The district headquarters of the South District are at Namchi literally translating as the "Top of the sky". Anyone visiting West Sikkim has to traverse through the south district before entering the west.
A slight distance above the alley ground is the Serdup-Choling monastery, which commands a panoramic view of the town and the mountains beyond.
Bon Monastery At Kewzing
One of the interesting places to visit en route to Namchi is the Bon Monastery at Kewzing, 5-km from Ravangla, which is the only one of its kind in Sikkim.
Rangit Water World
For the young ones an ideal stopover would be the Rangit water world the lake formed by the Rangit dam situated 26-km downhill from Ravangla, it is a fun place with boating, fishing and swimming facilities.
Ravangla, reminiscent of a town from the Wild West, Ravangla is a sleepy hamlet at about a height of 7,000 feet. The township comes alive during the pang lhabsol festivities when the locals perform the spectacular warrior dance at the Ravang Monastery.
Meanam Peak (10,300 ft) is a 12-km up-hill trek from Ravangla. The route winds through a thick forest of Oak, Chestnut, Magnolia and Rhododendrons. A natural habitat of the Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear and many species of Deer this area is designated as a wildlife sanctuary. A short distance away is the legendary Bhaley Dunga a kind of rocky spur, which juts out from the ridge top above Yangang village.
Tendong hill (8,530 ft) the name means upraised horn from the Lepcha lore relating the time when a great flood submerged their land and Tendong rose up miraculously like a horn to save them. Even today prayers are offered from the hilltop before the onset of the monsoons to appease the deities and prevent a recurrence of the calamity.
Air: The closest airport is at Bagdogra, which is
124-km from Gangtok (about 4 hours drive) and connected by air with
all-important Indian Metros. For all further details please contact any
one of the Sikkim tourism offices.
Rail: The nearest railhead is at New Jalpaiguri, which is 125-km (about 4 hours drive) from Gangtok. NJP is well connected with all major cities of India. Gangtok, railway bookings can be made at the booking counter of the Sikkim nationalised transport terminus.
Road: Gangtok is connected with Darjeeling , Kalimpong and Siliguri by the national highway 31 A. the Sikkim nationalised transport plies regular bus services between Gangtok and Siliguri and within Sikkim. Private buses, jeeps and taxis are also available from Siliguri and Bagdogra. Bookings can be made at the SNT terminus, Siliguri.
Gangtok has quite good hotels for a comfortable stay. There are youth hostels and various lodges, which give tourists a comfortable stay in Gangtok.