during the last kings government which successfully supplied energy to the most villages and towns of West Sikkim including Gazing ,Tigjuck and Pelling. River is beautiful and breath taking. But it is only in the winter when river water decreases and becomes gentle the tourists with families go right inside the river bank and enjoy river and local children are found doing sweepings during . Fishing is common activity of the locals all through the year.
Phur Tsa Chu : Situated on the bank of River Rangeet is the hot spring 'PhurTsa Chu', half an hour drive from Legship and one hour drive from Jorethang. Pilgrims from all walks of life come to dip in this hot spring during the month of January to March.
Samdrupste :literally means 'wish fulfilling hill' in the Bhutia language. Situated near Namchi in South Sikkim, it is at a distance of 75 kms from Gangtok. A unique, awe inspiring and gigangtic 135 feet high statue of Guru Padamasambhava is installed atop Sampruptse. It is the highest statue of Guru Padamasambhava in the world. His Holiness the Dalai Lama laid the foundation stone of the statue in October 1997. It took nearly three years to complete the statue.
Chardham : This unique Pilgrim Centre has a main temple of 108 feet height on which is based the 87 feet high statue of Lord Shiva on the sitting posture at the Solophok Hill. Apart from Shiva statue, this Pilgrim Centre also has replicas of the twelve Jyotirlingas, to offer one platform for Shiva devotees.
Tendong Hill : Above Damthang, overlooking Namchi, there is a small flat stretch ofland at an altitude of 8,530 ft surrounded by lush green ancient forest which is popularly known as Tendong Hill. Historically, this has been a place to rest for Buddhist Lamas who spent years in meditation amidst the silent scenic grandeur.
Ravangla : Ravangla is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Sikkim. At an altitude of 7000 ft, located on a ridge between Maenam and Tendong Hill, Ravangla offers unmatched views of the Greater Himalayas. The beauty of its landscape and its location as a transit point to nearby destinations has made Ravangla a must-visit place. Ravangla stages the Pang Lhabsol festival in a grand manner every year around August-September. The festivities last for three days, culminating in the traditional dances known as ‘Chaam’ on the last day.
Buddha Park :2006 marked the 2550th birth anniversary of Lord Gautama Buddha. The state government in a policy decision had decided to observe the birth anniversary throughout the year in Sikkim. As a part of the celebrations, an initiative was taken by the people of Rabong to construct and install a statue of Lord Buddha at Rabong ,to commemorate the 2550th year, and also to develop the Buddhist Circuit in Sikkim.
Tinkitam Hill : This charming village is the home of Indian Soccer Captain, BaichungBhutia. Located 6 kms from Ravangla, Tinkitam is worth a visit. The area is also the natural habitat of a rare species of orchid, PaphiopedilumFaireanum or ladys slipper as it is commonly known. Unlike most wild orchids which grow on trees, this orchid is terrestrial and flowers in October-November.
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