In & around Namchi

Considered as the most sacred monastery of Sikkim, Ralang Monastery was built in order to commemorate the successful pilgrimage of the fourth Chogyal to Tibet. The monastery holds a cultural and historical significance.

Currently, it houses more than 100 monks and embraces a stunning collection of paintings. Every year Ralang Monastery hosts the festival of Pang Lhabsol.

To promote Sikkim as a pilgrimage destination, the state government decided to make a statue of Sakyamuni Buddha in Buddha Park. People from India and across the world come and here and seek the blessing of Lord Buddha.

The park offers a panoramic view of snowcapped mountains, and an ample walkway for visitors to enjoy the serene surroundings, spiritual ambience of the location adds to the experience. There is a meditation center within the park, and additional infrastructures for Buddhist conclave.

Imagine! An 87 feet long statue of Lord Shiva encircled by a replica of the 12 Jyotirlingas (devotional object representing the god Shiva) and four Dhams (names of four pilgrimage sites in India).

Solophok Chardham is one of the most sacred places in Sikkim. The temple is built on top of the Solophok Hill in South Sikkim which is about 5 kilometers from Namchi.

Maenam wildlife sanctuary houses a rich assortment of medicinal plants and herbs. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 3500 hectares and reaches an altitude of 10,600 ft above sea level.

Maenam wildlife sanctuary is home to species like Red Panda, Goral, Serow, Barking Deer, Marbled-Cat, Leopard-Cat, Civet-Cats, Blood Pheasant, Common Hill Partridge, Magpies, Black Eagle, and Blue necked Pita, Sunbirds and many other animals that are usually found in temperate forests.

Spread over an area of 255 hectares, the Tendong state biodiversity park houses many endangered varieties of birds and animals.

The forest department of Sikkim are the caretakers of the Biodiversity Park. One can see some of the endangered species like Barking Deer, Flying Squirrels, and a variety of mammals.