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About Namchi

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Namchi: Guwahati (512 Kms), Kolkata (641 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Namchi: February to June & September to November

Peak Season: March to May

State: Sikkim | District: South Sikkim

At a distance of 45 km from Darjeeling, 49 km from Kalimpong, 65 km from Pelling, 81 km from Gangtok, 88 km from Siliguri, 512 km from Guwahati and 641 km from Kolkata, Namchi is a small town and also the district headquarters of South Sikkim district in the Indian state of Sikkim. Also known as Namtse, it is one of the fast developing tourist destinations in Sikkim and among the popular places to experience Sikkim Tourism.

Literally means ' Top of the Sky', Namchi is situated at an altitude of 5,500 feet and is known for its Buddhist Monasteries and scenic locales. As per the historical facts, once Sikkim was under the reign of the Chogyals. Legends say that one of the Sikkimese princesses, Pende Ongmoo deceived a Sikkimese Chogyal. When people of Sikkim got to know about this, they killed the Sikkimese princess, Pende Ongmoo. The place where the Pend Ongmoo was killed is believed to be the present day Namchi.

Often known as the Cultural Capital of Sikkim, Namchi has been developed as a hub of religious and cultural tourism in Sikkim. The place attracts large number of pilgrims every year due to its religious places, natural wonders and the unmatched views of the Rangeet valley and Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. Namchi is home to the World's largest statue of Padmasambhava situated on Samdruptse Hill and replica of all the four dhams of India (char dhams). Tedong Hill, Namchi Rock Garden, Tarey Bhir, Saibaba Temple and Ngadak Monastery are the other popular places to visit in Namchi. Namchi also attracts trekkers as the popular trekking trail Tendong-Ravangla-Maenam-Borong starts from Namchi which spans 5-6 days.

Furthermore, Namchi is the land of celebrations and carnivals. Every year Namchi hosts 'The Gold Cup' football tournament at Baichung stadium. Teams from Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and all over India participate in the football tourney. In the month of February, Namchi hosts an annual flower show which exhibits rare collection of orchids and is considered as the largest in Sikkim. Additionally, in the month of October, Namchi festival is also celebrated which is hosted by Sikkim Cultural and Food Tourism.

Bagdogra International Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 100 km from Namchi. It has direct flights from Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi. Gangtok and Bagdogra are connected through helicopter services. New Jalpaiguri is the nearest rail head and is well connected by trains with Patna, New Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Howrah, Bangalore, Dibrugarh, Puri, Gaya, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Amritsar, Chennai, Chandigarh, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Cochin and Agartala. Namchi is well connected by roads with the neighboring cities through NH 31A. Private buses, jeeps and taxis are easily available from places like New Jalpaiguri, Bagdogra, Gangtok and Darjeeling.

There are several accommodation options available in Namchi ranging from budget to luxury hotels. The hotels provide all basic facilities including spas and a 24-hour travel information counter.

Namchi offers a salubrious weather throughout the year. March to May is the good time to visit Namchi when the temperature remains moderate. Another good time is between the months of September and November. If you want to attend the flower festival, then visit during the month of February.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 03595
Languages Spoken: Nepali, English, Hindi, Bhutia or Sikkimese, and
Major Festivals: Namchi Festival & Namchi Flower Festival
Notes/Tips:
Foreign nationals require Restricted Area Permit (RAP) or Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit any part of Sikkim including Gangtok.

How to Reach Namchi

By Air

Nearest Airport: Siliguri - Bagdogra Airport (100 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: New Jalpaiguri Junction, Siliguri (94 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Namchi Bus Stand (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Namchi

Pilgrimage

#5 of 12 Places to Visit in Namchi

At a distance of 5 km from Namchi Taxi Stand, Siddeshwar Dham is a huge pilgrimage cum cultural complex located atop Solophok hill in Namchi, Sikkim. Popularly called as Char Dham, it is one of the most prominent places to visit in Namchi and one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Sikkim.

Siddheswar Dham is built atop Solophok Hill by Sikkim Government in 2011 to promote Religious, Eco and Village tourism in the state. Spread over an area of 29 hectares, the Sikkim Government has been spent over Rs. 56 crore on this complex. The complex has a 108 feet tall statue of Shiva, replicas of 12 Jyotirlingas, models of sacred Char Dham Hindu Temples of Jagannath, Badrinath, Dwaraka and Rameswaram and a 17-feet statue of Kirateshwar a hunter incarnation of Shiva. Solophok Hill has a historical and religious significance, as it is believed that visiting this place washes away one's sins.

