At the height of 8000 feet in South Sikkim, Ravangla is an enchanting hill station decked with a panoramic landscape surrounded by snow-covered mountains and greenery. If you are travelling to Pelling from Gangtok, Ravangla is ideal as it is well-connected by the NH510 and Rabongla-Yangyang Road. In this article, you will learn about the most attractive sightseeing places like Buddha park, Tarey Veer, Temi Tea Garden, Namchi, and more. You will also get practical advice for hotels, weather, temperature, and the best time to visit.
How to reach Ravangla?
Ravangla is well connected with New Jalpaiguri station (121 Km) and Bagdogra airport (126 Km) in Siliguri. From there, hire a car, and within four and a half hours, you can reach Ravangla. If you are in Gangtok, you can come to Ravangla quickly via NH10 and NH510, and it takes almost two and a half hours by road (64 Km). Recently, Sikkim and West Bengal signed the Reciprocal Transport Agreement that will help easy transport to Ravangla.
|Gangtok to Ravangla||64 Km|
|Ravangla to Pelling||48 Km|
|Ravangla to Namchi||25 Km|
|New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Ravangla||121 Km|
|Siliguri to Ravangla||116 Km|
|Ravangla to Rinchenpong||59 Km|
Best Sightseeing places in Ravangla
We have visited these picturesque parks, gardens, sanctuary, and other tourist attractions and found them worthy of being the best sightseeing places near Ravangla. Let’s check them out!
Ravangla is famous for its wonderful Buddha Park. The park is located just a kilometre distance from Ravangla town. About 60 tonnes of copper and some 4 kgs of gold were used to build the 130 ft statue of the Buddha. It was constructed to mark the 2550th anniversary of the birth of Gautam Buddha In between the years of 2006 and 2013.
Surrounded by the great Himalayas, clouds, and lush greenery in the backdrop, the park attracts all kinds of visitors. Tourists can enjoy the pathway through different flowering trees inside the park. When sunlight is cast on the Buddhist statue shines like gold, and it looks incredible at night under the moonlight.
Apart from Buddha park, Bon Monastery is a non-Buddhist monastery at Kewzing village situated 6 km away from Ravangla. The monastery offers a tranquil environment and offers splendid views of the hills and valleys of Southern Sikkim.
Tarey Veer is a fantastic sightseeing viewpoint with breathtaking surroundings 54 Km away from Ravangla via Sadam-Bhanjyang Road. It is a 3 km long stone ridge at 10000 feet, an ideal place for those who seek adventure. It has a steep ravine on the right side. You can see the two beautiful towns Kalimpong and Darjeeling, and the river Teesta with one eyesight.
There is also a watchtower at the end of the stone pathway from where you can use your camera to capture panoramic views of snowy mountains and the confluence of the Teesta and Rangeet rivers.
Temi Tea Garden
One of the best tea gardens in India, Temi tea garden, is located at a distance of 30 Km from Ravangla via Tarku-Rabongla Road. It is the only tea garden in Sikkim that produces top-quality teas for the international market. The garden is spread out on a hill slope from Tendong hill. The surrounding view of Kanchenjunga and the greenery all around the tea garden create a magnificent view.
Ravangla sightseeing is incomplete without visiting Namchi or Namtse. It means “Sky High” in Sikkimese and is a beautiful place at a distance of 25 km from Ravangla. It is famous for Chardham, where twelve jyotirlingas encircle 108 feet statue of Lord Shiva. It is believed that a visit to this place can wash away one’s sin.
Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary
At a distance of 12 km from Ravangla, Maenam hill is situated inside the Maenam Wildlife sanctuary. You can trek there from Ravangla, and it takes almost 4-6 hours to climb up from 7000 feet to 10500 feet depending on the skill. The scenic view of Kanchenjunga and its surrounding ranges from the top is breathtaking.
The trail goes through Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can spot a variety of flora and fauna. Rhododendron, Oak, and Magnolia trees make the trail beautiful. Besides deer, if you are fortunate, you will be able to see Red Panda.
Pelling in West Sikkim is another beautiful town 47 Km away from Ravangla, where you can get the best view of Kanchenjunga during sunrise. There are many beautiful sightseeing places like Rimbi waterfall, Khecheopalri lake, Kanchenjunga waterfalls, Rabdentse ruins, and Skywalk to visit in Pelling. If you plan for 3 nights-4 days itinerary, it will be perfect for adding Namchi and Pelling with your Ravangla tour.
Borong, a charming village in southern Sikkim, is located just 6 km away from Ravangla. From the village, Mount Kanchenjunga, Pandim can be seen. Colourful flowers bloom nearby the village in the springtime. Here, by hiking, you can reach the river Rangit and be refreshed in the hot water spring. The Ralong Monastery, Vanjan valley, Borong Monastery are the must-visit places in Borong.
Apart from these tourist destinations, you can also visit Rinchenpong close to Kaluk. It is famous for the Reesum Monastery and various trekking routes in west Sikkim.
Ravangla weather and temperature
You can visit Ravangla throughout the year, but March to May (Summer) is the best time as you can get sunny weather. During this time, the average temperature remains 15°C to 25°C.
October to November (Autumn) is another good time to visit Ravangla as you will get a clear sky, and splendid view, ideal for soothing eyes and photography. This time, you can expect cold weather with an average temperature between 10°C to 17°C.
Monsoon is a preferable time to visit Ravangla for many nature lovers. However, due to heavy showers and landslides, it is not advisable.
Hotels and resorts in Ravangla
If you are planning your itinerary connecting Gangtok, Pelling and Namchi, you can halt at Ravangla for a night. The best hotels and resorts to stay in Ravangla are the Candy Park Resort, Hilltop Rabong Resort, The Barfung Retreat, and Buddh Retreat.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bag, travel to Ravangla and enjoy the fantastic sightseeing attractions!