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Namchi, Sikkim

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It is a ‘Sky-High’ city as the word Namchi translates into. Located at 5500 feet above sea level on a plateau overlooking deep valleys and gorges, Namchi has achieved fame for sightseeing, trekking and religious tours. The stunning valleys that encircle the city have alluring places inviting hikers to explore them. Then there are the attractively built various religious places within the city attracting devotees. This city apart from being a good tourist place is spiritual, religious, divine, and the myth about princess Pende Ongmoo’s haunting spirit makes Namchi more interesting and mystical. Every year during October, Namche tourism, culture and food festival is held. September to November and February to March is the best time to visit Namche. It is located about 77 kilometres from Gangtok, the state capital. The nearest rail link is New Jalpaiguri about 95 kilometres away. Bagdogra is the nearest airport about 100 kilometres away.
Namchi

Nearby Places to See

Samdruptse
This hilltop located about 5 kilometres away among thick forest growth, has a 118 feet tall statue of Padmasambhava, the Buddhist sage also known as Rinpoche. The statue, in a seated position, is coated with gold from the neck above. It needs some climbing to reach the statue from the vehicle parking place. From Samdruptse, a ropeway connection exists to the rock garden in Namchi.
Samdruptse
Ngadak Monastery
This monastery built during the 17th century is located on a hilltop about 4 kilometres away from the city. The quiet surroundings are a great place to meditate. It is one of the oldest monasteries of the south Sikkim region.
Tendong Hill
Tendong Hill
With a peak at more than 8500 feet above sea level, Tendong hill is a fascinating place to hike and enjoy the trail in the forests. It takes about 3 hours to complete the trek. Tendong Gumpa is on the summit of this holy hill that the locals worship. This 255 hectare land is also a state biodiversity park.
Chardham Temple
Also known as Siddheshwar Dham, it was built by the Sikkim government to promote religious tourism in 2011. The magnificent enclave consists of replicas of temples of Char dhams, 12 jyotirlingas, and a 108 feet tall beautiful and glowing statue of Bhagawan Shiva. The temple is located a couple of kilometres away from the city. Sai Mandir, built in 2010 is also another attractive structure that deserves a visit.
Chardham Temple
Buddha Park
Buddha Park
This attractively built park is located at Ravangla about 25 kilometres from Namchi. The park has a statue of Buddha about 90 feet tall (including the 20 feet tall pedestal). This idol is placed on a large base which is about 35 feet tall. Overall, the 125 feet tall mammoth statue with the Himalayan mountains as a backdrop makes up a great sight and tourist spot.
Tirikhola Waterfall
Located on the outskirts of the city at about 5 kilometres distance, this three-tiered waterfall is about 100 feet in height. In fact, it is a twin waterfall with another waterfall by the side of the main waterfall with the same height but less water flow.
Ralang Monastery
Temi Tea Garden
Temi Tea Garden
It is the only tea garden in the state of Sikkim and it is the most famous tea garden in India and the world. Maintained since 1969 by the Sikkim government, the 440 acres tea garden produces the best tea powder that has international demand.
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