At a distance of 65 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and 89 km from Pelling, there is a tiny gem called Ravangla. Situated at an altitude of 7000 feet in South Sikkim district, Ravangla is a small hill town connecting Gangtok and Pelling.
Located on a ridge between Maenam and Tendong Hill, Ravangla has many things to offer to the tourists in its showcase. From pilgrimages to wildlife sanctuary treks, from tea gardens and the view of the majestic Himalayan ranges to ethnic culture and festivals, this picturesque place will quench your mountain travel thirst.
Let us start from the Buddha Park. Constructed between 2006 and 2013 to celebrate the 2550th Birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, the Buddha Park features a 130-foot high statue of the Lord Buddha as its centre of attraction and this place is one of the main pilgrim as well as tourist attractions of Ravangla. The Cho-Dzo Lake is located within the complex of this well maintained park, surrounded by forests. Not only the Buddha Park there are quite a few Buddhist monasteries near to Ravangla and the most famous of them is the Ralang Monastery which belongs to the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it is one of the most sacred monasteries in Sikkim. The original monastery is located at a distance of 3 km from the new one and the new Ralang Monastery is one of the biggest monasteries in Sikkim now. The monastery hosts the annual Pang Lhabsol festival in which Mount Kanchenjunga is worshipped. This festival starts on the 15th day of the 7th month of Buddhist calendar (August-September) and ends on the 29th day of the 10th month of the Buddhist Calendar (December). This monastery is also famous for its Mahakala Dance that takes place every year in the month of November. Apart from the Buddha Park and the Ralang monastery you can also visit Bon Monastery and Doling Monastery which are nearly 6 km away from the town.
Ravangla is also the starting point for the famous Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary Trek. The 12 km trek route passes through the Maenam Sanctuary which houses a rare collection of Himalayan species like red panda, Himalayan black bear, leopard cat, black pheasant cat and if you are into birding then Ravangla is a paradise for you. Another 1.5 km uphill trek leads to Bhaledunga, a hilltop offering beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
At a distance of 20 km from Ravangla, you must visit the beautiful Temi Tea Garden which is considered one of the best tea gardens of India. And on the way to Temi Tea garden there is another must visit place named as the Rayong Sunrise View point. Perched at an altitude of 6700 ft this view point offers a breath-taking sunrise view of the first rays of sun falling on the snowy peaks of Mt. Narsing, Mt. Jopuno, Mt. Kabru covering the Sangalila range and the Chola range and the rest of the Himalayan range.
Ravangla is known for its ethnic culture and festivals. A one week long tourist festival at Cho-Dzo Lake is organized by Sikkim Tourism department every year in April. The festival hosts an exhibition cum sale of handicrafts from Sikkim and other North Eastern states of India and Bhutan. There, you can also get the taste of local food, culture, music and fashion shows.
You can get several options for accommodation ranging from budget hotels to luxury ones or even the classic guest houses and will be definitely overwhelmed by the warm hospitality of the mountain people of Ravangla.
The weather of the place is pleasant almost throughout the whole year but for the travellers it is better to avoid the monsoon and the severe winter months. So the best time to be there is definitely in summer to enjoy the cool climate or you can also go in other months to enjoy the beauty of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges and the charmingly rare flowers blooming in the mountains
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