One of the most popular attractions of Sikkim is Solophok Chardham, which was an initiative by Shri Pawan Chamling, the Chief Minister of Sikkim. He aimed to promote Eco and Village tourism and Religious Tourism in Sikkim. The site is equally popular among national and international tourists.
This wonderful Pilgrimage-cum-Cultural Center has a huge 87 feet statue of Lord Shiva in its main temple with a height of 108 feet. The statue has the Lord in a seated posture at the Solophok Hill. One of the highlights of Solophok Chardham is the replicas of 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. You can embark on the holy sojourn of Solophok Chardham with our customized Sikkim tour packages. You can also explore major attractions of the state with the help of our tailor-made itinerary. Contact our travel experts to book a tour with us!
Here are the details of Solophok Chardham Namchi
Solophok Chardham History
Legends say that Lord Shiva was born in Indrakeel (present-day Sikkim) as Kirateshwar and so he is highly worshiped by the locals as Lord Kiratshwar. A statue of Lord Kirateshwar, with a height of 16 and a half feet high can also be seen in the complex.
In Hinduism, Chardham yatra is one of the most sacred pilgrimages and it includes religious destinations- Dwarka, Puri, Badrinath, and Rameshwaram. This site has replicas of all these destinations so that people can easily pay their homage.
Solophok Chardham Architecture
The complex is segregated into 4 main parts -
- Lord Shiva Statue with 12 Jyotirlingas
- Sai Baba Temple
- Kirateshwar statue
Along with these, there are other attractions like Kirat Dwar, Sai temple, Nandi bull temple, Shiv dwar, and Sai dwar.
The complex has certain other facilities also such as security building cum cafeteria cum auditorium, kiosks, main entry gate, driver's rooms, car parking, VIP guest house, 96 bedded Yatri Niwas, viewing pavilion, musical fountain, dormitory, viewing chattri, and main prayer hall.
Solophok Chardham Location
Around 5 km from Namchi in South Sikkim, the central complex is built atop Solophok hill and spreads in an area of 7 acres of land.
Best time to visit Solophok Chardham Namchi
You can visit Solophok Chardham throughout the year. However, March to May and September to January is the best time to visit Solophok Chardham. During this time, one can clearly see the mighty peak of Mount Kanchenjunga from the temple complex. The colorful flowers blossom at the temple and are a visual treat.
Timings and Fees
Solophok Chardham is open 12 hours a day and a nominal entry fee is applicable per person.
How to reach Solophok Chardham Namchi
Situated 5 km from Namchi, Solophok Chardham can easily be reached by taxi or cab. You can avail state-run buses and shared taxis from major cities and towns in Sikkim and reach Solophok Chardham for a soulful experience.