Far From City: 16 kms from city center
Cost: About Ravangla Weather: Open Time:Anytime Cost:No entry fee
Ravangla Sightseeing Buddha Park:Also known as Tathagata Tsa, this is the main attraction in Ravangla. As the name suggests, this park features a striking 130 feet high statue of Gautam Buddha as its centrepiece. This massive park is part of the Rabong Gompa which is a 100-year-old religious complex and a significant pilgrimage centre. Inside the park, there is a huge prayer hall and a Museum meditation centre which is open for meditation to everyone. The museum depicts the life and journey of Gautam Buddha. The park is amazingly landscaped and is perfect for a leisurely stroll and sitting peacefully by the beautiful fountain.Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PMEntry Fees: Indians- INR 50, Foreigners- INR 100 New Ralang Monastery:Located around 10 km away from Buddha Park is the New Ralang Monastery which serves as the occasional residence of Gyaltsap Rinpoche and is the home of around 500 monks. The major attraction here is the two floor high shining Buddha statue. This is considered to be one of the highest monasteries in Sikkim and the paintings and thangkas displayed here are highly valued. Timing: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMEntry Fees: Free Old Ralang Monastery: This is a small structure situated close to the New Ralang Monastery, flanked by traditional Bhutia homes and well manicured little gardens. The Sikkimese consider this as one of the most sacred places in their land. Timings: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMEntry Fees: Free Ralong Hot Water Springs: If you are in for a little adventure, you can head over to the Ralong Hot Sulphur Springs which is a brisk 1-hour walk away from the Ralong Monastery. This hot water spring is very renowned the world over among the believers of alternative healing and naturalists. The gushing hot water bed is located in a small pool. You can spot the villagers taking a bath here. Rayong Sunrise Viewpoint: At an elevation of 6700 feet, the Rayong Sunrise Viewpoint offers a spectacular view of the Chola and the Sangalaila Mountain ranges. This is one of the most famous tourist spots in Ravangla. It is advisable to reach the place by 5:00 AM to catch the view of the rising sun. Trekking in Ravangla The adventure enthusiasts visit Ravangle to undertake the trek to Maenam Hill, which is one of the best medium difficulty treks in Sikkim. The Maenam Hill provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills and is a treat for the eyes. The luxuriant green forests and the rugged terrain make up for the taxing trek. The 9 km uphill trek starts from Ravangla and takes 4 hours to climb up and 2 hours to climb down. If you are a beginner, you can take a tour guide along with you. There are 4 stopover points in between where you can relax. There is also a Maenam Sanctuary where you can spot rhododendron, oak, chestnut and magnolia trees. It is one of the richest butterfly spotting zones in Sikkim providing a heavenly sight to look at. You can also spot Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bears and different varieties of deer at the sanctuary. It is best to visit the Maenam Sanctuary between 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Keep in mind that a permit needs to be acquired from the Home Department of the Government of Sikkim to visit the sanctuary. If you have hired a tour operator, he can easily arrange it for you. Best time to visit Ravangla Weather in Ravangla is pleasant throughout the year except for the severe winters. It is best to avoid visiting this place in the winters. The months of August and September are ideal for visiting this place as that time of the year you can also witness the Pang Lhabsol festival. How to Reach Ravangla Air:Gangtok and Pelling have the nearest helipads served by Helicopter, but helicopter has to be chartered. The nearest airport from Ravangla is Bagdogra Airport which is 135 kilometres from Ravangla via Jorethang. Bagdogra airport is connected by regular Indian, Spice Jet, Kingfisher, and Jet Airways flights from Kolkata, Guwahati and Delhi. The distance between Bagdogra Airport and Ravangla can be covered in 5 hours via the Jorethang Road. The taxis and cabs are easily available outside the airport, the charges of which range around INR 3500. Rail:The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri which is nearly 110 kilometres away. New Jalpaiguri station is well linked with the other states of India. There is regular train service to Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Jaipur, Bangalore, Chennai, etc. are available from there. You can reach Ravangala from the Jalpaiguri station in around 5 hours as the road condition here is not very good. The taxis are available outside the railway station and cost around INR 3000. Road:Roads are well constructed and the huge network of roads in Sikkim is well linked with the rest of the destinations in Sikkim. Gangtok is nearly 65 kilometres away from Ravangla. Private vehicles are available at regular interval to all the tourist destinations but it is best to hire a vehicle such as a bus or a taxi. Top Tourist Places in South Sikkim Ravangla Borong Siddheshwara Dham Statue of Guru Rinpoche Tendong Hill Temi Tea Garden All Tourist Places in South Sikkim Getting Around Ravangla Taxis are available to travel within the area. Where to Stay Ravangla has a number of good resorts and hotels which are both affordable and comfortable. Babumoshai Resort, The Barfung Retreat, Hotel Zumthang and Kewzing Village Home are some of the highest ranks hotels of Ravangla. Activities in Ravangla Ravangla is the perfect place for those who want to take short treks up the hills. The town is encircled by thick forests and hills that enhance the town's beauty. Travellers come to this place to catch a glimpse of the various species of migratory birds and for spectacular views of the peaks like Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim and Mt. Sinialchu. Sightseeing, bird watching and trekking are the main activities here. Shopping in Ravangla One can buy the local handicrafts and woollen carpets from this place. The Tibetan Carpet Centre has traditionally designed and woven carpets available here and they are said to be the best you can buy anywhere. The Ravangla Experience Ravangla is famous for its ethnic culture and festivals. During the month of April, the inhabitants at Ravangla celebrate their tourism, crafts and cultural festivals. Another popular festival Pang Lhabsol is celebrated during the months of August and September. This is a three-day long festival that finishes with the performance of the 'Cham' dance on the last day. Ravangla's Nightlife The place does not have many bars and clubs. Beer Shop, Hill restaurant and bar, etc. are a few bars a few km away from Ravangla where one can have a good time. Ravangla's Cuisine The local cuisine of Ravangla includes Gya Thuk or Thukpam, Phagshapa, Momo, Ningro along with Churpi, Sael Roti and Gundruk. These are dishes one must try while visiting this place. Chaang is the popular drink of the place. Best Restaurants Nearby Kookay Restaurant is a very famous restaurant of the place whose menu includes a wide range of Tibetan dishes, along with rice and curry sets and Chinese staples. Apart from this, you can find several fast food joints in the area too. Itinerary Reach Ravangla and check into a hotel. Hire a taxi and a guide to go for sightseeing. See the Temi Tea Garden, Ralong monastery and other beautiful tourist attractions in the place. After that enjoy the local cuisine of Sikkim at a nearby restaurant and then come back to your hotel for the night. The next morning start early to see the Rayong Sunrise Point and then later in the day set out for village tours to the nearby villages. One can follow this with Namchi or Gangtok.
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