Sikkim is home to many beautiful places. The experience you get after visiting this particular state is so amazing that it makes you visit it over and over again. Whenever we talk about Sikkim, 3 places come to our mind Darjeeling, Gangtok and Pelling. But the fact of the matter is that Sikkim is not just about these cities. There are many other options apart from these 3 cities. In this article, I would be telling you about one of the places which you think of visiting in Sikkim apart from these. The name of the place is Namchi. Namchi is located at about a distance of 90 kilometres from Gangtok. In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know about this place.
Namchi – Witness The Natural Beauty From This Sikkim’s Village
1. Background of this place
If you are a person who doesn’t like crowded or commercialized places and looking for a place for relaxation and a little solitude then Namchi is the perfect place for you. This place doesn’t offer adventure sports or similar activities but it offers peace which is difficult to find in places like Gangtok or Darjeeling. Darjeeling and Gangtok are both amazing places but the problem with both of them is that they have become highly commercialized. Due to immense commercialization at several times of the year it becomes so crowded that forget peace; walking there becomes a challenge.
2. What can you expect from this place?
Namchi is a small village and is slowly and steadily becoming a tourist spot. If you like seeing monasteries then this place is just made for you. Numerous ancient monasteries are present in the village and it is becoming a centre of pilgrimage. Though it doesn’t have adventure sports or arrangements for trekking it has many places for sightseeing. We would be talking about these places later in this article. If you like bird watching or taking pictures of rare flowers then you would be really enjoying Namchi. Animal lovers would be overwhelmed as they can visit the biodiversity park and Maenam wildlife sanctuary.
3. How to reach Namchi?
Namchi is well connected by road, rail and air. If you are planning to come here by road then all you need to do is visit any city in the state of Sikkim. Ample amount of state buses run daily to this place and if you don’t want to go by bus, you can always rent a car or a jeep. If you are going there by train then you would need to go to Jalpaiguri (Siliguri railway station), from here you can get a bus or rent a car which will drop you at your destination. If you are coming here by air then you would need to book your ticket to Bagdogra Airport. The flights to this place are available from major cities like Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai.
4. Best Time To Visit
You can visit Namchi anytime from March – October. Avoid the months of November, December, January and February because there is a probability of snowfall and you don’t want to be stuck in Namchi for that period. However, you are a flower lover then you would need to visit this place during the month of February because during this month the state hosts an annual flower show which showcases amazing and rare flowers. It is a treat for every individual who likes to observe flora. If you are a football fan then there is a tournament held in this city called “Gold Cup” which is held in the Baichung Stadium. The stadium has been named after Baichung Bhutia who was the captain of the Indian football team.
5. Best Places To Visit
Until a decade back not many people knew about Namchi. The village got a lot of popularity when a statue of Guru Padmasambhava who is the patron saint of Sikkim was made in the city. It is the world’s tallest statue of the saint. Apart from this, there are numerous monasteries situated in the city. Let me tell you about the best places in the village which you can think of visiting.
1. Samdruptse Hill
If you are coming to Namchi and do not visit this statue then your trip would go for waste. It is the most popular tourist attraction in the city. It is because of this statue that the village has gained so much popularity and slowly turning into a tourist spot. This place is a famous pilgrimage centre for the people of Sikkim; it is located at a distance of 75 kilometres from the city of Gangtok. As I said before that this hill has the tallest statue of Guru Padmasambhava. Dalai Lama laid the foundation stone for the contraction of the statue in 1997. It had taken around 3 years to finish the construction and was sponsored by the state government.
2. Temi Tea Garden
If you are coming to Sikkim and you do not visit a tea garden then you would be missing a very interesting experience. Temi Tea Garden is one of the most popular tea gardens in the world. What is more special about this tea garden is that it is the only tea garden in the area. It was established in the year 1969 and is maintained by the state government. It produces many popular varieties like Temi Tea (the most popular), Sikkim Solja, Mystique and Kanchenjunga. It is one of the few tea gardens in the country which still uses the organic method for producing tea due to which it is also known as an organic garden.
3. Rock Garden
This garden falls in between the road to Namchi and Samdruptse hill. On your way, you would need to cross this garden so don’t miss out on this place. The view from this place is simply magnificent. If you want to get clicked then you won’t be finding a better place for photography apart from this. The garden has a huge collection of flowers, so if you are a flower lover then you are in for a treat. It has a cafeteria; so, if you get hungry roaming around then you can satisfy your hunger here.
4. Tendong Hill
This place offers you the most magnificent view of the entire region. you just cannot afford to miss out on this place. Imagine going to a volcano which is located at a height of 8500 feet above mean sea level. It is said that the monks used to use this place for meditation for several years. This is the only place in Namchi which offers a trekking experience. The meaning of the word “Tendong” is “hill of the raised horn”. Legend says that the horns of this hill were raised to rescue people from the floods.
5. Solophok Chardham
This place has a lot of cultural significance. The temple has been dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated at a distance of 5 kilometres from Namchi. It is said that Arjuna worshipped Lord Shiva at this place when the battle of Kurukshetra was taking place. It is also said that Lord Shiva got pleased with him and appeared before him and blessed Arjuna which helped Pandavas in winning the war. This amazing place covers around 7 acres of lands. Apart from the idol of Lord Shiva, there are also structures which are dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
These are the top 5 places which you can think of visiting when you come to Namchi. As I said at the beginning of the article that it is not a place where you would get to do adventure sports or similar activities but this place offers something which very few places in India offer and this is relaxation in peace. So, if peace and relaxation are what you are after on your vacation then Namchi is the perfect place for you.