South Sikkim attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Monument in Ravangla (Rabongla)

Buddha Park

With a breathtaking backdrop of Himalayan peaks, this gigantic, 41m-tall Buddha statue contains holy relics from 11 countries. A spiral interior gallery showcases scenes from Buddha's life in two very different but …
Top Choice Buddhist Monument in Namchi

Samdruptse

Visible for miles, this 45m-high statue of Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) is painted in shimmering copper and gilt and sits on a lotus plinth high above Namchi on the forested Samdruptse ridge. Completed in 2004 on a…
Top Choice Hindu Monument in Namchi

Char Dham

This unmissable feast of colour is a remarkable Hindu religious theme park crowning Solophuk hilltop, 5km southwest of Namchi. It brings together replicas of great Indian pilgrimage sites, including Rameshwarm, Dwar…
Buddhist Monastery in Namchi

Ngadak Gompa

The Ngadak gompa complex is dominated by a gigantic 2014 prayer hall containing some of the richest new paintings in Sikkim; beside it is the ruinous, unpainted shell of a far older monastery building. Exuding a sen…
Buddhist Monastery in Ravangla (Rabongla)

Palchen Choeling Monastery

Near Ralang, 10.5km northwest of Ravangla, this monastery complex built in 1995 is home to more than 300 monks. It's highly significant in Kagyu Buddhism as residence of Gyaltsap Rinpoche, one of the order's five to…
Monastery in Ravangla (Rabongla)

Yungdrung Kundrakling

One of only two Bon monasteries in India, this small, double-prayer-hall complex enjoys superb mountain views but has only around 25 monks and three teachers, plus a school full of (mostly orphaned) youngsters. It's…
Gardens in Namchi

Rock Garden

Around 500m before the Samdruptse turn as you're heading away from Namchi, some stairs lead steeply down through this attractive garden on a slightly confusing series of stairway-paths that takes around 20 minutes e…
Buddhist Monastery in Ravangla (Rabongla)

Old Ralang Gompa

About 1.5km downhill from Palchen Choeling, Old Ralang monastery was established in 1768. The main temple has been totally rebuilt since 2012 but the complex does retain a handful of old stone-and-timber monks' dwel…
Park in Jorethang

Green Park

On the main street through central Jorethang, this new, gated park features several manicured grassy mounds, three fine old trees and a row of colour-lit fountains overlooked by a cartoonesque lion's head. It's an a…
Buddhist Monastery in Ravangla (Rabongla)

Mane Choekhorling Gompa

Built between 1984 and 2008 according to classic traditional designs, this flamboyant gompa has an impressive central temple with an octagon stone base. The annual Pang Lhabsol festival honours Kanchendzonga here. I…