9 Recommended points of interest in Namchi, Sikkim, India

Namchi, a quaint and tranquil region perched high in the foothills of the Himalayas in South Sikkim has a long seductive hold over the wanderlusts and pilgrims. Some of the world’s largest statues of Guru Padmasambhava and Gautama Buddha exist here amid mesmerizing backdrop and clean-air.  Its reputation as a scenic, cultural, and spiritual-pilgrimage hub is unquestionably well deserved. So, prepare for surreal backdrops, enchanting Buddhist hymns. Stride out into the serene gardens, temples, monasteries, sanctuaries, fluttering prayer flags, and more.

So, here’s the list of sightseeing places in Namchi, Sikkim, India, where you’ll have no other option, but, be enchanted, mesmerized!

1. Samdruptse- synonym to Serenity

 Samdruptse- synonym to Serenity

If one thing can live forever in your heart, then it’s certainly the soothing Buddhist hymns and enthralling music emerging out from every corner in Samdruptse. The realm of a massive statue of Guru Padmasambhava is just more than a pilgrimage site. It’s a place where a frantic soul finds peace, and the chaos remains at bay. Step in- to get comforted and to get healed.  It’s a place where a bit of your heart and your soul will stubbornly linger in the air- infused with music and hymns- remaining entangled in those fluttering flags until you return again!

 Things to do-

  • Sightseeing
  • Pilgrimage
  • Photography
  • Relaxation

 2. Rock Garden- A place of aesthetic charm

Rock Garden- A place of aesthetic charm

With a bit of ascends and descends, if you can discover joy in the little elements of nature, then here’s a place where the spell of Mother Nature was deemed to spill more. Be it a child, or an elderly person, Namchi Rock Garden will never disappoint anyone. It is provided with well-built benches for relaxation for the adults and the place to play for the kids, a good reason to detach them from the digital screens like TV, Mobiles, Computers etc. It’s a perfect place to isolate oneself from the hassles of traffics and crowds of the cities, and to enjoy the solitude and serenity.

Things to do-

  • Picnic
  • Nature Walk
  • Relaxation
  • Photography

3.  Temi Tea Garden- where the greens do the talking

Temi Tea Garden- where the greens do the talking

A luxuriant realm of greens with spectacular views, a glimpse of Temi Tea Garden will make your visit to Namchi South Sikkim worthwhile.  It’s a source of famous Sikkim tea, acclaimed for its flavor and quality. So, you can saunter amid the greens, enjoying and inhaling the fragrance of freshly trimmed leaves blending in the air.  What added more to its charm is serenity, the pure mountain air, and the enchanting backdrops.  So, if you’re on a quest for aesthetic beauty and peace, then drive towards Temi Tea Garden.

Things to do-

  • Photography
  • Nature walk
  • Sightseeing

4. Chardham, Namchi- an epitome of unified cultural and spirituality

Chardham, Namchi- an epitome of unified cultural and spirituality

Here’s a place where spirituality blends with wonder. The massive whitewashed statue of Shiva rested in the meditative pose can be seen from far away places like the hilly regions of West Bengal. The vast stretched area is excellently maintained that rewards the tourists and pilgrims with the uniquely blended cultural and religious aura. Chardham is an internationally famous tourist hotspot.  While returning you can find shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts, etc. which, you can purchase as gifts for your loved ones.

Things to do-

  • Pilgrimage
  • Sightseeing
  • Relaxation
  • Photography

5. Ralang Monastery- where the serenity reigns

 Ralang Monastery- where the serenity reigns

Ralang Monastery is the epitome of the Buddhist culture and their unique way of life, it’s an ideal escape from the exasperation from the bustling city life and its sophistication. It is the abode to more than 100 monks and home to several Buddhist paintings. It’s where you can see the Buddhist monks clad in maroons, devoting their whole life to the world that contradicts the present world. Here, you can enjoy the annual festival Pang Lhabsol during which,  the quietness and the tranquility of the monastery are replaced by the devotees, banging bells, chanting of mantras, etc.

