In the southern part of the Indian state of Sikkim, a new tourist destination has sprung up, namely Ravangla. The place called Ravangla is located at an altitude of 8000 feet from the sea level. On the Gangtok-Gaysiling highway, this tiny panoramic town of Ravangla is located. Among the tourists, this location is soon becoming one of the favorites for its awe inspiring terrain and the serene environment.
From Ravangla one can observe the rare clear glimpses of the snow covered mountain ranges namely those of the Greater Himalayas. Other than that the majestic snow capped peaks of the mountains such as those of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Sinialchu, Mt. Kabru can also be observed. During the cold months, the higher altitudinous locations of Ravangla witness snow fall. During the months of April and May, one can observe the many numbers of intriguing flowers that blossom here and envelope the entire place in their heavenly fragrances.
TOURIST PLACES IN RAVANGLA
Rayong Sunrise View Point: The distance between Ravangla and the Rayong Sunrise View Point is a mere 8 Kms. This viewpoint is located on the road to Damthang. An amazing and magnificent first glimpse of the rising sun can be obtained from this view point. The golden rays of the morning suns shines brightly on the snow capped summits of the Mt. Narsing, Jopuno, Kabur, Rathong and Pandim.
Temi Tea Garden: Considered as one of the of the prettiest tea estate of the Indian state of Sikkim, the Temi Tea Garden is located at a distance of 16 Kms from the place of Ravangla. The travel to this place through Dentham is also spectacular. One can witness a sleeping volcano, when one goes for a hike for about 9 Kms from Dentham via Tendon sanctuary. This location is considered to be ideal to observe the breathtakingly beautiful sight of the Kanchenjunga Range and also the Singalilia range.
Ralang Monasteries: Set at a distance of 13 Kms from Ravangla, one can witness the two monasteries, which are situated in Ralang. The Kagyupa sect of Buddhism is adhered to by these monasteries. In the year 1768 AD, the construction of the old monastery took place. The monastery hosts two things each year – one is the ‘Pang Lhabsol’, which is the devotion of the Mt. Khangchendzonga and the second one is the ‘Kagyed’ Chaam, meaning masked dance forms.
Borong & Ralang Cha-chu: Borong and Ralang are hot springs containing good amount of sulphur. The hot springs are also known as Cha-chu here. These springs are supposed to contain healing assets. In order to reach Ralang Cha-chu, one can hike for around one hour from the monastery situated in Ralang. Again, from Ralang, the distance of Borong Cha-chu is 7 Kms by car. The bed of the river Rangit contains both of these hot water springs.
Mangbrue Gompa & view point: The distance between Kewzing and the Mangbrue Gompa is a mere 8 Kms. A spectacular sight of the encircling mountains can be obtained from this location.
Tashiding Monastery: The distance between Ravangla and Tashiding Monastery is 39 Kms. The word ‘Tashiding’ stands for ‘Central Elevated Glory’. In the year 1716 AD, this monastery had been constructed. It is considered as one of the holiest monastery in the entire state of Sikkim. Every year, this place hosts a festival named ‘Bumchu’ festival. During this festival, the exposing of the barrel, in which holy water is kept, takes place. The approaching year’s prophesy is indicated by the level of water.
Tendong: One can drive till Damthang and then hike for around 2.5 hours. The distance to Damthang is 13 Kms. The altitude of the Tendong peak is 5800 feet. An amazing and spectacular scene of Sikkim and North Bengal’s plains situated in the far distance can be observed from here.
Menam: This place called Menam is set at an altitude of 10,800 feet. The distance between Ravangla and Menam is a mere 12 Kms. One can visit this place by taking a small trek only. For the monks, who practice meditation, this is an ideal place. One can also observe the magnificent sight of the encircling mountain ranges upon which the rays of the rising sun glistens. During the hike to this magnificent place, one can witness the forests full of plush vegetations such as trees of oak, chestnut, magnolia and rhododendron. During the months of March and April, the forest shines with vibrant colors.
HOW TO REACH RAVANGLA
By air: The closest air terminal is the airport at Bagdogra.
By rail: The closest railway station to Ravangla is the Jalpaiguri Railway station, which is located at a distance of 102 Kms.
By road: One can reach Ravangla by hiring private cars or taxis.