Experience the serenity of South Sikkim
South Sikkim Tourism
South Sikkim is a district in the state of Sikkim. The capital of the district is Namchi. The major urban centres of the region are Namchi, Ravangla, Jorethand and Melli. South Sikkim, due to its availability of flat land, stable geology and good roads, is the most industrialised district in the state of Sikkim. However the region has also developed as a major tourist destination as it remains filled with tourists all throughout the year. The state is famous for its tea, known as Sikkim Tea. The Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the district. The place is popular for its stupas and monasteries and has religious significance. The famous tourist attractions in South Sikkim are Namchi, Ravangla, Borong, Rabong, Jorethang, Statue of Guru Rinpoche, Siddheshwara Dham, Tendong Hill, Temi Tea Garden, Ralang Monastery and Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary.
South Sikkim can be considered as a really good place for foodies. Momos and Thukpa are the most popular dishes in the region and cannot be missed. There is a huge variety of noodles and soups as well as pickles, like Chhurpi ka Achar, Tomato Achar, Shimi ka Achar. Other dishes ike Kinema Curry, Sel Roti, Pakku and Chhurpi-Ningro Curry are also very popular in the region. Potato curry is a very popular dish and the staple food is lentils and rice cooked with simple seasoning and dried chilli. Phagshapa, Thenthuk, momo are the most popular delicacies. Thomba is a local drink which is widely offered during festivals.
How to reach
Sikkim does not have an airport or a railway station of its own. However South Sikkim is an important financial and economic centre and thus is connected to other cities through road.
How to Reach by Flight
South Sikkim does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport, which is located at a distance of around 125 km from South Sikkim. There are cars, buses and shared jeeps available outside the airport. However this airport is not that well connected to other cities.
How to Reach by Train
South Sikkim does not have a railway station of its own. The nearest station is New Jalpaiguri, which is located at a distance of around 120 km from South Sikkim. The station is well connected with other cities. There are buses, cabs and shared jeeps available from outside the railway station.
How to Reach by Bus
State-run buses as well as those owned by private agencies are available mainly from New Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra which take tourists to the district of South Sikkim.
How to Reach by Road
Since it is a hilly area, the only direct way to travel is by the road. Thus the roads are well connected to other major cities. Shared jeeps and cabs are the most popular way to travel to the district.
How to travel within
Shared jeeps, taxis and buses are the most common option available to move from one place to the other in this district. Since this is a hilly area, trekking is also a very good option.
Sikkim consists of a variety of people and thus the festivals here are filled with colours and are celebrate with a lot of enthusiasm and zeal. The Losar festival is the Tibetan New Year celebrated every year in the month of February. Sonam Lasoong is another New Year festival celebrated in the month of January in Sikkim which marks the end of the harvest season. There are also certain dancing festivals or chaams like Kagyat Dance, Enchey Chaam and Guthor Chaam which includes masked dances of the locals wearing colourful and vibrant clothes and accessories. These dances are generally held in the Buddhist monasteries. Sikkim also celebrates religious festivals like Saga Dawa, in which the masked dancers dance in the temples, which are lit up beautifully, to worship Buddha and pay honour to the lord. Drupka Teshi is another festival in which prayers are offered t the Lord and Yak race is organised at the end of the festival. Durga Puja, locally known as Dasain, and Diwali, locally known as Tihar, Christmas and other festivals are also celebrated in the region.
South Sikkim Itinerary
Day 1- After reaching the airport, proceed towards South Sikkim. After reaching Namchi, stay there for the day and visit Temi Tea Garden and Statue of Guru Rinpoche.
Day 2- After breakfast leave for Siddheshwara Dham. Then leave for Ravanga. Stay there for the rest of the day for sightseeing.