Ravangla is a small yet quaint town located in South Sikkim which offers phenomenal views of the majestic hills, along with its rolling valleys which are home to numerous huts of the villagers here. The town is located at the base of the Maenam hills and provides shelter to a small hermitage.
The place lies on an edge which separates the Teesta valley from the Rangit valley. One of the major attractions of the town is the breathtaking sight of the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Greater Himalayas. Ravangla offers one beautiful viewpoint of the Kanchenjunga along with other peaks of Pandim, Kabru, Siniolchu and many more.
Located at an altitude of approximately 7000 ft, the place is situated at the tip between Maenam and Tendong Hill. The natural beauty is further added on to by the Greater Himalayas which attracts people from across the country and makes for a must-visit destination in the state of Sikkim. The place also has a wide variety of exotic flora and fauna in its thick forests, apart from the evergreen tea gardens, ethnic culture, monasteries and much more.
01: Best Time To Visit
Weather in Ravangla is pleasant throughout the year except during severe winters. It is best to avoid visiting this place during severe winters. The months of August and September are considered ideal to visit the place as it is also that time of the year where one can witness the Pang Lhabsol festival.
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1. Buddha Park
With the beautiful Himalayas forming a backdrop, the Buddha Park is home to a 41 m tall Buddha statue. The place is also home to various holy relics which were brought from 11 different countries along with a spiral interior gallery which exhibits various scenes from Buddha's life in two different colourful styles. The Buddha Park is part of the Rabong Gompa complex.
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2. Temi Tea Garden
The Temi Tea Garden has the distinction of being the lone tea garden in the state of Sikkim. The tea garden is a beautiful place to visit for breathtaking views of the surroundings and to grab a sip of the highest supreme quality of tea leaves. The tea garden was established in the year 1969 and is considered to be one of the best tea gardens, of not only India, but also, in the world.
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3. Phur Cha Chu
Phur Cha Chu are natural hot springs which are located on the banks of the Rangit river. The Phur Cha Chu is a sulphur spring that attracts quite a number of visitors as the spring is rich in medicinal values. The place is also considered holy by many as it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava meditated in the caves in the area sometime during the 7th century.
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4. Maenam Hill
Standing tall at an altitude of over 10,000 ft, the hillock is located between the Ravangla Bazaar and Tendong. The peak offers you a bird's-eye view of the plains of West Bengal and the Indo - China border. Maenam hill is truly paradise for trekking enthusiasts who come here in large numbers. One can reach the summit after a trek of about 4 h.
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How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to Ravangla is the Bagdogra Airport which is situated at a distance of 135 km from here. The airport has regular flights from Delhi, Kolkata, etc. There are plenty of taxis which one can make use of to reach the distance on road, about a 4 h drive.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Ravangla is the Jalpaiguri railway station at Siliguri. The station is well connected to all major cities of the state as well as to the major destinations of the country, like Guwahati, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata.
By Road: The place is well connected by roads and is also well linked to all the other major points of interest by road. Gangtok is located at a distance of 70 km from here and offers excellent bus and taxi services.
PC: Masum Ibn Musa