Ravangla is a major tourist destination located in South Sikkim and is located at a stupendous altitude of 7000 feet. Ravangka is located on a narrow and highly scenic ridge between Maenam and Tendong Hill. Ravangla is remarkable on account of the striking views of the Greater Himalayas. The beauty of the mountain scape along with snow-capped frozen white peaks and its location as a transit point to the several tourist destinations situated in and around has made Ravangla a much-frequented place.
Ravangla hosts the Pang Lhabsol festival with a great amount of grandeur and pompous celebrations every year around the month August or September. The festivities continue for three days and is marked by eye-catching traditional dances known as ‘Chaam’ that are performed on the last day of the festival. Ravangla is also amply known for hosting this Tourism, Culture and Crafts Festival where you can enjoy the variety and amalgamation of the exquisite and unique traditions and culture of Sikkim.
The Temi Tea Garden is located in Temi, in Ravangla, in South Sikkim. It was established in the year 1969 by the Government of Sikkim. It has earned a distinction on being is the only tea garden in Sikkim and is also considered one of the best in India and across the world. The tea that is produced in Temi Tea Garden is top quality tea, and is in demand in the international market. Temi Tea Garden produces an astonishing 1 Lakh kg of tea every year. Another interesting fact is that the tea is produced by using the organic method following the strict guidelines of the Institute of Marketecology (IMO) of Switzerland. In case you are taking a day trip to Namchi from Gangtok, the route will take you through a stretch of 21 kilometres of the famous Temi Tea Garden. The route is immensely adventurous and negotiates 21 hairpin bends while crossing the tea garden. There is a halt mid-way at Singchuthang, which is a charming picnic area at the pleasant banks of the famous river Rangeet.
Another picturesque place along the way from Gangtok is Manglay that has three rivers passing through it – Teesta, Sipsu and Rangpo Chhu. The surreal beauty of Manglay has attained fame since it has been featured in the Nepali feature film ‘Saino’ and since then Manglay is now also known as Sainotaar.
The Buddha Park is located in the small and beautiful town of Ravangla and is also called the Tathagata Tsal. It is located near Rabong in South Sikkim district. The park features a 130-foot high statue of the Buddha as its centrepiece which is of primary importance. When the year 2006 is marked by the celebrations of the 2550th birth anniversary of Lord Gautama Buddha, the state government of Sikkim observed the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha throughout that year in Sikkim. As a part of the celebrations of Lord Buddha’s birth anniversary as per government initiative, the people of Rabong had taken the decision to construct and install a statue of Lord Buddha at Rabong. This was in commemoration of the 2550th year. This further added to the importance of the Buddhist Circuit in Sikkim. The state government has already kicked off the Buddhist circuit and this project would give the much required impetus to boost tourism and attract pilgrim tourists to the area.
Another place approximately 8 kilometres on the way to Damthang is the Rayong sunrise viewpoint. This viewpoint offers amazing views of the first gorgeous rays of the sun that gets reflected on the frozen white ice-capped peaks. The Ralong Monastery located here is of singular interest to the tourists visiting Ravangla. You can also visit the Tibetan Carpet Centre to enjoy some intricate handicraft. The traditionally designed and intricately woven carpets that are available here are said to be of the finest quality that one can find.
Temi Tea Estate is immensely popular for promoting village tourism. There are several quaint and beautiful villages around this estate, namely, Narsing Village, Borong Village, Kewzing Village among several others. These villages attract a lot of curious attention of tourists and travellers as they demonstrate the unique ways of living and the rich culture and tradition of Sikkim. This place and its vicinity is also a favourite among the adventure lovers and trekkers as people can indulge in thrilling treks to the Tendong Hill and Maenam Hill. A little bit of detour takes the adventurers through the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary and Tendong State Biodiversity Park. The sulphurous hot water springs of Ralong and Borong allures the visitors with the healing powers that help get rid of joint pains and skin ailments. These Hot Springs are situated around 7 km away from each other. Some other alluring tourist attractions that can be coupled with a visit to the notable points of South Sikkim are Rimbi Waterfalls, Sewaro Rock Garden, Khecheopalri Lake, Rabdentse Ruins and Khangchendzonga Waterfalls, to name a few. For the lovers of peace, tranquillity and beauty, there are the famous Buddhist monasteries tucked in the secluded nooks and crags of mountains, such as Sang Da Choeling Monastery and Pemayangtse Monastery. Three other prominent monasteries that demand a visit are located in Ravangla are the Ralang Monastery, Bon Monastery and Tashiding Monastery.
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