budfessamdupste2The colossal statue of Guru Padmasamhva the patron saint of Sikkim lies between Damthang and Namchi on the top of the hill of Samdriptse. Measuring 135 feet in height, the statue can be seen even miles away and from even Darjeeling.

Sri SiddhesvaraDham (Char Dham) Complex (inaugurated on 8th Nov 2011.byJagadguruSankarcharya Swami SwarupanandaSaraswati) is a ten minute drive
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from Namchi. It has a towering 108 ft high statue of Lord Shiva presiding over it. Sprawled before it are the exact replicas of the  FourDhams(BadrinathUttarakhand, Rameswaram Tamil Nadu, Jaganath Orissa, DwarkaGujrat.)and 12 JyotiLingas.(Somnath in Saurashtra (Guj) ,Mallikarjun in Srisailam (A.P.) ,Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain (M.P.) ,Omkareshwar in Shivpuri / Amaleswara (M.P.) ,Vaidyanath in Parali (Mah) ,Nageswar in Darukavanam ,Kedareswarin Kedarnath / Himalayas (Utt) Tryambakeswar in Nasik (Mah) ,Rameshwar in Setubandanam / Rameshwaram (T.N.) ,Bhimashankar in Dakini (Mah) ,Visweswar in Varanasi (U.P.) and Ghrishneswar in Devasrovar (Mah).)Why therefore spend time and money travelling all over the country on pilgrimage visiting the Four Dhams and the 12 JyotiLingas when you can do it hereinNamchi within an hour.pl chardham2
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Rabongla is situated almost midway between Gangtok and Pelling. It is worth spending sometime visiting the pl buddha rabonglamonastery and the park also known as the  ThathaghataTstal, which has a 148 feet high statue of Buddha (Sakya Muni) consecrated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in March 2013,. Rabongla has many hotels providing reasonably good  moderately priced accommodation. A nice place to stay is Mt. Narsing Resort. If you have time a side trip to Old Ralang and the New Ralang  monasteries 10 kilometres and 15 kilometres away respectively is worth it. Further 5 kilometres onwards is the Brong hotspringbut this involves a trek of about half an hour from the roadhead.FB_IMG_1473085106068
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Of late RabonglaMonastery  has been the venue for celebration of PhangLhabsol.This a festival unique to Sikkim. It was popularised by the third Chogyal of Sikkim, ChakdorNamgyal. In this festival the snowy range of Kachendzonga is worshipped for its unifying powers.

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The Temi tea garden carpets a sprawling area of the hill side overlooking the Tista river. 20161011_145930Well manicured tea bushes interspersed with cherry trees present a visual delight Temi tea has limited production   but carries a premium value in the international market.Do not forget to sip Temi tea at the Cafe in the Tea Garden.