In my recent trip to Sikkim, on the final day of the trip we took a tour of South Sikkim.
Honestly, my friend and I were left a tad bit disappointed after snowfall ruined our trips to Gurudongmar lake and Yumthang valley. The trip still feels incomplete. But our cab driver suggested that we visit South Sikkim. So to salvage something more out of this edition of Sikkim, we decided to go.
Sikkim, as small as it is on the map, has one of the largest spread of natural beauty. Be it in the North or in the other three directions, you can be rest assured that you are going to be awestruck by the raw beauty of the place. Tea gardens, monasteries, flowers, forests, mountains, you name it, Sikkim has it. It has one of the best roads, with tress covering most of the trail. South Sikkim was no different.
Plan was to reach Namchi and visit Char Dham, Shirdi Sai Mandir, Samudruptse, Temi Tea Garden. So we left Gangtok early around 8. We also had a return train at night from NJP, which was about 4 hrs from Namchi. The roads until Namchi isn’t in all that good condition and a lot of it is under construction currently.
First on our way lied this tea garden. The landscape view from the garden was awesome. There was only one small eating place which was very costly( double maggi for Rs.100 kind of costly).
A short video: View from Tea Garden
We stopped for a short while, had breakfast and left.
One of the bigger and more beautiful monasteries, after about 2 hrs from Tea Garden. It also has a good collection of flower and shurbs in its garden. The view is amazing and you can also see the huge Lord Shiva statue of Char Dham from its balcony. The huge statue of Buddha, will leave you in awe.
I have to say that I underestimated this place when I heard its name. This place made it worth our while to explore south Sikkim. The beauty of art at this place will blow you away. The sculptures, the miniature temples of Char Dham and other important mythological temples of Hindu lore all at a single place gives you an opportunity to admire and revere them, if you are yet to actually visit them in person. The statue of Lord Shiv will humble you with its grandiosity.
If memory serves me right, the entry to this place costs Rs.50/head and shoes have to left outside free of cost. After spending close to an hour here, it was time to leave for our final post Sai Mandir.
I have not been to Shirdi, so this was my chance to visit Sai temple. It is a beautiful golden temple where you feel peace around you as soon as you step in. It was around 15-20 min drive from Char Dham.
We had our lunch across the road from the temple and then went on our way towards NJP station to return to our homes.
At the end of the day, it was a refreshing experience. Surely recommend a 1 day tour to South Sikkim.
Let me know in the comments how you felt and if you have any suggestions or a place you want me to visit and write about.
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