Ravangla is a tourist spot in south Sikkim
district, which is present in the north-eastern Indian state
of Sikkim. It is located at an elevation of 7000 feet above sea level. Ravangla has been a destination for its breathtaking landscape and tranquillity. Ravangla is among one of the few places in Sikkim which offer an undisturbed view of the snow ranges of the Greater Himalayas
. The geographical coordinates of Ravangla is 27°17`33? North 88°21`34? East.
Ravangla also offers some fabulous short treks. A 12 km trek from Ravangla through the oak
, pine, rhododendron
, magnolia and fir forests takes tourists to Maenam
peak at 10,600 feet. Another 1.5 km uphill trek leads to Valedunga, a hilltop offering beautiful views of the surrounding mountains
Tourism in Ravangla
, Mount Pandim
, Mount Sinialchu, Mount Kabru are just a few of the major peaks that are clearly visible from here. The upper parts of Ravangla experience snowfall during winter. Thousands of beautiful flowers
like rhododendrons and orchids are in full bloom during the months of April and May.
Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary
Maenam Sanctuary houses a rare collection of Himalayan species like the red panda
, Himalayan black bear
cat, black pheasant cat etc. Ravangla is home to a wide variety of birds
like white-browning fantails, verditer flycatcher
s, green-backed tit, grey bushchats, blue whistling thrush, blue-fronted redstarts and dark-throated thrush
. These Himalayan birds have chosen Ravangla as their favourite natural habitat. The other species of birds which are found here include hill partridge
s, laughing thrushes, babblers
and the rare satyr tragopan. The trek takes 2.5 to 4 hours and winds through a thick forest of oak, chestnut, magnolia and rhododendron trees. The forest is a riot of colours during spring.
Rayong Sunrise View Point
It is located at a distance of 8 km from Ravangla on the road to Damthang. The first few rays of the sun lighten up the snowy peaks of Mount Narsing, Jopuno, Kabur, Rathong and Mount Pandim
Temi Tea Garden
The tea garden is located at distance of only 16 km from Ravangla. The journey through the winding road via Dentham is even more attractive. Temi Tea Garden is renowned for its production of reputable quality of tea
which is in high demand in India as well as abroad.
Hot Springs in Ravangla
Ralang hot spring is situated at a distance of 26 kms from Ravangla. The monastery
on the way holds the famous Kagiang festival in December. Cha-Chu or hot sulphur springs at Ralang and Borong
are traditional winter spas where visitors spend a week or more soaking in these springs that have medicinal properties. Ralang Cha-Chu can be reached after a one hour downhill walk to the Rangit valley from the Ralang monastery
Located about 13 km from Ravangla is a monastery at Ralang which follow the Kagyupa sect of Buddhism
. The old monastery was built in 1768 AD. A legend says that the 9th Karmapa, head of the Kagyupa sect, blessed the site of the monastery with grains of rice
thrown from Tibet. `Pang Lhabsol`, which is a ritual of worshipping Mount Khangchendjunga and Kagyed` Chaam (masked dances
) are held in the monastery every year. The monastery is existent at a distance of about six kilometres from Ravangla.
Tashiding, located 39 km away from Ravangla, literally means the `Central Elevated Glory`. Built in 1716 AD, it is the most sacred monastery complex in Sikkim and hosts the annual `Bumchu` festival during which the barrel containing holy water is opened and the level of water foretells what the year lays ahead.
Trek starts with a 13 km drive to Damthang and 2.5 hours trek. Tendong peak offers a spectacular 360 degree view of Sikkim and the distant plains of North Bengal.
Ravangla is linked to the other significant towns of Sikkim by the state highway and is situated between Gangtok
. If visitors make an attempt to trek to Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, they would have to commence their trekking journey from Ravangla.