To promote Religious Tourism in Sikkim, this newly developed Pilgrimage-cum-Cultural Centre is constructed on top of the Solophok Hill in South-Sikkim. View for miles, the 26½ m high statue of Lord Shiva in sitting posture that marks the location of the main temple. Apart from this giant statue, the replicas of twelve Jyotirlingas along with the four Dhams; Badrinath, Jagannath, Dwarka and Rameshwaram are also installed in the complex (7 acres approx). This stunning imitation of chardham amidst the serene nature of Sikkim, has become one of the top tourist destinations in Sikkim, especially among the devotees of Lord Shiva.
What To Do And See
On your soul enlightening visit to Solophok Chardham, there are many other popular tourist spot around it that can interests the visitors. The two popular treks- Tendong Hill and Maenam Hill, geographically residing next to each other, can be explored along with the nearby Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary and Tendong State biodiversity Park that are like cherry on top, for the adventure seekers. There are many beautiful and popular monasteries such as Ralang Monastery, Doling Gompa, Ngadak Monastery and Serdup Choling Monastery residing in Namchi that ask for a sure visit. The self-promulgating giant Statue of Buddhist Padmasambhava allures the tourists to come to Samdruptse Hill for a closer lstare.
Solophok Chardham is situated 5 km away from Namchi. Regular SSRTC buses / shared taxis are available from major cities of Sikkim to reach Namchi from where one can hire a cab or get onto a bus to reach here.
Best Time To Visit
Solophok Chardham can be visited anytime of the year, to witness the festival celebration that happens throughout the year. But for the mesmerising views the months between March and May and September and January are the best to behold the spectacular Mt Kanchendzonga and the colorful flowers blossoming around the complex. It is open 12 hours a day. Nominal entry fee is applicable per adult.