Though lately introduced in the tourist itinerary of Sikkim, South Sikkim with its majestic hills, panoramic locations, pilgrimage centers, ecotourism activities and scenic grandeur now offers multiple sightseeing options for the tourists. The Temi tea garden, the most famous tea brand in Sikkim and the only tea garden of the state are also located here in South Sikkim. South district has witnessed wide ranges of infrastructure and installations of various statues like the statue of patron Saint Guru Padmasambhava(135 ft) at Sandruptse, Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok, Rock Garden, Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-tourism at Chemchey and Buddha Park at Ravangla. Other Interesting options which are provided by the Southern district of Sikkim are the Tendong Hill, Maenam Hill, several Hot springs and caves that add to the beauty of South Sikkim.
Located at an altitude of 5,500ft, it is the district headquarters of South Sikkim and a progressive tourism spot which is slowly being recognized as a popular tourist place in Sikkim. It is often visited, particularly for religious and cultural tourism. The name Namchi stands for 'Sky High' in the local language which suits the existence of sky high statues and temples.
The Chardham is a popular pilgrimage spot which is located under South Sikkim, in Namchi. The temple is a replica of the famous four temples spread across India which combined are known as the Char Dham. The presence of Char Dham in Namchi has resulted in several devotees visiting the temple, to get the blessing from four important temples in India which lie collectively here.
The rock garden is another popular tourist spot present in Namchi. The garden is situated among the background of the surrounding mountains. It is located between Namchi and Sandruptse Hill. The rock garden is rich in different species of plants, flowers, and trees. People come here to have some peaceful time all by themselves.
It is one of the most picturesque destinations in South Sikkim. The magnificent background of the Kanchenjunga adds more beauty to the already serene Ravangla. It is a perfect location to sit back with a cup of coffee and enjoy the beauty that is offered by Ravangla. It has many temples, monasteries, sightseeing and also options for adventure sports.
The Buddha Park or Garden is another structure which cements the connection of Sikkim to Buddhism. The park was announced to be constructed here by the state on the occasion of Lord Buddha’s birth anniversary in the year 2006. The park has a large statue of Lord Buddha which is installed here along with the colorful orchids and flowers that makes the park more attractive.
The Hill is a popular viewpoint which provides excellent views of the captivating hills and valleys around. It is located above Damthang and is also surrounded by lush greeneries. This place is a perfect spot for all those who love appreciating the wonderful landscape of the green and fresh surroundings. From here you are delightfully treated with the beautiful sight of the NAmchi hill and besides sightseeing, this place is also a popular trekking spot.
One of the only tea gardens of Sikkim is the Temi Tea Garden which is situated in Ravangla. The place is also a popular spot for village tours to beautiful villages like Narsing, Borong, Kewzing and some others. The local culture projects the age old tradition that still is evident here. The tea garden is a beautiful unending stretch of tea garden which produces the finest Temi Tea, which is famous worldwide.
Tarey Bhir is an attractive tourist point which is a natural trail which provides a thrilling experience. Located about 18 km from Namchi, in a rural place called Sadam, it is a cliff which exists at an altitude of around 10000ft. The view from here is simply breathtaking and the main attraction here is the view of the lush green forest and the confluence of the two rivers Teesta and Rangit.
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