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The places to visit are:
4. Tendong Hill
5. Temi Tea Garden
6. Maenam Hill
9. Phur Tsa Chu
10. Phensang Monastery
Distance - 72 km ( from Gangtok )
It is near Namchi in South Sikkim in Samdruptse which means in
Bhutia language “The Wish Fulfilling Hill”. A 135 ft unique
statue of Guru Padmasambhava is installed at the top of
Samdruptse. His Holiness The Dalai Lama laid the foundation
stone of the statue on 22.10.1997. Is is said to be the highest
statue of Guru Padmasambhava in the world. It took 1000 laborers
and scores of experienced engineers and highly skilled
architects and sculptors nearly three years to complete this awe
inspiring and towering statue. A two section Ropeway from Namchi
to Samdruptse in under construction. It will pass through the
Rock Garden, Namchi.
Distance - 78 km ( from Gangtok ) ; 100 km ( from Siliguri )
Altitude - 4300 ft.
Meaning Sky High, nested among the hills commands panoramic view
of the Darjeeling, Kalimpong and snow-capped mountains and vast
stretches of valley. A Good place for quite short stay and
village excursions. This district headquarters town of South
Sikkim is neat, clean and developing fast into a tourist
destination with it's immense potential for all round tourist
Flower exhibitions are organized twice a year at Namchi during
the months of February – March and October.
Distance - 65 km ( from Gangtok )
Altitude - ft.
A small town situated on the ridge between the Meanam and
Tendong hills. An ideal place
for quiet stay to enjoy natural
bliss and short treks. Surrounding villages of Yangang, Tinkitam,
Kewzing, Barfung & Bakhim are ideal for short stays in the homes
of the villagers. Situated in the southern part of Sikkim, a
perfect destination for village tourism, flora and fauna,
mountains, waterfalls, tea gardens, quaint villages, local
Sikkimese people, culture, monasteries and fresh cold winds.
Very verdant with monasteries around Rabongla, old historical
market of Kewzing, Bonn Monastery, Ralong Monastery, Borong Hot
springs, Maenam Peak at 10300 ft holding breathtaking views of
Sikkimese Himalayas. For nature ,village tours, caves, rich
forests, soft treks, its all there in this zone.
4. Tendong Hill:
Altitude - 8530 ft.
One of the more prominent landmarks of South Sikkim, Tendong is
immersed in myths and lore passed down through generations of
the ethnic Lepchas. It gets its name, meaning "the upraised
horn" from the Lepcha lore that when their land was submerged in
water, Tendong supported a boat containing some people and rose
up like a horn above the flood waters. When the water subsided,
so did Tendong. To this day, a monk leaves for the Tendong
hilltop with the arrival of monsoons. He stays there throughout
the rains, praying that the calamity does not repeat.
5. Temi Tea Garden:
The one and only tea garden in Sikkim produces top quality tea
for the international market. The garden spread out on gentle
hill slop provides panoramic views.
6. Maenam Hill:
The Hill towers over South Sikkim with Tendong on one side and
Ravangla Bazaar on the other. On a clear day, it is even
possible to see the plains of West Bengal and a Himalayan span
of the Indo-China border towards the North. A short distance
away is the legendary Bhaley Dunga, a kind of rocky spur which
juts out from the ridge top and remains suspended in the air
above Yangang Village. The trek to Meanam from Ravangla takes
about 4 hours and from Maenam hilltop one has the option to take
the gentle walk down to Borong village or the more treacherous
trails taken by the famous British Botanist, Sir Joseph Hooker,
down to Yangang village.
Facing snow-caped mountains in Borong, motorable from Ravangla
or by trek via Maenam. A picturesque village, its beautiful
landscape and magnificient view is also host to the hot spring,
‘Borong Tsachu’. The trek trail, originating from Namchi or
Damthang to Tendong-Ravangla Maenam - Borong (5-6 days) is one
of the most interesting trails scaling all hill tops along the
route. The trekker can continue to Tashiding or terminate at
Borong and then drive back to Ravangla.
Located on the banks of river Rangeet in a natural surrounding
is an excellent fishing spot and river campsite.
9. Phur-Tsa-chu (Hot Springs):
Note - Best visited during Dec-March. Ideal spot for bird
watching and butterflies.
At 4 kms from Legship towards Naya Bazaar on the banks or river
Rangit, there lies Hot Springs and its of great medicinal values
as well as of religious importance as it houses one of the four
holy caves of Sikkim. Together one can also avail the facility
of rafting down the Rangeet River.
10. Phensong Monastery:
Built in - 1840
This monastery in North Sikkim was built during the time of Jigme Pawo. Belonging to the Nyingmapa order, this monastery,
first established in 1840, stands testimony to the dedication of
its monks who reconstructed the monastery within a year after it
was burnt down in 1947.
The monastery is situated on a gentle slope stretching fom Kabi
to Phodong in north Sikkim. There are around 300 monks under the
monastery and is famous for the main annual Chaam (monk dance)
performed on the 28th & 29th days of the tenth month of the
Tibetan Calendar which normally corresponds to the month of
December. Its name translates as "The excellent Banner" or "Good