Namchi means “top of the sky” in the local Bhutia language. Being the house to many religious and monasteries centre, the town attract horde of pilgrims each year and tourist who come here to spend a some days in the clean and serene place.
“Namchi” is well thought-out as the Cultural Capital of Sikkim, situated at an height of 5500 feet, is one of the developing place in the state. Namchi is well urbanized to form a center of spiritual and cultural tourism in the state of Sikkim. Namchi translate to Sky High, thanks to its higher altitudes. It is the capital of the southern districts of Sikkim. One be able to get to see the imitation of the Char dhams, also one of the tallest statue of “Guru Padmasambhava”. Namchi is site in a picturesque place, gives you a out of this world view of the Kanchenjunga range and also of the Rangit Valley.
Best tourism places to visit in Namchi
- Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary
- Char Dham
- Ralang Monastery
- Guru Padmasambhava Statue, Samdrupste Hill
- Ngadak Monastery
- Tendong Hill
- Doling Gompa
- Buddhist Padma Sambhava
- Water Reservoir
- Shirdi Sai Mandir
- Rock Garden
- Doling Gumpa
- Ngadak Monastery
- Baichung Stadium
Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary
The Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary is a treasure house of medication as it houses large collection of Medicinal herbs and plants. It covers an region of 36.34 sq km, is situated on the Maenam-Tendong ridge which runs from north to south, approximately bisecting Sikkim longitudinally. This refuge escalates to an elevation of around 10,600 ft above sea level and shelters Goral, Serow, Red Panda, Barking Deer, Civet-Cats, Marbled-Cat, Leopard-Cat, Magpies, Blood Pheasant, Common Hill Partridge, Black Eagle, and Blue necked Pita, Sunbird and many other animals of the temperate forests.
Char Dham is situated approximately 5kms from Namchi town, accessible by a nice smooth street all the way. At one point the car needs to rise uphill to arrive at the top of Solophok hill. “Char Dham” is a enormous pilgrimage cum cultural multifaceted urbanized by the Sikkim Government to promote Eco, Religious and Village tourisms in the state.
Ralang Monastery is a “Buddhist monastery” of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism in southern Sikkim, northeastern India. It is situated at 6 kms away from Ravangla. According to legend, Ralang was build later than the fourth Chogyal came backside from his pilgrimage, when the 12th Karmapa perform the blessing. He throw grain from his house in Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet, where the grains fell, eventually and became the site for the Ralang Monastery.
“Tendong Hill” is a destination that offer you a wonderful view of the valley in Sikkim. Located at an height of 8530 ft above Damthang. It is a very popular tourists attraction in the southern part of Sikkim. Due to its tranquility and calmness, Tendong had been the residence of Buddhist Lamas, who have spent years in meditation in the quiet and peaceful environment of the place.
Best time to visit Namchi
“Namchi” is a year around destination in the state of Sikkim. On the other hand, tourists come in huge numbers in the months from March to October. The picturesque location enjoys a healthy weather during the year. This region experiences three major seasons in a year such as winter, summer and rain storm. “March to May” is a good time to visit Namchi when the high temperature remain moderate. The other fine time is between the month of “September to November”. If you want to attend the flowesr show festival, then visit during the month of February. Many species of Himalayan flower bloom in gorgeous shades. The annual tourisms, local food festival and culture is held on the month of October.
By Air : The closest airport is “Bagdogra airport” which is 124 km away from Gangtok and 190 km away from Mangan. Bagdogra and Gangtok are linked through helicopter services. From Gangtok to Namchi buses and jeep services are available.
By Train : The closest rail is “New Jalpaiguri”. This is well linked to most of the major cities in India.
By Road :“Namchi” is well linked to the neighboring cities through decent roads. Namchi is easy to get from Yukosom, Gangtok and Pelling through NH 31A. Taxis and buses ply at regular intervals in all climate conditions.