Ravangla is a charming town in Sikkim that is fast gaining popularity as a tourist destination. It is located at an altitude of 7000 feet and offers amazing views of the majestic Himalayan range. Ravangla in South Sikkim is dotted with pretty villages surrounded by alpine trees, and jaw-dropping views of the Himalayas. Khanchengdzonga, Pandim, Siniolchu, and Kabru are some of the major peaks that are visible from various points in the area. Ravangla is an idyllic destination for all the adventure junkies as well. One of the best tourist destinations in South Sikkim, Ravangla can mesmerize anyone with its beauty, and cultural diversity.
How to Reach Ravangla?
Ravangla is situated about 60 km from Gangtok and is approximately 50 km east of Pelling. It is directly accessible from Gangtok (2 hrs), Siliguri (4 hrs), Darjeeling (3 Hrs) and Kalimpong. The nearest Airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal which has connectivity throughout the country and Pakyong which has direct connectivity with Delhi and Kolkata only.
The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) which is abount 120Km and is 4Hrs drive. The under construction Rangpo railway station would be the nearest after its completion in 2024. The Road connectivity from all these places to Ravangla is Good and tourist usually combines 2 or more places with Ravangla during their visit to Sikkim in 2022.
Attractions in Ravangla
Buddha park is the top 10 visited places Sikkim in 2022. Over a short span of time Budda Park has gained immense attraction among the tourist and is a Must Visit place in Sikkim. The inauguration of the Buddha Park in Ravangla sanctified by the Dalai Lama himself in 2013 which marked the 2550th birth anniversary of Buddha. The sprawling Buddha Park also known as Tathagata Tsal at Ravangla with a colossal statue of Gautama Buddha. The 130 feet high statue of Buddha at the park is the main attraction. There are ample walkways gardens and space for visitors to enjoy the serene surroundings. The park includes a meditation hall, museum and a Buddhist conclave.
Ralang Monastery or Ralong Palchen Choling is the buddhist Monastery just over 6Km from Ravangla. There is a new and an old Monastery which are 3Km apart. The path to the old Monastery is a trek route. Ralang Monastery hosts annual festival, known as Pang Lhabsol when Mount Kangchenjunga is worshipped. It’s among the best tourist places in Ravangla.
Doling Gompa - A hiking Trail
Doling Gompa is on a raised platform and can be reached only after a short hike from the Barfung retreat. It is a relatively short walk through around 500 steps into a steep hill surrounded by numerous prayer flags. The steps are quite uniformly negotiated with the gradient so that it won't pain our legs. For adventure lovers, this route is suggested. Do not try with kids, elders or people with knee problems. This place also has a small stream flowing nearby.
Rolong Hot Springs
Ralong Hot Springs is not only popular with locals but visitors from all over the region. These natural steaming saunas are said to have curative powers. The spring is located at a distance of 7 km Borang Village. The Ralong Springs can be reached after an hour long walk from Ralong monastery. The area is also an ideal spot for butterfly and bird watchers.
Ravangla - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1.What are the top attractions to visit in Ravangla?
The top attractions to visit in Ravangla are:
- Buddha Park
- Samdruptse Hill
- Maenam Hill
- Ralong Monastery
- Doling Gompa
2.How many days are required for visiting Ravangla?
Ravangla is one of the most visited places in Sikkim. It is usually combined with other destination in Sikkim. Ravangla can be covered in 5 – 6 days tour. You can also visit Ravangla separately if you don’t have time in your hand.
3.What are the best places to visit in Ravangla?
Some of the best attractions that you must explore during your visit to Ravangla are Buddha Park, Ralang Monastery, Bon Monastery, Doling Gampa, Raying Sunrise Point, Borong Hot Springs, and Maenam Hills.
4.Where can I stay at Ravangla?
Ravangla has some excellent properties and homestays where you can book your stay. Some of the places to stay are Buddha Retreat, the Barfung Retreat, Wildflower Retreat. Before you book please check with the hotels on amenities.
5.What is the best season for Ravangla?
If you are planning for a trip to Ravangla in Sikkim tour then ideal time would be during the summer from April to June and winter October to March. Inn March you can see the Orchid Bloom all around Ravangla. Every year in spring, Ravangla becomes the centre of a five day festival called ‘Rabong Discovered’.
6.Is Kanchenjunga visible from Ravangla?
On a clear sky you can see Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Siniolchu, Mt. Kabru. Usually these peaks are visible from October to April.
7.Is there a snowfall in Ravangla?
During the winters the temperature on certain days falls below Zero degree and due to other climatic conditions, it gets Snowfall. These snowfalls are not a daily affair and happens for some days only.