South Sikkim is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. There is much to do and see here. From an imposing 130 ft statue of Buddha to the spectacular sunrise seen from Rayong hill, south Sikkim offers a rich catalogue of things to do to suit all interests. Our tour takes you across Ravangla and Namchi over six days and offers flexibility in terms of itinerary. There’s high altitude trekking for those who love adventure, while a trip to a wildlife sanctuary provides a less exertive option.
Best time to visit: March to May, September to January
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- All local transfers in premium SUVs
- Complimentary mineral water and hot towels on arrival
- All meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea
- Airport/railway station transfers
- All local permits
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any personal purchases including souvenirs/shopping
- Any personal/additional beverages like alcohol
- Any meal no specified in itinerary
- Travel insurance (if any)
- Any medical expenses
- Air travel
- Visit to Samdruptse
- 130 ft Buddha at Tathagata Tsa
- Visit to Rayong Sunrise Point
- Trek to Maenam Hill
- Arrive at Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and drive in our premier SUV to Ravangla . Hot towels and mineral water are provided en route to help you freshen up your journey.
- Situated at an altitude of 7000 feet, Ravangla is a picturesque town in south Sikkim, known for its lush foliage and panoramic views of the mountains.
- Check into hotel at Ravangla and take the rest of the day to relax and explore the surroundings.
- Enjoy the evening with refreshments and snacks around a bonfire followed by a dinner of popular Sikkimese dishes like momos, noodles and Gyathuk, a savoury broth of noodles, meats and fresh greens and Momos, steamed or fried dumpling stuffed with chicken or pork.
- Today will be spent sightseeing in Ravangla. After breakfast we will visit Tathagata Tsa, the famous Buddha Park that houses an imposing 130 ft statue of Gautam Buddha. The park is part of the Rabong Gompa a sacred pilgrimage site dating back to the last century.
- From here, we visit the Old Ralang Monastery, located 10 kilometres away and considered one of the most holy sites in Sikkim.
- Next, we visit the famous Ralong Hot Water Spring. This natural sulphur spring is popular among naturalists for its medicinal effects. Take a dip in the spring if you like and take your time to relax by the water bed.
- Return to the hotel where a hot meal awaits you. After dinner, you can retire to your rooms for the night.
- Wake up in the wee hours to reach Rayong Sunrise Point by 5am. Located at an altitude of 6700 ft, the spot offers fantastic v iews of the Sangalaila and Chola ranges. Here, photographers can have their heart’s fill of some amazing shots of the sunrise and the myriad hues that light up the snowy mountains.
- We return to our hotel for a quick breakfast to bolster us after the morning’s exertions.
- After breakfast you can choose to either undertake a trek up to Maenam Hill or visit the Maenam Sanctuary. The trek is of moderate difficulty and involves a 9 kilometres route that takes 4 hours of uphill walking and 2 hours to come down. Maenam Sanctuary is home to a diverse range flora and fauna including several species of butterflies, deer, Himalayan Black Bears and Re Pandas among others.
- After a late lunch, depart for Namchi where we stay overnight at a hotel.
- Today, we depart for Siddhesvara Dhaam, a popular pilgrim spot known for a massive 87 ft statue of the Hindu God Shiva in addition to replicas of the sacred ‘Chaar Dhaams’ of India including Badrinath, Jagannath, Rameshwaram and Dwarka. This is located on Solophok hill and includes 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- A little way from here is Samdruptse, also known as ‘wish fulfilling hill’ that is home to another gigantic statue of Guru Padmasambhava, patron saint of Sikkim. The statue is coated in copper and bronze and can be seen from miles away.
- On the way back to the hotel visit Temi Tea Estate, the only tea estate in Sikkim. Take a walk around the grounds. You could also try your hand at tea picking (in season).
- Once we return to hotel, you can take the rest of the day to relax or take leisurely strolls around the Mall.
- On the last day of the tour you can spend a few hours after breakfast shopping for local handicraft.
- Namchi is well known for its Thanka paintings, wood-carvings, hand-woven carpets, embroidered products and traditional dolls.
- After an early lunch we depart for New Jalpaiguri Railway Station/Bagdogra Airport. The drive takes about 3 and a half hours and you can see the landscape change as we come down from the hills to the plains.
- At the drop off point, our tour ends. Take one last look at the distant mountains and continue with your onward journey with the resolve to return, soon.