Ravangla | India
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Ravangla is in South Sikkim.


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Large Gautama Buddha statue in Buddha Park Temi Tea Garden Bon Monastery. The Bon faith was prevalent in Tibet until the 8th Century AD (before the advent of Buddhism). Presumably many of its rituals were taken over by Buddhism, such as the prayer flags and the burning of incense.  Borong and Ralang Cha-chu. These sulphur springs are traditional winter spas. Visitors spend there a few days soaking in the sulphur springs to which healing effects are attributed. Ralang Cha-chu is reached after a 1 hour downhill walk from Ralang monastery into Rangit valley. Borong Cha-chu is a 7 km drive from Ralang and an additional 45 minutes walk downhill. The hot springs are located along the banks of the Rangit River and are be visited best between December and February. Temporary huts are available for overnight stays at nominal rates, but you have to bring along bedding and cooking utensils. During the hot spring season basic vegetables are sold by the local village people.  Doling Monastery (4 km from Barfung village). A gompa of the Nyingmapa (Red Hat) sect of Buddhism, situated amidst cardamom plantations.  Khandosangphu and Sharchog Bephug. These two holy caves where Guru Padmasambhava, who spread Buddhism in Tibet in the 7th cent, is said to have meditated on his journey to Tibet. Khandosangphu Cave is located 34 km from Ravangla (8 km beyond Legshep). Sharchog Bephug at Sangmo village (8 km from Ravangla) is the largest of holy caves, extending into the Menam and Tendong hills.  Ralang Monasteries (13 km from Ravangla). There are two monasteries of the Kagyupa sect of Buddhism. The Old monastery was built in 1768.  Rangit Water World (Rangeet Dam) (26 km (1 hr) downhill from Ravangla). A dam across the Rangit river, for a hyroelectric project  Rayong Sunrise View Point ((8 km) on the road to Damthang). The viewpoint offers spectacular view of the sunrise up the snowy peaks of Mt. Narsing, Jopuno, Kabur, Rathong and Pandim.  Shiva Mandir. (26 km) is a shrine revered by the local people on the bank of the Rangit river at Legshep  Tashiding Monastery (Central Elevated Glory). (39 km from Ravangla) is the most sacred monastery complex in Sikkim. It was built in 1716.  Temi Tea Garden. (15 km from Ravangla) is one of the most beautifully situated tea gardens of Sikkim. The journey on the winding road via Dentham is specatular. A 9 km trek from Dentham through the Tendon Sanctuary leads to a dormant volcano with views on the Kanchenjunga and Singalila range in the West and the plane in Southen Sikkim.  Tinkitam Village. (6 km from Ravangla), a quaint little Sikkimese village, known to orchid lovers as the natural habitat of Paphiopedilum fairieanum (lady’s slipper), which is in full blossom in October and November.  27.313688.363671 Buddha Park (Tathagata Tsal), Ralong Rd, ☎ +91 95936 26269. A large Buddhist complex completed in 2013 with the main Buddha statue 40 metres high.   (updated Jul 2018)


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View of the mountains, looking north from Ravangla Ravangla serves as basis for moderate treks to Menam (3,200 m) and Tendong (2,575 m). Menam trek. The ascent to the Maenam is about 12 km long with a difference in altitude of about 1,000 m and takes about 3 to 4 hrs. Weather permitting it offers splendid views on the steep peak of Mount Narsing (5,825 m), Kanchenjunga, and other prominent peaks of Sikkim. It is not easy to find the path, therefore a local guide (₹1000-1500, group of 4 in 2015) is highly recommended. A small brick hut at the few minutes before the top can be used as accommodation. The hut can accommodate up to 5 people and can be managed for even 6 people. No availability of water at the top. There is a small Gompa(a small Buddhist temple) at the peak. The path winds through a forest of oak, chestnut, magnolia and rhododendron trees. There are few trees along the trek whose barks have unique property of glowing in the dark. The guide will get you one if you ask, but its effect is short lived(2 to 3 days) and not sure if it glows until you carry it back to your place. There are two types of paths along the trek, one which is made as a footpath for easy and gradual climb and another is a very rough short route which goes very steep crossing the footpath at many places. Only sufficiently fit people use the short route according to the guide. Flowers are in full blossom in April and May. The area is the natural habitat of the red panda, Himalayan black bear and many species of deer and is designated as a Wildlife Sanctuary. Before starting the trek one must register his/her name in the forest barrack which is just near the entry point of the trek. If guides are not available to anyone, the person in the forest office will either help you find one or he himself will come as a guide. The forest entry fees is 25 rupees(2015) per day. The entry point to the trek is near the Buddha Park entry gate and any local will assist you to the forest office on asking for it. Tendong trek starts with a 13 km drive to Damthang and 2 hrs 30 mins trek. Tendong peak (8.500 ft, 2,575 m) offers a spectacular view of the mountains of Sikkim and the distant plains of North Bengal.