Namtse, meaning sky high, nestled among the hills at an
elevation of 5500 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. from Gangtok and
100 kms. from Siliguri.
- TENDONG HILL
trekking via Tendong Hill
following the traditional route used in the old days. Such trekking is
also possible throughout the year except during monsoons, that is if one is
scared of ubiquitous leaches.
Above Damthang, overlooking South District Headquarter
town Namtse, there is a small flat stretch of land at an altitude of
8530 ft.,surrounded by lush green ancient forest which is popularly known as
the Tendong Hill. Historically, this has been a place of recluse for
Buddhist Lamas who spend years in meditation amidst the silent scenic
grandeur. The view from the top of the Tendong Hill is something to be
cherished and enjoyed as it spans across plains of Bengal to the
majestic heights of the Himalayan Ranges. One can also proceed to
At the base of Maenam Hill is Ravangla, a small
township and transit to various tourist destinations in South Sikkim
and West Sikkim
. It is also an upcoming tourist spot,
and transit point for trekkers to Maenam Hill and Borong. There
are accommodation facilities and numerous short nature trails. A trek down to
the sacred cave "Shar Chok
Bephu", one of the holiest caves in Sikkim..
- MAENAM HILL
above Tendong Hill on the other side
overlooking the Ravangla Bazar settlement. situated at an altitude of
10,300 ft., the scenic view from this height is, perhaps, unmatched in this
part of the world. The trek from Maenam from Ravangla takes
about 4 hrs. and from Maenam Hill-Top one has the option to take the
gentle trek to Borong village .
Facing the snow-capped
is Borong motorable from
Ravangla or a trek via Maenam. A picturesque village with
beautiful landscape and magnificent view is also host to the hot spring
"Borong Tsa-Chu". The trek trail,
originating from Namchi or Damthang to
Tendong-Ravangla-Maenam-Borong (5 to 6 days) is one of the most
interesting trials scaling the hill tops along the route.
It lies at an elevation of 10,000 ft. and has motorable roads
access up to Hilley. An easy 4 kms. trek from there takes one up to the
Varsey rhododendron sanctuary.
One can also trek from Soreng or Dentam in West Sikkim
South Sikkim :
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