South Sikkim2019-03-29T16:50:34+00:00

SOUTH SIKKIM

South Sikkim, Sikkim
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OVERVIEW
PLACES TO VISIT

Overview

South Sikkim is a district of the Indian state of Sikkim. Its capital is Namchi. South Sikkim lies at an altitude of 400 to 2000 metres and has a temperate climate for most of the year. Major urban centres include Namchi, Ravangla, Jorethang and Melli. South Sikkim is one of the least populated regions of the state. The people are mainly of Nepali descent. Other ethnic groups include the Lepcha and Bhutia communities. Nepali is the most widely spoken language in the district. The district was under the occupation of the Nepalese for 30 years in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Sightseeing

  • Namchi
  • Temi Tea Garden
  • Ngadak Monastery
  • Samdruptse
  • Char Dham
  • Rock Garden
  • Sai Mandir

Place To Visit

Char Dham

Char Dham is a pilgrimage destination situated at Solophok Hill. This is at a distance of about 5 km from Namchi town. Solophik Hill has a historical and religious significance, as it is believed that visiting this place washes away one’s sins. According to legends, during the Kuruksheta war between the Kauravas and Pandavas; Arjuna used to worship lord Shiva here. Lord Shiva, Pleased with Arjuna, appeared in a form of a hunter and his blessing is said to have helped the Pandavas win the war against the Kauravas.

Rock Garden

The rock garden of Namchi is located between Namchi Town and Samdruptse. The garden has different species of plants, flowers and trees. There are several waiting sheds, viewpoints and water bodies, alongside the footpaths. The garden has a cafeteria facing the hills and the valley of Namchi serves tea and coffee to the travelers who stop by for rest.

Sai Mandir

On 3rd Nov`2010 Sikkim bestowed a newly built Magnificent Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple at Assangthang, Namchi in South Sikkim. The holy temple was inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Dr Pawan Chamling and his wife Smt Tika Maya Chamling.

Namchi

Namchi is the capital of the South Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. The place has derived its name from two words; Nam meaning the “sky” and chi meaning “high” that translates as “sky high”. It is nestled among the hills at an elevation of 4400 ft. and commands panoramic view of Darjeeling, kalimpong, the snow-capped mountains and vast stretches of valley. Sikkim was under the reign of the Chogyals. The Chogyals were the main emperors of Sikkim and Ladakh. As per legend, it is said that the Sikkimese princess, Pende Ongmoo, cheated a Sikkimese Chogyal. The supporters after knowing got angry and killed her. The place where the princess was killed is believed to be present day Namchi. It is believed that her spirit still haunt the foothills of Ghurpisey. Namchi is a perfect destination for vacations in quest of enchantment, serenity or leisure.The area is fast developing into a tourist destinationand pilgrimage center with its immense potential for all round tourist activities. In the month of February, the Namchi garden hosts it annual flower show. The flower show is the largest in Sikkim with flowers in a riot of colours. The prime attraction of this show is the display of exotic and rare orchids. One of the highlights of the town is the football stadium – the Baichung Stadium built by the Sikkimese government in honour of its most famous citizen, footballer Baichung Bhutia. “The Gold Cup” football tournament is held in Bhaichung Stadium almost every year. Football teams from all over India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan vie for the honour which draws lot of crowds from all over Sikkim. The other major tourist attractions are mentioned in details below.

Samdruptse

Painted in shimmering cooper and bronze tones, the impressively vast 45m Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim sits majestically on the Samdruptse hill (The Wish Fulfilling hill) 7 kms from Namchi.It is the largest statue in the world with a towering height of 135 ft. The foundation stone was laid by His Holiness TheDalai Lama; it is visible from miles around, shining like a golden cone amid the forests of Samdruptse hill.

Ngadak Monastery

Ngadak Monastery is an old monastery, which was built by Tensung Nmgyal, During the Chogyal Gurmed Namgyal Regime. The monastery is located near the Ngadak Town and attracts tourists throughout the year. The monastery enshrines a 135 ft tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava, sitting on a lotus. The statue is installed on the hill of Samdruptse.