A vacation in Sikkim is always imagined to be full of charming hills, covered with lush greenery, colorful flowers, thick forest and monasteries peeping out. With this image in mind, you start to plan your travel. What if your imagination turns into reality? What if it turns out to be beyond your expectation? If you are visiting Namchi in South Sikkim, your vision is definitely going to blow up your mind. Nestled at a height of 1675 meters above sea level, this beautiful town is a haven for trek lovers and nature buffs. Its picturesque mountain peaks offering jaw dropping view points and beautiful Buddhist monasteries create a perfect postcard picture which you would like to capture for an endless number of times.
According to the locals, the name Namchi means “Sky High” in Bhutia language. Apart from being a visual treat for photographers, the town has grown to be a popular tourist destination in Sikkim. All credit goes to its rich heritage and the variety of activities that have come up to keep visitors entertained. Though Namchi is considered as the state capital of Gangtok, but it is far silent and calm as compare to buzzing ambience of Gangtok. Hence, people who are in favor of secluded place, Namchi is their ideal destination. For nature lovers, the colorful flowers like rhododendron and magnolia covering the slopes of Tendong Hill is a visual treat.
For peace lovers, Sai Baba Mandir and Ngadak Monastery are must-visit places to feel the spiritual essence of the ambience. If you are a football game lover, pay a visit to the famous Baichung stadium of Sikkim.
Besides these, tea is another primary factor that has made Namchi a famous destination in Sikkim. This is because it has the only tea Estate of Sikkim named Temi Tea Garden. Take a tour into this estate and taste the famous Sikkim tea.
Can you afford to miss all these charismatic features of nature? If not, then pack your bag and plan for your next summer vacation to Sikkim.
Essential travel information and Namchi tips for your visit
- Time Zone: IST (UTC +5:30)
- Currency: Their official currency is Rupee (Rs)
Electricity and Internet
- Voltage: 220 V and 240V AC.
- For internet , free Wi-Fi access are available in some of the hotels; Internet access in just 10 rupees is also available near Delhi railway station.
- Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Sherpa, Tamang and Sunwar. However, Hindi is also spoken in this region.
- Ambulance : 263729
- Fire Brigade : 263888
- Electricity : 263726
- Jorthang (+91 3595)
- Ambulance : 257233
- Fire Brigade : 257327
- Electricity : 257378
- Opt for trekking to visit Tendong Hill.