Namchi, meaning Sky High, nestled among the hills at an elevation of 55oo ft. commands panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and vast stretches of valley. It is also the HQ 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 kms form Gangtok and 100 kms from Siliguri.
Best Places to Visit in Namchi :
Tendong Hill: Above Damthang, overlooking South District Headquarter town Namchi, there is small flat stretch of land at an altitude of 8530 ft. surrounded by lush green ancient forest which is popularly known as Tendon Hill. The view from the top of the Tendong Hill is something to be cherished and enjoyed as it spans across the plains of Bengal to the majestic heights of the Himalayan Ranges. One can also proceed to Namchi by trekking via Tendong Hill following the traditional route used in the old days.
Ravangla: At the base of Menam Hill is Ravangla, a small township and transit to various tourist destinations in South and West Sikkim. It is also an up-coming tourist spot, and transit point for trekkers to Menam Hill and Borong. There are accommodation on facilities and numerous short nature trials. A trek down to the sacred cave “Shar Chok Bephu”, one of the four holiest caves in Sikkim, would be a memorable experience.
Borong: Facing the snow-capped mountains is Borong, motorable from Ravangia or a trek via. Menam. A picturesque village with beautiful landscape and magnificent view is also host to the hot-spring “Borong Tsa-Chu”. The Trek trial, originating from Namchi or Damthang to Tendong-Ravangla-Menam Borong (5 to 6 days) is one of the most interesting trials scaling all the hilltops along the route. The trek can continue to Tashiding or terminate at Borong and drive back to Ravangla.
Singchu-Thang: 45 kms from Gangtok at an altitude of 3,500 ft. on the banks of River TISTA, SHINGCHU-THANG is ideal for White Water Sports and picturesque Picnic Spot. It literally means “The plain over grown with dwarf fish plants and shrubs.”
Sikip: Sikip located on the banks of the banks of the river Rangeet in the South District. The drive from Gangtok to Sikip takes about five hours via Legship and it is also accessible from Siliguri and Darjeeling via Jorethang. This place is an Anglers Paradise and also has a charming natural surrounding. Together with one can also avail the facility of rafting down the Rangeet.
Phur Tsa-Chu: Situated on the bank of River Rangeet is the hot spring “Phur-Tsa-chu” half an hour drive from Legship and one-hour drive from Jorethang. Pilgrims of Namchi all walks of life come to dip in this hot spring during month of January to March.