One of the most popular attractions of Sikkim, Solophok Chardham was an initiative by Shri Pawan Chamling, the Chief Minister of Sikkim to promote Eco and Village tourism, along with Religious Tourism. The site is equally popular amid national and internal tourists.
This wonderful Pilgrimage-cum-Cultural Centre 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. The center also has replicas of 12 Jyotirlingas.
Legends say that Lord Shiva was born in Indrakeel (present day Sikkim) as Kirateshwar and so he his highly worshipped 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 for religious destinations- Dwarka, Puri, Badrinath and Rameshwarm. This site has replicas of all these for destinations so that people can easily pay their homage.
Around 5 km from Namchi in South Sikkim, the center complex is built atop Solophok hill and spreads in an area of 7 acres of land.
The complex is segregated into 4 main parts- 1) Lord Shiva Statue with 12 Jyotirlingas, 2) Chardham, 3) Sai Baba Temple, and 4) Kirateshwar statue along with 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.