Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Namchi - A Retreat In South Sikkim

Another wonderful spot at South Sikkim is Namchi at 5000 Ft. From here you can experience the spendid view of Kanchenjunga peak. On our way to Namchi from Ravangla we halted at Temi tea garden. Lush green view of tea garden on both sides of the road was just wonderful. Samdruptse Temple is 7 km from Namchi with a 135 Ft huge statue of Padmasambhaba. The road 400 meter we had to walk to reach the temple was misty and heavenly.

Namchi Rock Garden is also admirable. 14 km from Namchi is Damthang, from where you can reach Tendong Peak by 9 km trek. Tendong Peak is actually a dead volcano. From here along with the beautiful snow peaks you can not only see the Peling but also the Planes of Siliguri at the same time.

Ale ground, presently known as Baichung Stadium is 3 minutes walk from the Samudraptse Hotel. Ale Monastery you can also see nearby. Little away from here is 'Char Dham', a new temple complex built on 26 acres of land. You can visit the famous temples from all over India in one place here in Namchi!

See Jagannath Temple of the East, Dwarka from the West, Badrinath from the North and Rameshwar Temple from South India in a common temple complex. You will be wondered by seeing the 110Ft statue of Shiva and a 20 Ft statue of Kirateshwar.

You can go up to helipad, 5 Km from the Chardham temple complex and experience the wonderful sunset from there. On the way to helipad see Jalkanya temple and Sain Temple.

Don't miss the Namchi Hat ( Temporary market) if you are there on Sunday. The timing is 8 am to 5 pm on Sundays.

How to reach Namchi:

You can reach Namchi 100 Km from Siliguri or, New Jalpaiguri, nearest railway station by car @ INR 1500. Namchi can also be reached from Gangtok or, Peling via Ravangla, which is 26 Km from Namchi.

Where to stay at Namchi

Seven Hill Resort:

Possibly the best and of course costliest place to stay here is Seven Hill Resort. This resort is 4 km from the Namchi Mall at Kalidhara. On the way to the resort you will cross the residence of the Chief Minister of the state and his personal nursery. On the top of the hill the motor able road ends. You will be taken to the resort by two very energetic horses! You will reach the beautiful cottages of the resort riding on them on a hilly road. If you don't want to stay there visit the restaurant at least. They have 6 super deluxe cottages @ INR 3000 - 4000 and 6 suite cottages @ INR 3200 - 4000. Ph: +91 03595 263033

Other Hotels in Namchi:

  • Hotel Samudraptse Ph: +91 3595 264708/ 264806 @ INR 500 - 1000 DB or suite
  • Hotel Mayal Ph: +91 3595 264983 @ INR 500 - 1000 DB
  • Hotel Rockvill Ph: +91 97331 27292 @ INR 250 DB
  • Hotel Dimekhang Ph: +91 3595 263625 @ INR 350 DB


Tshering said...

excellent travel story. i will be a frequent visitor now. namchi is cool and i liked pelling too

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