Namchi is the capital of South Sikkim. It resembles Gangtok in many ways (including the central pedestrian promenade), but is considerably more quiet and local in character, spared of the flood of domestic tourists and the catering industry that comes with it.


The town is located at an altitude of 1,675m and is inhabited by Sherpas and other people of Nepalese Himalayan ancestry. The town has a population of around 1,000.


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