South Sikkim Travel Guide

An ideal escapade from the bustling city life, South Sikkim is more of countryside region with oodles of opportunities for adventure as well as recreational activities. South Sikkim region is a 75000 hectare area dedicated to the surreal landscape; in fact it is a region that reflects the perfect harmony between man and nature. An ideal destination to unwind and meditate or even romance, the southern part of Sikkim is a hidden gem that must be explored by tourists.

South Sikkim is also a sacred region with Buddhist monasteries adorning and sanctifying the nooks and corners of it. There are places like Namchi, where the major attractions are that of religious importance. The two famous attractions to witness here include Samdruptse Hill where a gigantic statue of Guru Padmanasambhav is located, and Solophok Chardham, where an 87 feet high statue of Lord Shiva bless the devotees visiting. Another not to miss place in South Sikkim is Ravangla. It is a breathtaking town and is known for its lush tea gardens. One of the popular tourist destinations in South Sikkim, Ravangla is super scenic and has a historical market of Kewzing which makes its major tourist attraction. Apart from Namchi and Ravangla there are other interesting places to visit in South Sikkim like Jorethang, Rabong, Borong, Tendong and Maenam Hill, and Sikip. Each beautiful in their own way and perfect for a rejuvenating holiday, of course. For the adventure lovers, South Sikkim is an ideal destinations with heart racing activities like that of river rafting and high altitude trekking. Amongst the major treks in South Sikkim includes the Himalayan Trek, Meanam Hill Trek and Tendong Hill Trek.

A small place called Sikip is a perfect place to visit in South Sikkim where river rafting in the Rangeet River are partaken by adventure enthusiasts. For leisure seekers, there are activities like fishing and angling to relish. The Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, located above the Tendong Hill, is a must seewildlife destination, and apart from being an ideal place to spot rich flora and fauna, it makes for an exciting trekand with its alluring forest and Himalayan species such as Goral, Serow, Barking Deer, Red Panda, Leopard-Cat, Marbled-Cat, Civet-Cats, Common Hill Partridge, Magpies, Blood Pheasant, Black Eagle and more.

South Sikkim is also known for its beautiful monasteries, which are mostly colourful and have a lot to offer to a historical and architecture buff. Amongst the most important monasteries to see in South Sikkim is Ngadak Monastery, which is also one of the oldest monasteries in Namchi and despite the fact that it was rebuilt after it got damaged by an earthquake it still seeps a sense of old Sikkim. Bon Monastery in South Sikkim, on the other hand is comparatively newer and offers utmost tranquility and peace of mind . The interiors of the monasteries are fitted with the paintings of Bon deities and Bon Demonical Buddha. Apart from these, Southern region of Sikkim is blessed with many other monasteries such as Serdup Choling Monastery in Namchi, Ugen Ling Ghumpa in Jorethang, Palchen Chosling Monastery also known as Ralang Monastery near Ravangla.

Sikkim Travel Information at a Glance