Namchi Tourism
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Namchi Tourism

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  • State: Sikkim
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: West Sikkim
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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Mumtaz Nabiuddin

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  • Mumtaz Nabiuddin
  • Lives in Howrah
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"A must visit destination when travelling to Darjeeling & Gangtok"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Namchi is a small place which comes on the way between Darjeeling & Gangtok. If you are planning to visit Darjeeling & Gangtok then add this to your list and you won't regret this decision.

The place is surrounded by tea gardens and has nice weather, you will have to go by cab as no public transport is available. If you are going to Namchi then you have to return the same day as there are few/No accommodation available. It is not so crowded like Darjeeling and Gangtok, you can see fog just few metres away from you palm even during sunny days. The best part is when your car climbs the hill, it gets little cold and when it comes down it gets little warmer, you grab a bunch of organically grown carrots are really good price.

Enjoy a nice Sip of Tea and some snacks available at local shops. Take the memory with you for a lifetime.
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Suvobroto Ray chaudhuri

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  • Suvobroto Ray chaudhuri
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Visit to get the feel of being home"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2015
Namchi, is the capital of South Sikkim. The average elevation of Namchi is 4,314 ft. I would recommend for a 2-night stay in Namchi. It is a very small and beautiful town. Namchi has become a very popular tourist place nowadays. Central Park, rightly named in Namchi is the central location where the main town surrounds. You will find the place to be well decorated and planned with shops and food courts. You can spend some quality leisure time with your family just sitting for hours in the Central Park.

Namchi, is located in such an elevation that you will enjoy the weather. My trip to Namchi was in the month of November. It was cold there and you need to wear heavy woollen garments. Namchi offers an unmatched view of the Mt Khanchenjunga range (from certain locations provided you get the clear sky) and the Rangit valley. You can see sparkling Darjeeling Town also from Namchi in the night.

Char Dham is the main attraction for tourists in Namchi. It is located on a hill top and is about 5 km distance from Namchi Town. This Pilgrim Centre has a most important temple of 108 feet height on which is established the 87 feet high statue of Lord Shiva. Apart from this there are also replicas of the twelve Jyotirlingas, to offer one platform to worship for the devotees of Lord Shiva. A statue of 16 feet height of Lord Kirateshwar is also installed in this place. As per the Hindu belief in order to attain eternity, one has to perform pilgrimage to all the existing four Dhams, hence, replicas of these four Dhams has been built in the same premises.

Other major attractions include, Temi Tea Garden, Namchi Monastery and the statue of Guru Rinpoche. Temi tea Garden is the sole tea garden in the state of Sikkim and it produces top quality teas for the international market. The tea garden originates from Tendong Hill. A visit to the tea factory helps learn more about the tea processing. Statue of Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim. The statue in Namchi is the tallest statue of the saint.

During my visit to Namchi, I stayed in Seven Seas Resort. During evening time you can spend some leisure time with your family just sitting on the benches of the resort for view of glittering Darjeeling Town. Visit to Namchi is very much suggested with family during Winter.
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Basab Ray chaudhuri

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"Emerging tourist place in Sikkim"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 11, 2015
Namchi, district headquarters of South Sikkim, situated 100 kms from NJP and 78 kms from Gangtok. Altitude is about 5500 ft. I visited the place in March, having excellent weather. Kanchanjangha could be seen from there. It is a small town, home town of CM Mr Pawam Chamling. Receiving lots of support from the Government for devolopment of a popular tourist location.

The Char Dhaams on the hill top, constructed recently, is the most attractive tourist spot. Apart from the char dhaams, there are 87 ft statue of Lord Shiva. Temi Tea Garden and Padmasambhava statue on the Samdruptse Hill are also attractive. In the evening visit the Central Park, where you can do shopping. There are food stalls in the market, where you will find samosa, golgappa, rasogolla and so many tasty food items. Namchi is also famous for orchid gardens. Visit them. I suggest that on the way to Rabungla /Gangtok tourists may spend 1N /2D at Namchi. You will like the place.
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Amit Ghosh

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"A laid back trip-Namchi"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Nov 27, 2015
If you are in search of a place to relax for a day in the mountains, Namchi is the place to be. With the picturesque view of the mountain ranges and the less dense crowd makes it a place for a comfortable stay. For a religious outing you have a host of temples and monasteries awaiting you.
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Navin Tiwari

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"Sikkim is incomplete without Namchi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 17, 2015
The best attraction is Buddha park (Tathagata Tsal) situated near Rabong (Ravangla). In the morning you feel the divine bliss of Buddha & a giant statue touches the skies. At night don't forget to miss the Musical fountain show.

Another one is 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.

Char Dham is a box-up of all Hindu temples place at one location. The perfect devotional place must to be visited. If you want to stay there, you have an option of staying inside the premises. A really placed hotel & well maintained.

At last don't miss the Temi Tea Garden, a only & the biggest Tea garden in Sikkim. Sikkim Govt owns it. You also get the opportunity to visit the tea factory.

Recommended Hotel: Cherry Resort in Temi Tea Garden.

This resort will give you the endless sight of tea garden, located at hill cliff. Ends-up a perfect location of Honeymooners & peace loving travelers.
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Prashanth Pattamatta

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  • Prashanth Pattamatta
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"Nice get away | Full of temples, monasteries and tea gardens"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 9, 2015
During our week-long stay in Sikkim, we took a 1 day trip to South Sikkim. We hired a cab, started at 8 in the morning and came back by 6 in the evening. It was a nice sojourn to the South of Sikkim and its warmer compared to the other parts of Sikkim like East/North Sikkim. South Sikkim is famous for pilgrimage tourism, and also for its abundant Temi Tea gardens.

Temi Tea is unique to Sikkim and is mostly exported to foreign countries. We stopped at a couple of the tea gardens, clicked pictures, tasted a variety of the tea and bought some as well. The tea has a distinct flavor, awesome aroma and the taste lingers for a while. Recommend fellow travelers to definitely give this a try. Just the day before our visit, we tried black tea in the "Golden Tips" shop on the MG road, Gangtok. And I would prefer the white tea to the black one on any day.

Coming to the pilgrimage part of the trip, we visited the places Samdruptse, Solophok and Rabong in that order. Samdrupste is known for the world's largest statue of the Buddhist Padmasambhava. While Solophok is known for the huge Shiva temple and replicas of the famous "Char Dham" located in Rameshwaram(South), Puri Jagannath(East), Dwaraka(West), Badrinath(North) across India. Rabong is where there is a huge statue of Buddha, installed in commemoration of his 2550th birth anniversary. Inside the premises, you can find the life history of Buddha explained through paintings. Samdrupste and Solophok are located, literally, on the top of 2 different hills and you can catch a glimpse of each while travelling towards the other.

Overall, South Sikkim has places where you can sit in peace, relax, enjoy the silence, marvel at the greenery, catch a cup of Temi and be closer to nature and if you are believer, God as well :) :P
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"A very good place to relax and unwind"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jan 4, 2015
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

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"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

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"Wonderful part of Sikim"

  • 7.0/7
  • 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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"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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