SOUTH SIKKIM TOUR PLAN|TRAVEL GUIDE|2020|
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I am sharing my South Sikkim Journey.
RAVANGLA BUDDHA PARK
Ravangla Buddha Park is the best place to visit South Sikkim. I suggest that you try to stay near this location as the scenic beauty andsurroundings of this place is the best in whole town. Upon reaching Ravangla first check in to your hotel and then go to visit Buddha Park.
The Park is open from 9Am to 5Pm. The formal name of Buddha Park is Tathagata Tsal. At the centre of this park you willsee a beautiful tall statue of Lord Buddha.At the base of this statue there is museum and meditation centre which is open to all.
The museum shows the life story of Lord Buddha.Surrounding this central statue there is a well-manicured garden with ample sitting arrangements.In the middle of the garden you will find a beautiful fountain.At the entrance there are some small eateries and souvenir stalls. You can spend hours here without getting bored.
- Here a good mid-range hotel will cost around Rs 1000 to 1500 per day for a double bed room.
- The entry fee to the park is Rs 50 per person.
From Buddha Park go to visit Ralang Monastery. It is just 10km away from Buddha Park. The architecture of this monastery is stunning.
Like other Buddhist monastery, this place is also famous for its calm and quiet environment.
In the morning, I witnessed gorgeous sunrise from our hotel room. We stayed adjacent to Buddha Park. We saw a remarkable view of Mount Kanchenjunga long with its sister peaks Pan dim, Kabru, Sinialchu, and many others glittering brightly behind the statue of Lord Buddha right from our hotel room.
TEMI TEA GARDEN
After breakfast, we first went to the Temi Tea Garden.
The road to Temi tea garden moved through the famous mountain forests of South Sikkim. We observed fresh greeneries everywhere. We parked our car in front of the tea shop of this tea estate. The first thing we noticed after getting down from the car was vast rolling green slopes of tea plants spread before us. Temi tea garden is one of the most beautiful tea estates in the world. The tea garden uses only organic fertilizers in the production of tea.100 metric ton of organic tea is produced here annually.
In the morning you will see many workers plucking tea leaves from the garden. This tea garden is famous for its natural beauty. The paths that pass through the tea plants are very neat and clean. We enjoyed a walk through these paths.
NAMCHI SOUTH SIKKIM
From Temi tea garden we went to Namchi. Namchi is the district headquarter of South Sikkim. Fresh green mountain forests and cool weather are two specialties of this place. Therfore the place attracts numerous tourists every year. I enjoyed this trip a lot. Our next destination was Siddheswara Dham.
It is a recent addition to the list of tourist attractions in South Sikkim. This place houses replicas of four Dhams Badrinath,Jagannath, Dwarka, and Rameshwaram at oneplace. It is located in Solophok hilltop in Namchi.
- The entry fee to the temple main area is Rs 50 per person.
The place has a stall maintained by the temple authority which kept our shoes securely. After entering through the main temple area we first saw a statue of Kirateshwar Mahadev. At the centre of the main area, there is the famous 108 ft tall statue of Lord Shiva. Surrounding this statue you can see four main temples which are replicas of four Dhams. Alos this place are houses replicas of 12 Jyotirlingas. On a normal day, you can find numerous devotees here who came to offer their homage to God.
SAI BABA MANDIR
Recently, Sai Baba Mandir builted in South Sikkim. Food court and accommodation facilities are also available for the tourists. From there we went to nearby Sai Mandir.
This is a beautiful temple dedicated to the Shirdi Sai Baba. The architecture of this two-storied temple is literally stunning. The garden surrounding the temple was well-maintained. On a clear day, you can see Kanchenjunga peaks from this place. Now a day it is most favorite tourist attraction.
Next, we went to Samdruptse Hill. We parked our car in the car parking place at the base of the hill.
A 5-7 minutes’ walk is required to reach the park where stands the famous 118 ft tall statue of Guru Rinpoche. The bronze cooler painted Statue of Guru Rinpoche shining brightly in sun was really a treat for our eyes .
The basement of the statue is very clean. There have some sitting arrangements. We enjoyed the beautiful view of the surrounding hills sitting here.
- The entry fee to the area is Rs 20 per person.
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