The major attraction here is the 108 feet gigantic statue of Lord Shiva (Hindu God) in sitting .....

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Pilgrimage

#6 of 12 Places to Visit in Namchi

At a distance of 3 km from Char Dham and 5 km from Namchi Taxi Stand, Sai Mandir is a Hindu temple located at Assangthang area of Namchi in Sikkim. Situated near Char Dham, it is considered as one of the major places of pilgrimage in Namchi and among the best places to visit in Namchi.

Built in 2010, the temple is dedicated to Sri Shirdi Sai Baba. This beautiful pilgrimage center was a gift of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling to the people of Sikkim. The temple is a very aesthetically designed two-storied building with modern architecture having a statue of Shirdi Sai Baba in the 1st floor. It looks glorious when the rays of sun fall on it. The ground floor accommodates devotees for singing hymns in praise of Sai Baba. There are 10 beautiful paintings represent the 10 different incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

The temple is surrounded by a beautiful garden from where one can get a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchendzonga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world. The temple has a very peaceful .....

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Pilgrimage

#7 of 12 Places to Visit in Namchi

At a distance of 4 km from Namchi Taxi Stand, Ngadak Monastery is the Buddhist monastery located in Namchi, Sikkim. Also known as Nandak Gumpa, it is one of the oldest monasteries in Namchi and one of the best places to experience Namchi Tourism.

Ngadak Monastery was built in 17th century by Tensung Namgyal during the reign of Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal. This monastery was constructed as a palace of her Highness Pendi Ongmu. It ultimately has been converted to a monastery. Built beautifully with stone and wood, it was damaged by an earthquake and is a testimony to old religious culture of Sikkim. A large new Gumpa has been constructed near the old one as the old structure is ruined however it still exudes a sense of old Sikkim.

The word Ngadak means 'Promise'. It is believed that anyone coming here would make a promise to come back again. The place attracts huge number of tourists throughout the year as it is blessed with a great ambience and an ideal place to meditate.

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Pilgrimage

#10 of 12 Places to Visit in Namchi

At a distance of 6 km from Namchi Taxi Stand and 22 km from Ravangla, Samdruptse is an epic hill situated in Namchi, Sikkim. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in South Sikkim and among the must visit Namchi Tourist Places.

Situated at an altitude of 2134 m, Samdruptse Hill is surmounted by a giant statue of Guru Padmasambhava who is the patron saint of Sikkim. At 148 feet, this is the tallest statue of Guru Padmasambhava in the world. Studded with gold that glitters when sun rays fall on it, it looks magnificent with the setting of the Kanchenjunga Hills against the blue painted sky. The foundation stone of the statue was laid in 1997 by His Holiness Dalai Lama and completed in 2004. The construction was sponsored by the Sikkim State Government.

The name Samdruptse Hill literally translates to the 'Wish Fulfilling Hill', as the hill is revered by many local monks, who worship the Hill, believing that the Hill is a dormant volcano, and only praying can keep the volcano .....

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#1 of 12 Places to Visit in Namchi

At a distance of 26 km from Namchi, 69 km from Gangtok, 71 km from Darjeeling, 74 km from Kalimpong, 89 km from Pelling, 115 km from Siliguri, 122 km from Lachung, 536 km from Guwahati and 667 km from Kolkata, Ravangla or Ravongla is a small hill town situated in South Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. At an altitude of 7000 feet, Ravangla is one of the picturesque places to visit in Sikkim and among the best places to experience Sikkim Tourism.

Located on a ridge between Maenam and Tendong Hill, Ravangla is a hot tourist destination blessed with spellbinding tea gardens, adventure activities and ancient monasteries. The town and its surrounding areas offer an undisturbed view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Sinialchu, and Mt. Kabru. Ravangla gets a romantic look with the colours and fragrance of the flowers which are in full bloom during April-May. Buddha Park, Rayong Sunrise Viewpoint, Ralang & Borong Hot Springs, Ralang Monastery, Doling Gompa, Tumlong monastery, .....

Distance (From Namchi): 26 Kms
Trip Duration (From Namchi - Including Travel): Full Day
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Hill Station

#2 of 12 Places to Visit in Namchi

At a distance of 78 km from Kalimpong, 96 km from Darjeeling, 115 km from Pelling, 117 km from Siliguri, 403 km from Darbhanga, 496 km from Muzzafarpur, 543 km from Guwahati, and 670 km from Kolkata, Gangtok is a fascinating hill town and the capital of north-eastern state of Sikkim, India. Known for its cleanliness and breathtaking beauty, it is one of the popular places to visit in Sikkim and is one of the popular attraction not to miss in your honeymoon trip.

