Namchi, in the local dialect literally means as ‘top of the sky’. The district headquarters of South Sikkim is a fast emerging tourist destination. Located 78 kms from Gangtok, set in a picturesque location, Namchi offers an unrivaled view of the Mt. Khangchendzonga range and the Rangit valley.
Namchi is blessed with spectacular beauty. The attractive places to visit in Namchi are its lure. Visit the Sherdup Choeling Monastery, the Dichen Choeling monastery and the renovated Ngadak monastery for spiritual bliss.
Pay your respects to the 135 feet high statue of Guru Padamasambhava sited atop Samdruptse hill near Namchi. Samdruptse translates to 'wish fulfilling hill' in the Bhutia language. This is the highest statue of Guru Padamasambhava in the world. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama laid the foundation stone of the statue in October 1997 and took three years for completion.
Also make a visit to the Namchi Rock Garden. The breathtaking garden has many eye-catching plants, flowers and trees. Beautified with waiting sheds, viewpoints and water bodies along its footpaths, it is an ideal picnic spot.
Namchi plays hosts to the popular Namchi Mahotsav, a Tourism, Culture and Food Festival, every year in October and also a flower festival displaying the beautiful blooms.