Ravangla is in South Sikkim.
Ravangla is a relatively new tourist spot in South Sikkim. It is a small picturesque town on the highway from Gangtok to Gyalshing at an elevation of 8,000 ft. Ravangla is one of the few places in Sikkim which offer undisturbed views of the Greater Himalayas (Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Sinialchu, Mt. Kabru). In April and May lots of flowers are in full blossom.
By jeep or taxi
Jeeps arrive at and leave from the crossing at the southern end of the market (Gangtok ₹80, Namchi ₹40). A few taxis go directly to Pelling (₹80). but normally you will have to change cars at Gyalshing.
Buses to Gangtok leave at 9am, to Gyalshing at 11am. There are two buses to Namchi at 9am and 1pm. If you want to go to Darjeeling, you will have to take a bus or taxi to Jorethang first and change cars there.
- 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.
- Handicraft centre Kewzing. A training centre set up by the government in order to preserve the traditional Sikkimese handicraft and handloom. Here you an observe how young boys and girls learn the traditional arts of wood carving and weaving and buy some souvenirs.
- 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 kms from Ravangla (8 kms beyond Legshep). Sharchog Bephug at Sangmo village (8 kms from Ravangla) is the largest of holy caves, extending into the Menam and Tendong hills.
- Kheunpheling Carpet Centre. In the Tibetan Refugee Settlement Camp above Ravangla. Their traditionally designed woven woolen carpets belong to the finest Tibetan carpets.
- 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 kms (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.
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). It is not easy to find the path, therefore a local guide (₹300) is highly recommended. The path winds through a forest of oak, chestnut, magnolia and rhododendron trees. 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
- 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.
- Florida Cafe, market street. best momos in town
- Karma Cafe, market street.
Good accommodation options include Hotel Meeenamla and the Mt. Narsing Village Resort.
- 10Zing (at the taxi stand), ☎ +91 3585 260 705.
- Reegyal (at the taxi stand), ☎ +91 3585 260 221.
- Zumthang (on the road to Kewzing), ☎ +91 3585 260 870, e-mail: email@example.com.
- Meanamla Hotel (Ravangla Bazar).
- Hotel Rabong Valley, Ravangla Rabong Road (On Gangtok – Pelling State highway opposite Buddha Park), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Newly constructed as of 2015, at the lap of a green hillock. Great views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Starting at ₹1000.
- Mount Narsing Village Resort, 15th Mile (3 km from Ravangla on the Gangtok - Pelling highway). The Mount Narsing Village Resort has two wings. One on the road and the other one 1 km up. THe one by the roadside is cheaper (₹800-₹1000) but the food is just ok and so is the accommodation. The Annexe wing has suites and cottages. (₹1500 - ₹2100) and has great views of Mt. Kabru and the Narsing range. The food is quite tasty. The restaurant serves Sikkimese, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine.