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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…
Top Choice Pizza in Namchi

Crumbs n Whips

John Wayne, Kurt Cobain and the Beatles are amongst the cover stars at this discovery of a coffeehouse-cum-pizzeria that also serves a range of pastas (from ₹210), Western-style snacks and excellent veggie burgers. …
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…
Multicuisine in Ravangla (Rabongla)

Taste of Sikkim

The name is misleading as the only Sikkimese dishes served are Tibetan standards momo (dumplings) and thukpa (noodle soup), but it's the cutest of the Main Bazaar's restaurants, with B&W travel prints and small …
Tibetan in Namchi

Hotel Sangay

Overlooking the central fountain and an ancient bodhi tree, this gently stylish restaurant is cleaner and more inviting than most of the competition – but other than momo (Tibetan dumplings) and a basic veg thali, t…
Religious in Ravangla (Rabongla)

Mahakala Puja

This week-long festival is held at the Old Ralang Gompa monastery, usually in December (culminating on the 28th and 29th days of the 10th Tibetan month), with two days of dances featuring spooky effigies that remain…
International in Jorethang

Green Valley

The most inviting stand-alone restaurant in town, Green Valley is a small upstairs cafe offering pastas, pizzas and a felafel burger, but the main attraction is delightful hostess Edu, a lively-minded Zumba instruct…