Namchi, the district headquarters, is a well laid out township that has major monasteries like Ahlay Monastery of the Tamang community and Ngadak Monastery nearby The 135 ft. high statue of Guru Padmasambhava at Samdruptse has already become popular among tourists and the locals alike. Around 6 kms. from Namchi town, just above Ngadak Monastery, is the beautiful Rock Garden where one can find some of the rare flowers, orchids and timbur; a sour citrus that is a medicinal plant for liver and chest congestion. The garden is created artificially and has a children’s playground, which may be among the highest in the world.
PLACES TO VISIT AT SOUTH SIKKIM :
1.State Biodiversity Park and Medicinal Plants and Herbal Garden
On the way from Singtam going towards Namchi, one is greeted by miles and miles of green shrubbery of Temi Tea Estate, an organic tea
garden. Fourteen kms north of Namchi is the State Biodiversity Park and Medicinal Plants and Herbal Garden, the first park of its kind to
come up in the entire country. This park is not only a representative conservation unit for the sub-tropical and temperate flora and fauna
of the state but also a major centre for nature education, awareness and recreation.
Ravangla (6,800 fi), saddles the ridge between Meanam (10,600 fi) and Tendong (8,500 ft) It is the sub divisional headquarters of the South district of Sikkim. This sleepy little town and its surrounding villages come alive during the Pang Lhabsol celebrations to worship Mt. Khangchendzonga, the guardian deity of Sikkim when the spectacular Warrior Dance is performed by the locals at the Mani Chokarling Monastery. Just above the town is the Tibetan Refugee Settlement Camp, which houses the Kheunpheling Carpet Center were one can buy fine Tibetan style woollen carpets.
Witness the first rays of the sun on the snowy peaks of Mt. Narsing, Jopuno, Kabur, Rathong and Pandim of the Singalila range. A spectacle to behold on the road to Damthang, 8kms. from Ravangla.