South Sikkim is rich by industries in the district, due to the availability of flat land. Roads are in good condition as compared to other parts due to stable geology in the area. The area suffers less from landslides. Famous Tea of Sikkim is produced in the area of Namchi namely Temi Tea which is among the best quality tea in the world. South Sikkim is one of the least populated regions of the state. Mainly of Nepali descent people are seen here and for the reason Nepali is the most widely spoken language in the district. Lepcha and Bhutia communities are among other ethnic groups of the area. The Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary is the colour of the district, established in 1987 with an area of 35 square kilometers. South Sikkim is divided into two sub-divisions namely Namchi & Ravong (tourist fame as Ravangla). Namchi is known for a 132feet large statue of Guru Rinpoche or Guru Padmasambhava. Namchi is best associated with Buddhist monasteries at nearly 80 kilometers from state capital Gangtok. View of the Rangeet Valley and the Kanchenjunga Range is the additional charms of the place. Ravangla is located on a ridge between Maenam and Tedong Hill with incredible views of the Greater Himalayas is another attraction of South Sikkim. Fantastic panorama around Ravangla will be etched forever in memories, once seen. Best place for early riser is Rayong from where the falling of first rays of the sun on snow peaks can be seen. Some major attractions around Ravong are Ralong Monastery, Ravangla Monastery, the holy cave of Shar Chok Bephu etc. Also lush green forest of magnolia, chestnut oak and rhododendron will make a scar at heart of viewers and will attract years together. Best Time to Visit Ravagla is April when Tourism, Culture and Crafts Festival is organised. Also during August-September, Pang Lhabsol Festival can be witnessed. Buddhist circuit pilgrimages are major underliner of the place along with vast bio-diversity. Apart from bio-diversity, landscape and contemplating wildlife, the sector is rich in the heart of trekkers. Five to six days trek through Tendong-Ravangla-Maenam-Borong, alongside Rangeet River is a trekkers delight. Best Time to Visit the place is from March to October
The places of South Sikkim visit are:
- Tendong Hill
- Temi Tea Garden
- Maenam Hill
- Phur Tsa Chu
- Phensang Monastery
By Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport which is at around 110 km. Gangtok and Bagdogra are connected through helicopter services. Also Flights have been started to the newly formed airport of Gangtok, Pakyong.
By Train: The nearest rail is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 94kms from Namchi. Cabs are available from New Jalpaiguri to Namchi.
By Road: Namchi is well connected to the neighbouring cities like New Jalpaiguri, Bagdogra Airport (IXB), New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri & Gangtok. Buses and cabs are available from transporters. Destination Green arranges all transportation in the area.
Package Tour, Ravangla, Namchi, South Sikkim, Ravong, Samdruptse, Guru Padmasambha, Temi Tea Garden