Namchi Tourism

Namchi Tourism

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  • State: Sikkim
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Namchi, located at an average elevation of 1,315 metres, is the capital of the South Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. The place has derived its name from two words; Nam meaning the ‘sky’ and Chi meaning ‘high’ that translates as the top of the sky. 

Historical facts state that the entire state of Sikkim was once under the reign of the Chogyals. In addition, it is also believed that the Chogyals were the main emperors of Sikkim as well as Ladakh. As per legend, it is said that the Sikkimese Princess, Pende Ongmoo, cheated a Sikkimese Chogyal. The supporters of Chogyal after knowing this got angry and killed her. The place where the princess was killed is believed to be present day Namchi. In addition, it is also believed that her spirit still haunts the foothills of Ghurpisey.

Another popular legend attached to the destination is associated with the Samdruptse Hill. This hill is believed to fulfil all wishes, where the largest statue in the world of Lord Padmasambhava is also established. Formerly, this hill was believed to be a volcano, which is now dormant. According to myths, it is said that Buddhist saints and monks go up the hill and pray that the volcano does not erupt.

The majority of the population of Namchi consists of Hindus and Buddhists; the languages spoken in the region are Nepali, English and Hindi. Every year Namchi hosts the 'The Gold Cup' football tournament at the Baichung Stadium. Teams from Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and all over India participate in this tournament.

Furthermore, in the month of February, the Namchi garden hosts an annual flower show. The special attraction of this show is the exhibition of exotic and rare orchids. Besides orchids, the show is famous for being the largest flower show in Sikkim. In addition, the place also hosts Namchi Mahotsav in October which is a tourism, culture and food festival.

Namchi has become one of the popular tourist attractions as well as pilgrimage centres. The Namchi Monastery, Ralong Monastery and Tendong Hill are some of the most prominent attractions of the destination. The world's largest statue of Buddhist deity Lord Padmasambhava, with a height of around 118 feet is located at the Samdruptse hill, which is another popular attraction. Apart from these, Namchi Rock Garden located between Namchi town and Samdruptse, is another major attraction of the destination.

Namchi can be reached by flights, which are served by the Bagdogra Airport, located at a      distance of around 100 km away.  In addition, the destination is also connected to the rest of India via the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, which is situated at a distance of 91.7 km from Namchi. Buses are also available for travellers, which are operated by the Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT).

The best time to explore Namchi is during the summer season, which extends from the month of March to June.
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Namchi Traveller Reviews

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  • swastik73
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 140 photos
  • 54 Reviews

"A very good place to relax and unwind"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Namchi is a city where you can go and unwind yourself. Gangtok is too crowded in compare to Namchi. It has a good market place, great sightseeing, religious places. The food is good and everything is available. You can also have wonderful view of Mount Kanchenjunga. I would recommend this place to anyone who are looking to relax and unwind at reasonable budget and also can enjoy the benefits of city life.
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Subham Majumder
  • Subham Majumder
  • Lives in Krishnanagar
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  • 1 Review

"A good place to experience"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 12, 2014
Namchi and ravangla should be planned, and should be visited in a tandem. The place will never cease to mesmerize you with mother nature's virtually experience and it's richness hereupon. Right from hefty mountains, orchids, rhododendrons, birds to lush green tea gardens, every thing will amaze you. Cafeteria, then of course wonderful Buddhist monasteries, and the temple Char Dham everything is beautiful. Local food is superb and even better are the local people. They will help you out with anything and everything that they posses. Must try out the thukpas and the momos. Trekking and adventure sports can be experienced here.
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Nikhilesh Maloo
  • Nikhilesh Maloo
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"Wonderful part of Sikim"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 24, 2014
It was an awesome refreshment in Namchi.
The place is always cold. We loved the weather there.
Whole of the Valley is full of natural mountains, falls, forests.

