sky high, nestled among the hills at an elevation of 5500 ft., commands
panoramic view of the snow capped mountains
and vast stretches of valley. it is also
the HQ of the south district. The area is fast developing into a tourist
destination with its immense potential for all round tourist activities. It is
about 78 kms. from Gangtok and 100 kms. from Siliguri.
- TENDONG HILL
Above Damthang, overlooking South District
Headquarter town Namtse, there is a small flat stretch of land at an
altitude of 8530 ft.,surrounded by lush green ancient forest which is
popularly known as the Tendong Hill. Historically, this has been a
place of recluse for Buddhist Lamas who spend years in meditation amidst the
silent scenic grandeur. The view from the top of the Tendong Hill is
something to be cherished and enjoyed as it spans across plains of Bengal
to the majestic heights of the Himalayan Ranges. One can also proceed
to Namtse by trekking via Tendong Hill following the
traditional route used in the old days. Such trekking is also possible
throughout the year except during monsoons, that is if one is scared of
At the base of Maenam Hill is Ravangla, a
small township and transit to various tourist destinations in South Sikkim and
West Sikkim . It is also an upcoming
tourist spot, and transit point for trekkers to Maenam Hill and Borong.
There are accommodation facilities and numerous short nature trails. A trek
down to the sacred cave
"Shar Chok Bephu",
one of the holiest caves in Sikkim..
- MAENAM HILL
Tendong Hill on the other side overlooking the Ravangla Bazar
settlement. situated at an altitude of 10,300 ft., the scenic view from this
height is, perhaps, unmatched in this part of the world. The trek from Maenam
from Ravangla takes about 4 hrs. and from Maenam Hill-Top one
has the option to take the gentle trek to Borong village
Facing the snow-capped
Borong motorable from Ravangla or a trek via Maenam. A
picturesque village with beautiful landscape and magnificent view is also host
to the hot
spring "Borong Tsa-Chu".
The trek trail, originating from Namchi or Damthang to Tendong-Ravangla-Maenam-Borong
(5 to 6 days) is one of the most interesting trials scaling the hill tops
along the route.
It lies at an elevation of 10,000 ft. and has motorable
roads access up to Hilley. An easy 4 kms. trek from there takes one up to the Varsey
One can also trek from Soreng or Dentam in West Sikkim .
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