Namchi, which literally means ‘top of the sky’, rests in the blissful state of Sikkim. Blessed with bounties of nature, Namchi offers travellers seamless solace. From here you can catch matchless views of the Khangchendzonga range and Rangit Valley apart from visiting some soul soothing monasteries taking you in the world of spirituality.
The Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary is known for diverse medicinal plants and herbs found here. It covers an area of 3500 hectares and here you get a chance to spot Red Panda, Barking Deer and leopard cat. For bird lovers, the sanctuary is an ideal place with flamboyant birds like hill partridge, magpies, black eagle and the Blood pheasant. Here you will also find a Buddhist monastery named as the Maenam Gumpa apart from a beautiful stream which merges into the Teesta River.
This sacred monastery of Sikkim was raised to honour the pilgrimage of the fourth Ghogyal to Tibet. Here over a hundred monks reside, keeping the local cultures alive. The monastery hosts the annual festival, Pang Lhabsol and remains an epitome of Buddhist culture.
Samdrupste Hill houses the state of Guru Padmasambhava which looks splendid with bounty of nature sprinkled around. As you enter into the complex, you see a display of some rare photos and artefacts taking you back into history. Other than its historical significance, the place also has religious significance and is visited by travellers from all over the world.
Here rests the life size statue of Lord Shiva rising to a height of 87 feet. The main statue is encircled by replicas of the twelve jyotirlingas apart from the four dhams of holy places in the country. The temple has been built on the Solophok hill and here travellers can witness many on-going cultural activities. �
Raised under the rule of the Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal, Ngadak Monastery is a serenity oozing site with hundreds of prayer flags greeting travellers. The monastery gives you a glimpse of old Sikkim. Though it was once damaged by an earthquake, it was reconstructed again.
Just 4 km away from Ravangla, Doling Gompa is a famous monastery perched on an elevated platform. From here you can savour vista of mighty mountains apart from surrounding thick forest cover. It is believed that the Doling monastery has stone bearing the footprint of Dorje lingpa.