The southernmost district of the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim is elevated at an altitude of 400 m to 2000 m. Namchi being the capital city of South Sikkim district; other towns are Jorethang, Borong, Ravangla, Melli etc. The climate is temperate and there are attractive tourist places in South Sikkim that is spread over 750 sq km area.
Etymologically the name of Namchi means ‘sky high’ and provides an enchanting view of Rangit valley and Mt Kanchenjunga. Monasteries like Sherdup Cheling, Dichen Choeling and Ngadak can be visited. Rare flowers are found in the rock garden near Ngadak Monastery and the view from here is excellent.
Elevated at an altitude of 300 m and having a temperate climate, Jorthang is a major town in South Sikkim. The hills of Darjeeling can be seen just behind the River Rangit that flows through the town. You can enjoy Jorthang Maghe Mela, or go for river rafting, trekking and sightseeing trips.
The people of Rabong took an initiative and built a statue of Lord Buddha to celebrate his 2550 th birth anniversary. The step was also taken for the development in Buddha Circuit in Sikkim. This helped to boost up the number of tourists in Sikkim.
There is a pilgrim centre on the Solophok Hill and it contains a 108 ft high main temple, 87 ft high status of Lord Shiva, 16 ft status of Lord Kirateshwar and the four Dhams according to Hindu. You can also find the replicas of twelve Jyotirlingas.
Samdruptse is famous because of the 135 ft high gigantic statue of Guru Padmasambhava, the highest statue of him in the whole world. In Bhutia language, the word ‘samdruptse’ means ‘wish fulfilling hill’. This is one of the greatest points of tourist attraction in South Sikkim.
The astounding location of Ravangla is situated at the ridge of Maenam and Tendong Hill. It is elevated at 7000 ft altitude with interesting tourist spots like Rayong Sunrise Viewpoint, Ralang Monastery etc. You can celebrate Pang Lhabsol Festival in August-September and Tourism, Culture and Crafts Festival in April.
Ralang is a Buddhist monastery and it belongs to Kagyu sect. The Pang Lhabsol Festival is celebrated here during the months of August and September. The beautiful thangkas and paintings are worth visiting.
Temi Tea Garden is the only tea-estate in entire Sikkim. Spreading over an area of 440 acres, the tea, cultivated here, are rich in aroma and taste. It produces one of the best tea leaves in the entire country, even the world. The location offers amazing eye-soothing greenery.
The Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary in South Sikkim district covers an area of 35 sq km. The vegetation here is specialised with huge number of plants which has medicinal value. Even the name of Maenam means ‘treasure house of medicine’.
Melli is town, spread over both the states of Sikkim and West Bengal. River Teesta flows nearby the town and the Jawaharlal Nehru Bridge, which is the longest bridge of Sikkim, connects the two parts of Melli. This place is very much famous for white-water river-rafting.
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