(Last Updated on : 02/11/2011)
Ravalngla is a relatively new tourist spot in south Sikkim
. It is located at an elevation of 8000 ft. Ravalngla has been a destination for its breathtaking landscape and tranquillity.
Ravangla is among one of the few places in Sikkim to offer an undisturbed view of the snow ranges of Greater Himalayas. Mt. Kanchenjunga
, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Sinialchu, Mt. Kabru are just a few of the major peaks that are clearly visible from here. Upper parts of Ravangla experiences snowfall during winter. Thousands of known and unknown flowers are in full bloom during April-May.
Trekking in Ravalngla
Ravangla also offers some fabulous short treks. A 12 km trek from Ravangla through the Oak, Pine, Rhododendron, Magnolia and fir forests takes the tourist to Mainam peak at 10,600 ft. Another 1.5 km uphill trek leads to Valedunga, a hilltop offering beautiful view to the surrounding mountains. The entire trek route passes through the Mainam Sanctuary which houses a rare collection of Himalayan species like the red panda, Himalayan black bear, leopard cat, black pheasant cat etc.
Tourist Spots in Ravalngla
There are many tourist spots in Ravalngla that are visited by many tourists from far off places.
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 Mt. 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.
Ralang Hot Spring
: It is situated at a distance of 26 kms from Ravangla. The monastery on the way holds the famous Kagiang festival in December.
: 13 km from Ravangla are the two monasteries at Ralang which follow the Kagyupa sect of Buddhism
. The Old monastery was built in 1768 AD. According to legend the 9th Karmapa, head of the Kagyupa sect, blessed the site of the monastery with grains of rice thrown from Tibet. `Pang Lhabsol` the worship of Mt. Khangchendjunga and `Kagyed` Chaam (masked dances) is held in the monastery every year.
Borong and Ralang Cha-Chu
: 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 1 hr downhill walk to the Rangit valley from the Ralang monastery.
: 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 the year lays ahead.
: Trek starts with a 13 km drive to Damthang and 2.5 hrs trek. Tendong peak offers a spectacular 360 degree view of Sikkim and the distant plains of North Bengal.
: It is located about 12 km up from Ravangla. This place serves as a traditional meditation site for the monks. The trek takes 2.5 to 4 hrs and winds through a thick forest of oak, chestnut, magnolia and rhododendron trees. The forest is a riot of colours during spring. Menam is a natural habitat of the red panda, Himalayan black bear and many species of deer.