Namchi Sikkim

Namchi in Sikkim

Namchi at an altitude of 1675mt is a scenic settlement of South Sikkim. Dotted with sacred temples and monasteries, the town has emerged as a religious center of Sikkim in recent years. The most iconic monument in Namchi is the grandiose statue of Guru Padmasambhava sited atop the Samdruptse Hill. Enclosed with daunting hill and emerald green forest, Namchi in Sikkim has wooed the heart of many travelers with its mesmerizing vista of snow-capped Mt Kanchenjunga and the sacred religious sites like Solophok Chardham.

Namchi is the home of the world's largest statue of the revered saint Guru Padmasambhava with an average height of 118 feet. The hill atop which the figurine of Guru Rinpoche is built in reality is a dormant volcano. According to the ancient legend, Buddhist monks used to offer prayers to the volcano to keep it calm.

With the Sikkim Tour Packages of North Bengal Tourism, travelers can visit all the astounding religious sights and enjoy the amazing vista of the Kanchenjunga range and get an insight into Buddhist Philosophy. The Namchi Tour Package of North Bengal Tourism is both reasonable and tailor-made according to travelers' preferences.

Namchi Sightseeing Attractions

The sightseeing places are in abundance in Namchi. From historic religious sites to beautiful gardens, the following are the worth-visiting attractions in the town:

Solophok Char Dham

One of the most visited Hindu religious sites in Sikkim is Solophok Chardham. Constructed in Namchi on the Solophok Hills, the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is being visited by thousands of tourists as well as pilgrims every year. The major attraction of this religious center is a humongous 87 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva. Moreover, the pilgrimage temple constructed here has a height of around 108 feet. Along with the statue of Lord Shiva, the temple consists of twelve Jyotirlingas and four Dhams namely Badrinath, Jagannath, Dwarka, and Rameshwaram. Due to the magnificent beauty of the temple premises and the large statue of Lord Shiva, Solophok Chardham proves to be an ideal tourist as well as a pilgrimage site in Namchi.

Samdruptse Hill

Merely 5 km away from the heart of the town and at an elevation of 2134 meters above sea level, Samdruptse Hill is a pictorial site to visit. Also called the "wish-fulfilling hills", Samdruptse is famous for the giant statue of Guru Padmasambhava, a widely regarded saint in Sikkim. The statue has an approximate height of around 45 meters and gilded with none other than gold. Overlooking the entire city, the statue looks stunning to behold when it sparkles because the sunlight reflects on it. Apart from the large statue of Guru Padmasambhava, Samdruptse Hill is also a renowned place to witness a jaw-dropping view of Kanchenjunga.

Serdup Choling Monastery

Built-in the year 1967 AD by the Serdup Dungzin Jigme Wangchuk Rinpoche and his Brother Khachoed Tulku Dudjom Dorjee, in Namchi one can also visit the splendid Serdup Choling Monastery. The great exhibition of Buddhist architecture, the wall paintings, and the serene surroundings bewitch the travelers along with devotees to visit the monastery which is located in Namchi, Sikkim. Furthermore, inside the premises of the monastery, there are three statues of Guru Rimpoche, Santaraksita, and Tri Detson on an altar can be seen.

Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary

In Namchi Sikkim, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary is another promising place to visit. Stretching over an area of 35 kilometers, this wildlife sanctuary situated in the southern part of Sikkim hosts wild creatures like Red Panda, Serow, Goral, Leopard-Cat, Marbled-Cat, Civet-Cats, Barking Deer, etc can be spotted. When it comes to winged creatures, travelers can get to see Common Hill Partridge, Blood Pheasant, Magpies, Blue necked Pita, Sunbird, and Black Eagle. The name of the sanctuary means "treasure-house of medicines" because of the plenty of medicinal trees found here. Apart from the vast wildlife to witness, the sanctuary is also an ideal trekking destination for the trekkers.

