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South Sikkim Photos & Description

About South Sikkim

South Sikkim is south district in Sikkim. South Sikkim is a district in the North Eastern state of Sikkim. he other important tourist destination being Ravangla. There are a number of village tourism destinations in South Sikkim including Borong. South Sikkim can be an ideal location for travelers looking for new destinations, which are yet to be captured by the typical modern tourism concepts.

South Sikkim Major Place to Visit

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Namchi

Namchi is the district headquarter of South Sikkim district. Namchi is situated at an altitude of 5500 feet above sea level. It is situated at a distance of 78 kilometres from Gangtok and 100 kilometres from Siliguri. Namchi is a tourist spot and pilgrimage centre. The Namchi Monastery, Ralang Monastery and Tendong Hill are local Buddhist pilgrimage centres. The world's largest statue (at 118 feet) of the Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim, is on the Samdruptse hill (The Wish Fulfilling hill) opposite Namchi. There is also a Rock Garden a few kilometers from the town on the way to Samdruptse. The area has views of Mt. Kanchendzonga, aka Mt. Kangchenjunga, the world's third highest peak.

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Temi Tea Garden

The Temi Tea Garden in Temi which was established in 1969 by the Government of Sikkim is located in South Sikkim. It is the only tea garden in Sikkim and considered one of the best in India and in the world. Top quality tea is produced, which is in demand in the international market. The garden is laid over a gradually sloping hill. The tea produced in this garden is also partly marketed under the trade name “Temi Tea”. A visit to the garden, enroute to the Tendong Hill, could be a rewarding experience for those who want to cornbine nature and culture as they keep trekking.

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Ravangla

Ravangla is a small tourist town situated at an altitude of 7000 feet in South Sikkim. It is approximately 65 kilometres away from Gangtok and 120 km away from Siliguri. . It acts as the starting point for the trek to Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also an transit point for trekkers to Menam Hill and Borong. There are accomodation facilities and numerous short nature trails. A trek down to the sacred cave 'Shar Chok Bephu', one of the four holiest caves in Sikkim, would be a memorable experience.

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