South Sikkim is a district of the Indian state of Sikkim, the capital of which is Namchi. The people of south Sikkim are mainly of Nepali descent. Other ethnic group includes the Lepcha and Bhutia communities. Major urban centers include Teesta Bazaar and Melli. The district is also famous for its Sikkim Tea. Following are the places which must be included in your best selected ‘Sikkim Holiday Packages’.
Namchi, meaning “Sky High”, nestled among the hill at an elevation of 5,500 ft. commands panoramic view of the snowcapped mountains and vast stretches of valley. It is also the headquarters of the south district. The area is fast developing into a tourist destination with its immense potential for all round tourist activities. It is about 78 km from Gangtok and 100 km from Siliguri.
A small flat stretch of land at an altitude of 8530 ft. surrounded by lush green ancient forest which is popularly known as the Tendong hill. As per history, this place is of recluse for Buddhist Lamas who spend years in meditation amidst the silent scenic grandeur. The view from top of the Tendong hill is something to be cherished and enjoyed as it spans across plains of Bengal to the majestic heights of the Himalayan range. One can also proceed to Namchi by trekking via Tendong Hill folloeing the traditional route used in the old days.
Temi Tea Garden
The one and only tea existing in the state produces of the top quality teas in the international market. The tea garden is spread out on a gentle hill slope originating from the Tendong Hill and provides a magnificent view for the surrounding villages.
Maenam towers above Tendong Hill on the other side overlooking the Ravangla Bazar settlement, situated at an altitude of 10,300 ft., the scenic view from this height is, perhaps, unmatched in this part of the world. The trekking from Maenam from Ravangala takes about 4 hours and from Maenam Hill top one has the option to take the gentle trek to Borong village.
At the base of Maenam Hill is Ravangla, a small township and transit to various tourist destinations in south and west Sikkim. It is also an upcoming tourist spot and transit point for trekkers to Maenam hill and Borong. A trek down to the sacred cave ‘Shar Chok Bephu’, one of the four holist caves in Sikkim, would be a memorable experience.
Phur Tsa Chu
Situated on the bank river Rangeet is the hot spring ‘Phur Tas Chu’ half an hour drive from Legship and one hour drive from Jorethang. Pilgrims of all walks of life come to dip in this hot spring during month of January to March.
It lies at an elevation of 10,000 ft. and has motorable roads access up to Hilley. An easy 4 km trek from there takes one up to Varsey rhododendron sanctuary.