Namchi

The capital of south Sikkim district,Namchi is located at an average elevation of 1315 meters above sea level. The area is fast growing into a tourist destination with its enormous potential for all round tourist activities. The Namchi monastery, Ralong monastery and Tendong Hill are important Buddhist pilgrimage centres. The world’s largest statue (at 118 feet) of the Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim, is on the Samdruptse hill (The Wish Fulfilling well) opposite Namchi and is a must visit.

Painted in shimmering copper and bronze, the impressively vast 45m-high Padmasambhava statue dominates the Samdruptse hilltop. Completed in 2004 on a foundation stone laid by the Dalai Lama, it’s visible from miles around, shining like a golden cone amid the forests of Samdruptse Hill. Reputedly it can be seen from Darjeeling. Recently in November 2011, Siddeshvara dhaam was inaugurated as a pilgrim cum cultural centre; the place is actually a replica of the 4 Dhams namely Jagannath, Dwarika, Rameshawaram and Badrinath and has a 108 ft statue of Lord Shiva that rivals the monolithic statue of Padmasambhava.

A helipad is located 5 km away from town at an altitude of around 5000 ft., from here one can get the most panoramic view of Mt. Kanchendzonga with the surrounding mountain a part of Darjeeling Kalimgpong and the rolling plains of Bengal. The other major attractions include Temi Tea Garden, The Annual Flower show held at the Namchi gardens and The Baichung Football Stadium.


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