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Namchi is the capital state of South Sikkim. It is often called the cultural capital of Sikkim. The place is a well-developed hub of religious and cultural tourism in Sikkim. Namchi is located at a high altitude of 5500 ft and in the southern district of Sikkim. While travelling from Gangtok to Namchi you can explore the 21km stretch tea garden which produces the finest tea at Sikkim. Namchi has the most popular cultural and food festival held every Octobor when it is filled with the bustles of people from all over the state who come together to celebrate the festival. Great flower shows are held in February and March.
Namchi, is the capital of South Sikkim. It is believed Sikkim was ruled by the Chogyals. They ruled both Ladakh and Sikkim. It is believed that the Sikkimese Princess Pende Ongmoo deceived a Sikkimese Chogyal. When the people of Sikkim got to know about it, they killed the princess. The place where Pende Ongmoo was killed is presently the town of Namchi.
Things to do
Trekking at Tendong Hills
Trekking at Tendong Hills is a major adventurous attraction for the tourists in the Damthang town. It is the main base for setting up the camps for trekking to Tendong Hill. This attraction is a must to enjoy the green landscape all around.
Places to see
The following places are worth a visit to experience the rich cultural heritage of Sikkim treasured in Namchi:
- 1. Namchi Helipad
This is a wonderful open space to get the helipad view of the breath taking view of the Kanchenjunga snow peaks. Here you can get the full view of Kalimpong hills and Darjeeling. Keeping the helipad on the left, you will be mesmerised to discover the large statue of Lord Shiva on the hilltops.
- 2. Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir and Pigrimage Centre
At a distance of 10 minutes from Namchi, you can discover the Sai Mandir and Pilgrimage Centre. This is the first Sai Baba temple in the whole of Sikkim. The temple is located at the corner of two roads, and possesses an attractive garden with beautiful intricate architecture work all around. The Sai baba idol is kept on an elevated platform on the first floor, with great paintings and sculptures of many gods and goddesses around the walls.
- 3. Char Dam
Next to the great Sai Baba Temple there is an immensely popular tourist attraction and possibly the best attraction in Namchi- the pilgrim centre called the Char Dham. It is located on the top of a hill about 5 kms from the town centre. This centre takes Sikkim to a new height of Pilgrimage and religious tourism. There are twelve replicas of jyotrilingas here so that there is one platform for all devotees to pay their gratitude to god and there are four replicas of four dhams dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
- 4. Samdruptse Monastry
The Samdruptse Monastry is 7kms from the town of Namchi, on the Samdruptse hill. Samdruptse means ‘Wish Fulfilling Hill’. The locals believe that any wish asked with full faith here will surely come true. The awestrucking mammothwhich is a 45 meter statue of Sikkim’s Guru Padmasambhava set up on a elevated platform which surely proves to be a visual treat for your eyes. The Guru’s face is coated with gold that glitters in the sun and a walk around the platform will give you the beautiful view of the magnificent forests and mountains.
- 5. Namchi Rock Garden
The landscaped garden is just 10 km from Saudrapaste monastery. It is a beautiful garden with waterfalls, gazebo, arched bridges over lilly pools and may rare different kinds of flowers. The calm and quiet atmosphere and the nature soothe your soul. The highlight of the rock garden is the orchids. You will see a rare flower called Timbur which is a sour citrus plant possessing great medicinal value to cure liver ailments and lung congestion.
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