Located between Maenam and Tedong Hill at an altitude of 7,000ft, Ravangla (or Ravongla) in South Sikkim is dotted with pretty villages surrounded by alpine trees, and jaw-dropping views of the Himalayas. The mighty Khanchengdzonga acts as the backdrop, and Pandim, Siniolchu, and Kabru are other major peaks that are visible from various points in the area.
The name is derived from the Bhutia language. ‘Ra’ means wild sheep, ‘vong’ translates to a rearing place and ‘la’ means a pass. The town, located at the base of Maenam hill, has winding undulating roads leading to the small market where you’ll find hordes of jeeps and other transport vehicles. Ravangla is the transit point to destinations in South Sikkim.
From ancient monasteries to holy caves, tea tasting to trekking, there’s lots to do here.
Buddha ParkConstructed between 2006 and 2013, this vast complex with manicured gardens features a 130ft statue of Shakyamuni Buddha consecrated by the Dalai Lama. The statue marks the 2550th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha. The Buddha here is depicted in the Dharmachakra mudra symbolising the Wheel of Dharma, which was set in motion when the Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath’s Deer Park after attaining enlightenment…