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Namchi, also known as Namtse, is the capital of the district of South Sikkim. Namchi is made of two words Nam which, in the local language, means sky and Chi which means high. Together they mean the top of the sky. 

There are many tourist attractions in and around the place, like - Rock Garden, Tendong Hill, Temi Tea Garden, Helipad, and Solophok Chardham, that have eventually made it a tourist spot for people from around the nation. 

Apart from these tourist destinations, there are a few places in Namchi from where you can witness and appreciate the picturesque views of Mt. Kanchenjunga which is the third highest peak in the world. 

Namchi is also popular among tourists for a gigantic statue of a Buddhist Padmasambhava, who is also known as Guru Rinpoche, situated on the hill opposite to Namchi. Moreover, the spas and the bars in this town are very relaxing for the tourists.

The months from March to June are considered to be the best time to visit Namchi as the overall temperature during this time of the year is quite pleasant for sightseeing.

Also Read: A religiously and politically rich city, this place has a lot of traditional values attached to it

History of Namchi

As per an old legend, Ajatashatru, the king of Magadh, shifted his capital from hilly Rajagriha to Namchi to have an edge over his enemies, Licchavis of Vaishali. 

It is also believed that Gautam Budhha visited this place during the very last year of his life. He predicted a great future for the city, but also warned of some damages from feud, fire, and floods.

Major Attractions of Namchi

1.Siddeshwar Dham. The Dham is considered as a huge pilgrimage complex and is popularly known as Chardham. This place is spread over an area of 29 hectares and consists of a 108 feet tall statue of Shiva. Tourists swear by that it is one of the best places to visit near Namchi. For the people who are spiritually inclined, this place is no less than a heaven. 

2.Sai Mandir. It is a Hindu temple which is located at the Assangthang area of Namchi in Sikkim. This place is also considered as one of the most popular pilgrimage places in the city. It was built in 2010 and has been dedicated to Sri Shirdi Sai Baba.

3.Ngadak Monastery. One of the oldest monasteries in Namchi, this one, too, is located in Sikkim and is also known as the Nandak Gumpa. This place was built in the 17th century by Tensung Namgya, which was the time of the reign of the Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal.

4.Tendong Hill. Tourists can consider visiting Tendong Hill which is an amazing place to see the natural scenic views of nature. The meaning of Tendong is an upraised horn and this place is simply brilliant to visit with your loved ones and create long-lasting and cherishing memories. This is one of the best things about Namchi Tourism.

5.Kitam Bird Sanctuary. You can also visit Kitam Bird Sanctuary. This place is a wonder of nature and offers a considerable variety of wildlife species. This place lies somewhere between 1200 and 3200 feet above sea level. Moreover, at this sanctuary, you will be finding two rivers namely the Manpur River and River Rangit.

6.Rvangla. If in Sikkim, you must visit Rvangla, which is a small hill town situated in South Sikkim. It is located at an altitude of 7000 feet and is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Sikkim. You have to experience its travel and tourism sector!

Local Food of Namchi

You cannot claim to have visited or explored a place to the fullest if you have not tasted its local food! Same is the case with Namchi. The place is home to some delicious local dishes that you must try. Some popular ones among them are - Gundruk Soup, Sael Roti, Thukpa, Chhurpi-Ningro Curry, and Chaang. 

How to Reach Namchi

By Air. The nearest airport to Namchi is the Bagdogra Airport. It is situated at a distance of around 110 km away from the city. From the airport, you would need to either take a cab or some other means of transportation to reach desired locations in Namchi.

By Train. If you are planning to visit Namchi via train, then the nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri railway station and from there you would have to take a cab or a taxi. Trains from all parts of the country arrive here, hence one may consider travelling by rail if looking for a comfortable and budget-friendly travel option. 

By Road. Namchi is quite well connected via the road network. So, if you are planning to visit Namchi via road from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru then you have to cover approximately 1,500, 2,300, 650, and 2,500 km respectively.

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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