Tendong State Biodiversity Park

The Tendong State Biodiversity Park, stretching over an area of 255 hectares of land on the southern part of Maenam-Tendong Ridge, is a fascinating forested area equipped with Chestnuts, Bamboos, Canes, Oaks, Walnuts & Alders, and rich troves of medicinal and flowering plants. The park is blessed with avifauna diversity and also hosts numerous endangered species of Sikkim Flora. The major wildlife of the park consists of Barking Deer, Flying Squirrels, and many more. By inaugurating Tendong State Biodiversity Park, the Government of Forest and the Department of Forest and Wildlife attempted to increase the population of endangered species. By providing them their natural habitats, the park is being able to save the creatures that were threatened to extinction.

Hotels in Namchi

Being a favored tourist destination there are many options of accommodation in Namchi. Visitors can either stay in budget hotels in Namchi or in cozy homestays. With North Bengal Tourism, travelers can save ample time and money while finding a hotel or homestay in the town according to their convenience and budgets. The hotels or even the homestays offer most of the latest amenities which are required for a comfortable overnight stay.

How to Reach Namchi

By Air: The nearest airport of Namchi is in Bagdogra. From Bagdogra Airport it is an overall 4hrs journey to reach Namchi.
Distance: The distance between Bagdogra to Namchi is 98 kilometers.

By Rail: The nearest railway station of Namchi is New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP). It takes 4hrs to reach Namchi from NJP.
Distance: The distance between NJP to Namchi is 94 kilometers.

By Road: With the car rental service of North Bengal Tourism visitors can rent a car from NJP to Namchi or hire a taxi from Bagdogra to Namchi at a reasonable fare to cover this distance. Some travelers also make Gangtok or Pelling their base to explore Namchi and its surrounding places. Regular buses ply between Gangtok to Namchi.
Distance: The distance between Gangtok to Namchi is 80 kilometers and Pelling to Namchi is 73 kilometers.

Best Time to Visit Namchi

April to June: During this time the weather of Namchi remains pleasant and visitors can enjoy the vista of blooming flowers.

July to September: During this time Namchi experience heavy rainfall and the road leading to Namchi becomes prone to landslides.

October to March: During this time visitors can witness the panoramic vista of snow-capped Himalayan ranges while being engulfed by the cool winds.

Travel Guidence for Namchi Sikkim

Q. What are the sightseeing attractions in and around Namchi?

The sightseeing attractions in and around Namchi are Solophok Chardham, Samdruptse Hills, Tendong State Biodiversity Park, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, Ngadak Monastery and more.

Q. Is Sikkim Safe for the travelers?

Sikkim for a long time has been a safe destination to visit for the travelers. The warm hospitality and the welcoming attitude of the locals are quite-praise worthy here.

Q. Is Namchi worth visiting?

The town has some of the promising tourist sites that make it a worthy destination to visit.

Q. How is the weather of this town?

The weather of this town is mostly soothing. The months of summer are pretty warm yet bearable. The temperature drops significantly in winter ranging from 8°C to -15°C.

Q. How can I reach Namchi from NJP or Bagdogra Airport?

NJP is the nearest railway stations at a distance of 98 km. Hired cars are available to reach Gangtok and hen to Namchi. The same goes to Bagdogra Airport.

Q. What are the activities to do in the city?

Go to Solophok Chardham to pray to the almighty god Shiva. Explore the wildlife of Tendong State Biodiversity Park and Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary.

Q. How can I reach Namchi, Sikkim?

Namchi can be reached from all its adjacent cities and destinations as the transportation system by road is quite good. Rented cars and even buses are available to reach the town.

Q. Is Solophok Chardham a pilgrimage site?

Yes, it is a temple solely dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thousands of devotees visit the temple to pray to god. Tourists also visit the temple to witness a large statue of Shiva.

Q. What kind of foods is available in Namchi Sikkim?

In the city, most of the Tibetan foods are available. Dishes like Momo, Thukpa, Phagshapa, Kinema Curry, Chaang and more are available here.

Q. What's the distance between Namchi and Gangtok?

The distance from Namchi to Gangtok is around 78 km. Via Namchi - Namthang Rd and NH10, it take around two and half hours to reach the capital town of Sikkim.


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