Things to do-

  • Sightseeing
  • Pilgrimage
  • Photography
  • Relaxation

6.  Tarey Vir- a sky high and delight of the daredevils

Tarey Vir- a sky high and delight of the daredevils

Vir literally means “cliff” in Nepali dialect. Positioned nearby to the rural settlement called as Sadam, Tarey Vir is an engrossing point of attraction that comes under Namchi Sikkim Tourism. If you love the natural thrill, then take a ride 18 km away from Namchi, and, walk along the ridge of the towering cliffs. Providing the irresistible view below-like valleys, rivers, and the confluence of the two major rivers like Teesta and Rangeet, vast stretched meadows, Tarey Vir extends till the length of 10,000 feet away.

Things to do-

  • Sightseeing
  • Thrilling walk over the cliff
  • Photography

7. Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary- a place to which the Himalayan Wildlife calls it their Home

Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary- a place to which the Himalayan Wildlife calls it their Home

It’s worthwhile making the traveling a bit more delightful by combining a bit of adventure, spirituality, and a bit of wildlife experience. Sprawling over an area of 3, 500 meters, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary is the delight to the wildlife enthusiasts. The sanctuary is the dwelling place of the exotic and rare Himalayan flora and fauna (with effective medicinal potential and value). Leopard, Red Panda, Barking Deer, are the major animal species found here. Amongst the birds, Black Eagle, magpies, hill partridge are common. Maenam Gompa rests at the end of the Sanctuary.

Things to do-

  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife safari
  • Photography
  • Bird watching

8. Buddha Park- the tallest one who holds the gold on the face

Buddha-Park

If there is any place existing in Namchi Sikkim that provides the element of adventure and spirituality, a drive to Buddha Park will tell you why! Located at a considerable distance from Namchi Town, Buddha Park is accessible through the lush green provinces and the tall Himalayan vegetation.  The Park covers an area of 23 acres with a massive statue of Buddha. The 137 feet tall statue has 3.5 kg gold coated on its face.  On top of that, it is the tallest metal statue of Buddha in the whole world! So, now, who’s gonna stop the wanderlusts?

Things to do-

  • Drive through woods
  • Pilgrimage
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography

9. Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir- transcending architecture and intricate craftsmanship

 Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir- transcending architecture and intricate craftsmanship

Located at a distance of 10 km from the helipad in Namchi, Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir is the first temple to be established in Sikkim.  The temple has intricate architectural designs that compel visitors to praise the architectural craftsmanship of the architects. Besides, the temple has garden setting, which is finely maintained. A significant pilgrimage site is the storehouse of the paintings of Gods and Goddesses, including the statue of Sai Baba.

Things to do-

  • Pilgrimage
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography

For further Information-

  • Best time to visit: from March to October
  • Best mode of transport or accessibility: By car or Road trip
  • Currency: Indian Rupees (INR)
  • Language spoken: Nepali, Hindi, English
  • State: Sikkim
  • Country: India
  • Nearby Airport: Bagdogra and Pakyong Airport
  • Nearby Railway: NJP
  • Food: Traditional Nepali dishes, Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, & Continental.
  • Drinks: Tea from (Temi Tea Garden), Hit Beer (manufactured in Sikkim from the factory of most renowned Bollywood actor Danny Denzongpa)

Accommodations or Hotels nearby sightseeing places-

  • Hotel Samdruptse
  • Hotel Mayel
  • Hotel Parichit
  • Juniper Residency Hotel
  • Hotel Hangkhim
  • Seven Hills Resort
  • Himalayan Eco Resort by World Choice

Places to eat-

  • Crumbs and Whips
  • Mélange
  • Hotel station
  • Kafal
  • Kava Hotel

Tips-

  • Carry warm garments, some documents, a good pair of shoes, & a camera.

So, I hope this will help you a bit more to make your vacation hassle-free. So, have a happy and trouble-free trip.

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