Namchi is a district headquarters of South Sikkim and lies 78 km from Gangtok. The name Namchi means Sky (Nam) High (Chi) in Sikkimese. At an altitude of 5500mts Namchi is fast becoming a tourist spot and pilgrimage centre of Sikkim. Tourist can get stunning views of Mt. Khangchendzonga range and Rangit valley. The mesmerizing views from this beautiful place that invokes inner peace, solace, and peace of mind in visitors.
How to Reach Namchi
The Namchi trip can be well planned with a trip to Gangtok. The journey from Gangtok to Namchi is picturesque with stretches of gorgeous tea gardens. Namchi also offers great views of the mountains. Namchi can be reached from Gangtok which is around 80KM. The nearest Railway station is New Jalpaiguri Station which is around 100 Km (4Hrs Drive). One can also use the Rangpo Railway station which in 2024 after its completion would be the nearest one.
Namchi is also well connected via flights. Nearest airport in Sikkim is Pakyong which is around 35Km south of Gangtok. In west Bengal Bagdogra Airport is around 100Km which is well connected to all the cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad and all other major cities in India. The Road to Namchi is well connected to all the towns in Sikkim and Darjeeling district in West Bengal. Tourist can easily reach Namchi from Gangtok, Pelling, Darjeeling.
Attractions in Namchi
Samdruptse Hill; the 'wish fulfilling hill' is just 5 km away from Namchi, and is one of the top places to visit in Sikkim. It is here the world’s tallest statue of Guru Padmasambhava is perched. The 45 m tall statue, overlooks the whole Namchi town, and is gilded with gold that glitters when the sunlight falls over it. The view from Samdruptse hill is something to be cherished and enjoyed. This statue can be view miles away from Namchi. In the Bhutia language, the name Samdruptse means 'wish fulfilling hill' and the place is a famous pilgrimage centre of Sikkim.
The gigantic statue was built in a period of seven years and took 7 years for completion. The foundation stone was laid by Dalai Lame in 1997 and the construction has been sponged by Govt. of Sikkim. The best time to visit this place is during the month from October to June and when the weather is pleasing and the views are soul fulfilling. The entry fee applied here is Rs. 30 per adult.
Siddeshwar Dham is the most visited place in Sikkim in 2022. Over time this place has gained immense popularity among travellers and is undouble is the most popular and best tourism attraction in Sikkim. Built with a vision to promote religious tourism Namchi with 108 feet gigantic statue of Shiva & 12 Jyotirlingas (replicas), models of sacred Char Dham Hindu Temples of Jagannath, Badrinath, Rameswaram and Dwaraka.
One of the oldest monestories in Sikkim is the Ngadak Monastery situated in at a distance from Namchi Town. It was built during the reign of Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal by Tensung Namgyal somewhere around the 17th Century. The place has such a calming effect on and is not crowded and is very peaceful and the prayer flags welcome the tourists while they enter inside the complex.
Tarey Bhir is a 3 km long stone ridge on a high cliff located at Sadam village(5700 ft) near Namchi in South Sikkim.. It is one of the amazing points of interest in Namchi and among the popular places. It is a 10000 feet long cliff edge with almost 3500 feet abrupt drop. The hilltop of Tarey Bhir is covered in pine forests . You can catch a glimpse of the confluence of the River Teesta and River Rangeet and the boundless expanse of blue hills of Eastern Himalayas. This is an ideal place for adventure loving people.
Sikkim has been forefront in promoting religious tourism and Sai Mandir in Namchi is one of such places. Sai Mandir is one of the sought-after places in Namchi for its mesmerizing and beauty. The golden color of the two storied temple adds more to its charm and attraction. The temple has also a beautiful garden and one can get a good panoramic view of Mt Kunchenjunga.
Namchi - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. Can we see Kachenjunga from Namchi?
Namchi is one of the top attractions in Sikkim. Over a period of time Namchi has gained immesnse popularity amount tourist. Panoramic view of Kachenjunga is visible from many places in Namchi.
2. Is there snowfall in Namchi?
Temparatures during Winters in Namchi on certain days goes below -5 degree celcius and on certain days places around namchi receives snowfall. Travelers can enjoy the ethereal beauty of namchi during snowfall.
3. Should I include Namchi in my tour?
Majestic sights of Kanchenjunga, snintilating views of Samduptse and monestories are some of the sities worth visiting in Namchi. You can visit Namchi during your trip to pelling.
4. How is the road to Namchi?
Namchi can be visited from Gangtok, Pelling, Siliguri or Darjeeling. All the approach roads are good and motorable