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South Sikkim

South Sikkim is a district in the North Eastern state of Sikkim. The state is divided into four districts based on the four geographical directions of North, East, West and South. The North district comprises of high altitude pastures and tourist destination such as Yumthang and Gurudongmar. The East district is where the capital Gangtok is situated. This also happens to be the most visited tourist destination of the state. West Sikkim is famous for proximity to Kanchenjunga.

South Sikkim is known for a number of smaller tourist destinations. The district headquarter is located at Namchi. The other important tourist destination being Ravangla. There are a number of village tourism destinations in South Sikkim including Borong.

Temi Tea Garden

Temi is the only tea garden in the entire state and is located in the eastern part of South Sikkim. The garden was established in 1969. There is a tourist accommodation in the garden. It is located on a hill slope about 20 kms from Ravangla on the Ravangla – Gangtok highway. The tea garden is part of the itinerary of regular tourists as a sightseeing spot.

Namchi

This is the district headquarter of South Sikkim. The town has come up as a tourist during the last few years. There is a 135 feet tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava on top of the hill. It is known as Samdruptse. The statue can be reached by walking uphill about 2 kms from the main market. About 300 meters east of the Samdruptse is the location of Rock garden, this is a small garden maintained by the forest department. The Chardham of Namchi has also become quite famous in the recent past. The Namchi Central park in the main market is also a nice place to spend an evening.

Ravangla

This is a relatively new tourist spot in south Sikkim. Situated at an elevation of 8000 ft the small picturesque semi town on the Gangtok-Gaysiling highway, Ravangla is becoming a hot destination for its breathtaking landscape and tranquility. more

Weather

Within South Sikkim, you can have varied temperature depending on the altitude of the place. The maximum temperature varies between 17 to 27 degree C. The lower altitude places such as Jorethang are especially wormer. The minimum temperature varies between 2 to 20 degrees in different places with places such as Ravangla and Mainam National Park occasionally witnessing snowfall. Rainfall is mostly concentrated in the Monsoon months of July to September with average rainfall being about 163 cms.

Basic Information

2nd most populous district of Sikkim with Namchi as the district headquarter.

Places of tourist Interest

Namchi
Ravangla
Samdruptse
Borong
Temi Tea Garde

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