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Namchi

The district headquarter of South Sikkim has come into tourist prominence only during the last few years. Previously Namchi used to be considered just a large town with little or no attraction for the tourists. However under the aegis of the Chief Minister of Sikkim, who also happens to be the legislator from the area, Namchi slowly but surely made its mark in the tourism scene of Sikkim.

The attraction of Namchi is partially natural and partially man made. The Chardham Temple on the hill top and the Samdruptse statue, are man made attractions that Indian tourists find quite attractive. Even the Namchi market and its well maintained central park is a good place to spend leisurely hours.

Tourists looking for natural attraction may visit Chemchey, Bhiretar or Temi tea garden. All within an hour’s drive from Namchi.

Getting There

From NJP / Bagdogra Namchi is about 100 kms and about 4 hours drive. It is closer to Kalimpong which is about 50 kms and two and half hours away. Darjeeling through the main road is about 70 kms and 3 hours distance.

Among the different tourist destinations of Sikkim, Namchi is about 90 kms and 4 hours drive from capital Gangtok. The nearest tourist place is Ravangla, just 26 kms away and takes less than an hour to reach. Pelling about 75 kms away takes about 2.5 hours to reach.

Things to see and do

Char Dham

Sri Siddhesvara Dham, popularly known as the Char Dham is an attempt to bring together the most important religious sites of India to one place, in the form of there replicas. The idol of lord Shiva is the largest with a height of 33 meters. It can be seen from neighbouring hills of Sikkim as well as far of Bengal. Indian religious tourists find the place quite attractive, but for international travellers the attraction is limited as the construction is very recent.

Char Dham located at Solophok hill can be reached by vehicle from main market which is about 5 kms away. Last couple of kms to Char Dham is forested area, where birding can be explored to great advantage.

Samdruptse Statue

This is a 36 meter high statue of Guru Padamasambhava. The statue is located about 7 kms away from Namchi town in the opposite direction of Char Dham and on the way towards Ravangla. The place is called Tendong Hill. On a clear day the place offers excellent view of the surrounding mountains.

Ngadok Monastery

This monastery is located close to the Samdruptse statue, its a peaceful place where you can spend a few moments among the chants of the monks in a well maintained and preserved monastery.

Tarey Bhir view point

About 16 kms from Namchi town near the village of Sadam is the location of Tarey Bhir. It is a long ridge that spans east to west with deep gorge on one side. The total length of the steep ridge is about a kilometre. The government here has constructed pedestrian footsteps which you can follow to take the long ridge walk. The views from the top is great with Kalimpong, Teesta Bazar, Rongpo, Tinchuley, Peshok, Ichey Gaon and many other tourist destinations visible from here.

Temi Tea Garden

The only tea garden of Sikkim is located 30 kms from Namchi that is an hours drive. The organic tea garden produces some of the best tea in the region. Temi is a popular tourist destination and there are tourist accommodation available nearby for overnight stay.

IHCAE Chemchey

Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-tourism is located about 15 kms from Namchi. Within the compound there is also a tourist accommodation with great mountain views. Tourists visit the IHCAE compound for panoramic mountain view of the surrounding. There is a nice restaurant here which offers good Indian and continental food.

Google Map of Namchi Area

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