Situated at an altitude of 5410 feet, Gangtok is the largest city and the main business and tourist hub of Sikkim. The name meaning hill-top, Gangtok is known for its scenic beauty and striking views of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. It is also known as the land of monasteries, as it has maximum number of monasteries in the world. Located right in the middle of the Himalayan range and having mild temperate climate year-round, Gangtok is the .....

Distance (From Namchi): 81 Kms
Trip Duration (From Namchi - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Hill Station

#3 of 12 Places to Visit in Namchi

At a distance of 65 km from Siliguri, 98 km from Gangtok, 109 km from Jalpaiguri, 371 km from Manipur, 502 km from Guwahati, 503 km from Patna and 507 km from Kolkata, Darjeeling is a charming hill station located in the Shivalik hills of the lower Himalayas in West Bengal, India. Situated at an altitude of 6,700 feet, Darjeeling is one of the most popular hill stations in India and among the must include places in your honeymoon tour packages.

The name Darjeeling comes from two Tibetan words 'Dorje', meaning thunderbolt and 'ling', means a place or land. Before being invaded by the Gorkhas of Nepal in the 1790s, Darjeeling was largely under the Kingdom of Sikkim and native tribes named Lepchas were the original inhabitants of the place. Under the Sugauli Treaty of 1815 CE, Nepal yielded one-third of their lands to the British, who established Darjeeling as the summer capital of Bengal Presidency. During 19th century AD, they .....

Distance (From Namchi): 45 Kms
Trip Duration (From Namchi - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Hill Station

#4 of 12 Places to Visit in Namchi

At a distance of 7 km from Gyalshing, 45 km from Ravangla, 58 km from Namchi, 69 km from Darjeeling, 88 km from Kalimpong, 113 km from Gangtok, 127 km from Siliguri, 447 km from Darbhanga, 551 km from Guwahati and 682 km from Kolkata, Pelling is a wonderful hill station located in the West Sikkim district of north Indian state of Sikkim. Situated at an altitude of 6,800 feet, Pelling is the second biggest tourist destination in Sikkim after Gangtok.

The name Pelling means 'the seat of the religious body' formed by Pema Linga who was a discoverer of ancient Tibetan texts and also a treasure revealer. Pelling was initially a land filled with jungle which was home to a lot of wildlife. The area developed into a full-fledged village after the construction of two Buddhist monasteries Pemayangtse and Sangacholing. Pelling offers good view of entire Kanchenjunga mountain range including Koktang, Kumbhakaran (Jannu), Rathong, Kabru, Kabru Dome, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, and Siniolchu.

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Distance (From Namchi): 65 Kms
Trip Duration (From Namchi - Including Travel): Full Day
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Adventure

#8 of 12 Places to Visit in Namchi

At a distance of 11 km from Namchi and 16 km from Ravangla, Tendong Hill is vantage point situated near Namchi in Sikkim. Situated above the Damthang, it is one of the must visit places in Namchi and among the popular trekking places in South Sikkim.

Situated at an altitude of 8530 feet, Tendong Hill provides a spectacular view of mountains and its surrounding plains. The literal meaning of 'Tendong' is 'the upraised horn' in Lepcha language. As per the local folklores, once flood hit the place and it is believed that the land here upraised itself to save the people. Even now, the Hill is regarded as a benefactor and people pray to the hill in the rainy season, to keep them away from the calamity of flood always. It has been a place of meditation for Buddhist Lamas, who spent years in meditation in the quiet and peaceful environment of the place.

This hill is a celebrated landmark for trekkers and nature lovers. The Hill is encircled by dense forests, which abodes blossoming .....

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Nature

#9 of 12 Places to Visit in Namchi

At a distance of 16 km from Namchi, Tarey Bhir is a long ridge on a high cliff located at Sadam village near Namchi in South Sikkim. It is one of the amazing points of interest in Namchi and among the popular places to experience Namchi Tourism.

Tarey Bhir is a 3 km long stone ridge on which pedestrian footsteps have been built to climb the steep ridge. Bhir means 'Cliff' in Nepalese language. The height of the ridge is about 10,000 feet and has a drop down gorge of over 3500 feet on the right side. This is an ideal place for adventure loving people. It is the only place from where Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Teesta River can be seen at one eye sight.

Looks like The Great Wall of China, Tarey Bhir is an amazing viewpoint with breathtaking surroundings. There is also a watch tower at the end of the stone pathway. From the watch tower one can get some panoramic views of snowy mountains in the north, Kalimpong town in the east and confluence of Teesta and Rangeet in the south. .....

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