Namchi is one of the most picturesque tourist places of Sikkim, nestled in the lap of the Himalaya at about 5500 ft above the sea level. Namchi offers a breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjunga range and the Rangit valley. It is only 78 Km from Gangtok, the capital town o Sikkim. We visited it from Gangtok on a Day trip via Ravangla.
What to See in Namchi?
Namchi, itself a very beautiful place surrounded by the wide range of Mt. Kanchenjunga. In summer, and Autumn the valley filled with the bed of beautiful Rhododendron and orchid Flowers. The road that connects Gangtok to Namchi, is an extremely scenic road. In one side, you can see numerous waterfalls and another side is open to watching the panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
Temi Tea Garden:
It is the lone tea garden in Sikkim and famous for its organic tea farming. The view of the garden along with the mountain range is breathtaking. There is also a Rock Garden just beside the Tea garden. We didn’t view that as our time was short.
It is 7 km from Namchi, situated on the Samdruptse Hill. The hill has a giant statue of Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Sikkim. The statue is so big that it overlooks the entire city. Studded with gold that glitters when sun rays fall on it. This is the main attraction of Namchi. You can find a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from here. When I saw it from the top of the temple, I just felt that I’m in the heaven.
It is the pilgrim center of South Sikkim. It is constructed on top of the Solophok Hill in which is about 5 kilometers fromNamchi town. Here you can find the replica of Hindu’s Char (four) Dhams. It is a very peaceful temple and it is believed that visiting this temple washes away one’s sin. The gigantic Idol of Lord Shiva, which is actually in the SKY, is the main attraction of this place. From the top of the temple, you can find an amazing 360-degree view along with Mt. Kanchenjunga.
Sikkim is blessed with an outstanding Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, situated at Assanthang, a couple of kilometers away from the district headquarters of Namchi. It is a two-storied building displaying modern architecture.
How to go to Namchi?
Nearest Railway Station- New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
Nearest Airport- Bagdogra
We came from Kolkata to NJP by train. from NJP, we came to Gangtok By shared Car, which is easily available. There is numerous travel agency in Gangtok, who conduct Namchi day trip in 3000-3500 Rs (rate of 2017). If you wish to stay at Namchi, you can go there by shared taxi or hire a cab from Gangtok. I recommend to stay at Namchi and enjoy its beauty more intensely.
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