Namchi often known as the Culture Capital of Sikkim is a fast developing place in South Sikkim. The place is notorious for religious pilgrimage and a coveted cultural hub of the tourists.
Namchi, meaning “sky-high” reflects its name standing tall and high at the elevation of 5,500 ft. A tour to Namchi will fulfill the lusts of a pilgrim, an adventure seeker and to the one who is looking forward for the tranquil ambiance.
Dear Explorers! If you are looking forward to going for a pilgrimage, as well as dying to experience the element of adrenaline rush by standing on the edge of the cliffs, then Namchi is an ideal place for you to delve into. So, kindly note the list of 12 must visit Namchi Sightseeing hubs that you should not miss.
Make your Namchi Sikkim sightseeing a memorable one by visiting the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a must visit hub for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts as well as peace-seeking souls. Spread over an area of 3500 hectares, it is a habitat for numerous medicinal plants and herbs. The sanctuary has the Red Panda, Barking Deer, and Leopard. Birds like common hill partridge, magpies, black eagle and the Blood pheasant are found in this Wildlife Sanctuary. Near the end of the wildlife; there exists the Maenam Gumpa. A beautiful stream flows through the mountainous region later merging into the Teesta River.
2. Ralang Monastery:
The monastery is abode to over a hundred monks and is also known to be the home to beautiful paintings. The annual festival, Pang Lhabsol is celebrated here and the monastery lights up more than it already is; to embrace the festival. Be blessed by spending some time in silent prayers at the most sacred monastery of Sikkim during your Namchi tour. This monastery is truly the epitome of Buddhist culture and is a must visit to experience the local way of life.
3. Guru Padmasambhava Statue, Samdruptse Hill:
The word “Samdruptse” means “wish-fulfilling hill” in Bhutia language. As you enter the gate, witness the prayer flag fluttering with the direction of cool air, and listen to the soul soothing Buddhist hymn, enthralling enough to heal your soul. On Samdruptse Hill, stands a 45m tall giant statue of Guru Padmasambhava, gazing upon the town across the hills, sparkling in the sun, covered in shimmering gold. The backdrop is exhilarating across and the statue can be seen from across many places in Sikkim, Darjeeling, and Kalimpong.
4. Solophok Chardham in Namchi:
Chardham established on the top the Solophok Hill is one of the most sacred pilgrim centers in Sikkim. Witness an 87ft long statue of Shiva encircled by a replica of 12 Jyotirlingas while taking a trip to Chardham. Chardham temple in Namchi includes other religious sites like Sai Baba Temple, Kirat Dwar, Kirateshwar Statue besides Nandi bull, Sai Dwar, Sai Temple, Shiv Dwar and Musical fountain.
Apart from providing a unique religious and cultural ambiance, the temple is a major tourist hub at National and International level.
5. Ngadak Monastery:
This monastery is constructed under the reign of the Chogyal Grurmed Naamgyal. The meaning of the word Ngadak is “promise”. Ngadak Monastery is about 2 km from Namchi town. Take a stroll for about 150 yards to reach the monastery because visitors’ cars are usually not allowed right up to the monastery. The prayer flags welcome the tourists while they enter inside the complex. Spend some time in wonderful ambiance in Sikkim’s oldest monastery before you return.
6. Namchi Helipad:
Namchi Helipad area is a wonderful open space with a large roundabout. Keeping the Helipad on your left, look up to your right and you can see the gigantic statue of Shiva on a hilltop that is the famous Chardham. The helipad area is ideal for your Namchi Tour for getting panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga snow peaks. From here you can get the sweeping views of Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills as well as the lower plains of Bengal.
7. Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir and Pilgrimage Centre:
It is the first Sai Baba temple established in the whole of Sikkim. It is located at a distance of 10 minutes from the helipad at Asangthang, Namchi. It was established by Shirdi Sai Baba Trust of South Sikkim under the patronage of Government of Sikkim Tourism. The temple is a striking complex with garden setting with an awesome architecture with sophisticated work all around. The statue of Shirdi Sai Baba is kept on an elevated platform at the end of the large hall with blue décor and hue. Paintings and sculptures of many gods and goddesses around the walls are captivating.
8. Central Park:
While crossing through Namchi Bazaar and township, you will come across the Central Park. So, create memories of your Namchi sightseeing tour by stopping for a while at Central Park. As the name suggests, it is located in a central location in Namchi. However, this is not a large parkland area. It is like a public square.
9. Namchi Rock Garden:
It is a perfect place to blend with nature with a peaceful ambiance. But, you need to walk down through flights of stairs and then a paved pathway which seems easy as you go down to visit the rock garden. However, the landscaped garden below is quite fascinating. There are water bodies, a pavilion, tiny arched bridge, varieties of rare flowers and plants, slides and swings for children, benches to relax and immerse in the allure of captivating backdrop of nature.
10. Temi Tea Garden:
Temi Tea Garden is located at distance of 18kms from Namchi. It spreads across 44o acres of land on the gradual hill slope. So capture the moments through your lens of the lush green slopes during your tour at Namchi. This is the only tea garden of Sikkim owned by the State Government. The tea garden produces about 100 tons of tea annually. The tea produced from this garden is of the finest quality and commands high prices in the world market.
11. Tarey Bhir:
The word “Bhir” means cliff in local Nepali language. Walk along the ridge of Tarey Bhir if you love the natural thrill. Tarey Bhir is an amazing point of attraction located in a beautiful place near a rural hamlet called Sadam, which is about 18 km away from Namchi. The length of the ridge is around 10,000 ft with a breath taking viewpoint at the edge from where people can get spectacular views of the river valleys, lush green forests, panoramic view of the confluence of the two rivers Teesta and Rangeet.
12. Buddha Park:
Another lovely place is Buddha Park, which is located 30kms from Namchi town. The area of this parkland is spread over 23 acres with a gigantic sitting statue of Buddha which is 137ft tall and the face of the statue is coated with 3.5 kgs of gold. It is the tallest metal statue of Buddha in the world. The idol has been set up on a hillock. The park with paved pathways and enclosed by mountains and forests appears captivating.
Transportation options for Namchi Sightseeing Tour:
Railways: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. It is well connected to most of the major cities in India.
NH31 the lifeline of Sikkim connects Gangtok with Siliguri. Regular bus services from Siliguri to Namchi are operated by S.N.T and an adequate number of private buses, jeeps and taxis are available from morning to evening. You can also hire a taxi and jeeps if you are traveling with kids or with a group.
Sikkim is well connected by airways, railways, and roadways. The car rental service for Namchi sightseeing is available. The indicative taxi fare from Gangtok to Namchi is INR 3500 for a small car, INR 4000 for Bolero/Max/Sumo, and INR 4500 for Xylo.
Airways: Sikkim Tourism is proud to present the Sikkim Helicopter service from Gangtok to Bagdogra and back.