Places to visit:
View of Mt. Kanchanjunga
Samdruptse Statue
Temi Tea Garden
Sai Temple
Char Dham Temple

We enjoyed the ride in the single lane mountain roads. The cool temperature of Namchi keeps you cool whole day
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Sudhaker Sudha
  • Sudhaker Sudha
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 5 Reviews

"Don't miss Namchi"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jun 27, 2014
Natch is a very nice place. The place is filled with natural beauty and we did have a good time.
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Ajay Singh
  • Ajay Singh
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 6 Reviews

"Calm and Beautiful Place!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Apr 21, 2014
Namchi is one of the best locations I have ever visited during my life. The scenic beauty on the way to Namchi is a memorable one. The Temi Tea garden is worth a visit. The pure atmosphere and the tea made up of fresh leaves is hard to forget. I, along with my family, visited Namchi during May 2013 and still with my closed eyes, I can feel the freshness of natural beauty. The main attraction of Namchi is Chardham. A religious corner made for the tourist is must visit place. The miniatures of Famous Indian temple are there and one main temple of Lord Shiva is worth visiting. The cleanliness around the area is appreciable. Situated at a hill, you can also enjoy the natural beauty around. There is vegetarian restaurant where you can have veg thali and other items. April and May is the best season when the cold is very moderate and weather is clear. If possible the area should be visited during night.
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Vineet Sharma
  • Vineet Sharma
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"A blissfull trip to Namchi"

  • Posted Apr 7, 2013
Namchi is a very peaceful place with no much population.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are 3-4 must watch places like the Char Dham - a vastly spread temple amidst the beauty of hillls.
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Dibyendu Adak
  • Dibyendu Adak
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  • Posted Oct 30, 2012
if you r going for a trip of gangtok please visit namchi.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: visit the temple ( 4 dham ) at evening.

Activities & things to do: enjoy local site seen.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: book a car from n.j.p and stay for a night in namchi
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  • Parthab
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"A good rememberness, Namchi tour"

  • Posted Jun 2, 2010
I was feeling happy when I reached Namchi. I escaped from Kolkata's pollution, heat, car horns, etc...

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Frankly speaking, you will not get your daily food at cheap rate. Here is costly all our daily food. You can have Chowmin, Momo, other Tibetian & Chinese dishes... That is simply lovely...
When you have reached Namchi, don't waste your time at hotel room. Just get out from the hotel room & enjoy the beauty of nature. On the way of Namchi from Siliguri, the forest, Teeasta river will catch your eyes. At Namchi, the most viewable things is Central Park, Shopping Malls. Next day start your journey to Gyalshing. Flower garden, planting, orchid.. Simply nice.... From Gyalshing you have to go there by walk..
You can buy Souvenir from the market at Namchi.. There are many items waiting for you..

Activities & things to do: Just enjoy & enjoy.. Delete all drastic thing from your mind..

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: You have to carry ID Proof, Address Proof with you. Carry some necessary medicine, woolen clothes & abviously CAMERA.... Other wise you will left all sweet moments which you have enjoyed there.
At first, you have to reach at Tenjing Norge Bus Stand at Siliguri. From there you can hire jeep, Tata Sumo, etc.. or you can reach Namchi by the bus of Sikkim Tourism Dept. It's situated near the Tenjing Norge Bus Stand.
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  • Parthab
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"Namchi Tour"

  • Posted May 28, 2010
I felt happy to disguise at Namchi from the pollution, traffic jam of Kolkata. Every tourist go to Gangtok, Darjeeling. But, I will refer them Namchi. It is pollution free, green, plastic bag free, gutkha free, cigarate free zone. Oh.. I like Namchi very much.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: At hill area, you will not get our normal food like rice, fish etc. You can take noodles, momo, meat. Here pork is a favourite dish. You can take liquire but you can't smoke.
At Namchi, you can visit local bazar, central park, nursery at Galshing. If you like to go at Galshing, you should start the journey at morning. Some distance you have to cross by walking.
You can shopping here. But price is not reasonable as other cities of West Bengal.

Activities & things to do: Please remember, don't smoke or take gutkha at Namchi. If you will found to smoke, Namchi Police will fine for the crime.
Local people of Namchi are very honest & friendly. Don't misbehave with them.
Namchi is cool area. The best season to make trip there from March to June. You should carry woolen dresses.
You should carry ID proof with you. If you are on a official tour, then carry ID proof along with office permit copy.
And don't forget to carry camera.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: If you are making journey by train, then you have to reach NJP (New Jalpaiguri). From NJP you have to go at Tenjing Norge busstand by bus, trecker. You can go by bus of Sikkim Tourism. The time of starting at 8.00 am & 12.00 pm. Or you can go by TATA Sumo, Jeep, or other for wheeler.
Hotels at Namchi are in reasonable fare.
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