Ravangla - South Sikkim
A small town situated on the ridge between the Meanam and Tendong hills Ravangla has turned into a natural tourist resort for its magical snow view and tranquility. At an altitude of 7000 feet Ravangla is a newly created off-beat tourist destination in South Sikkim.
Surrounded by high-forested hills, undulating valleys dotted with village huts Ravangla is an ideal place for short treks and bird watching. Surrounding Lepcha and Bhutia villages of Yangang, Tinkitam, Kewzing, Barfung & Bakhim are ideal for short village tours. Situated in the southern part of Sikkim at a distance of 70kms from Gangtok, it is a perfect destination for village tourism.
With rich natural diversity, the exotic flora and fauna in virgin forest, lofty snow mountains, waterfalls, picturesque tea gardens, quaint villages, hospitable villages, ethnic culture, old monasteries and fresh atmosphere, Ravangla is becoming a popular tourism destination. A few very old monasteries around Ravangla namely Bonn Monastery, Ralong Monastery, old historical market of Kewzing, along with few mysterious caves are some of the major attractions in the area.
Ravangla is well connected by state highway to all important places of Sikkim. Situated between Pemayangtse and Gangtok Ravangla is 65 kms from Gangtok, 134 kms from NJP, 142 kms from Bagdogra, 55 kms from Pelling and 75 kms from Darjeeling.
Things to See
Rayong Sunrise point:
At a distance of 8kms from Ravangla on the way to Dentham, Rayong is known for its magnificent snow view over the Kanchenjunga Mountains particularly at the Sunrise.
Kheunpheling Carpet center:
A Tibetan Refuge Settlement Camp cum Carpet weaving Center is located just above the Ravangla Market. A good place for buying carpets and shawls traditionally woven and designed by the Tibetans.
Located on the banks of river Rangeet in a natural surrounding is an excellent fishing spot and river campsite.
Phur-cha-chu (Hot Springs):
Ideal spot for bird watching and butterflies.
At 8 kms from Legship and 34 km from Ravangla towards Naya Bazaar on the banksof river Rangit, lies the popular Hot Sulphur Springs. Its great medicinal values as well as religious importance attract many tourists and local devotees. The place is also important for two sacred caves Khandosangphu and Sharchog Begphu, where the great Buddhist Saint Padmashambhava is believed to have meditated during His journey to Tibet in 7th century.
At an altitude of 8530 ft the Tendong Hill is one of the most prominent landmarks of the area. Tendong is immersed in myths and lore passed down through generations of the ethnic Lepchas. Tendong, believed to be a dormant volcano, offers a beautiful short trek through forested hill tracts. The hilltop offers a 360-degree panorama view of Sikkim Snow Mountains and distant plains of Bengal.
The Maenam Hill at 10,300 ft towers over South Sikkim with Tendong on one side and Ravangla Bazaar on the other. On a clear day, it is even possible to see the plains of West Bengal and a Himalayan span of the Indo-China border towards the North. A short distance away is the legendary Bhaley Dunga, a kind of rocky spur, which juts out from the ridge top and remains suspended in the air above Yangang Village. The trek to Meanam from Ravangla takes about 4 hours and from Maenam hilltop one has the option to take the gentle walk down to Borong village or the more treacherous trails taken by the famous British Botanist, Sir Joseph Hooker, down to Yangang village.