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Namchi, also known as Namtse is the capital of the South Sikkim district. The appellation Namchi means Sky (Nam) High (Chi) in Sikkimese. Namchi is perched at an altitude of 1.675 m (5500 ft.) above sea level, with a distance of 78 kilometers from Gangtok and around 100 km from Siliguri.
Home to the Buxa Formation of Mamley, the stromatolite bearing Dolomite Limestones, which has been declared a national geological monument by the Geological Survey of India (GSI), for their protection, maintenance, promotion, and enhancement of geotourism.
The Statue of Guru Padmasambhava is a major tourist attraction where the 135 ft jaw-dropping high statue, painted in copper and gold sits on a lotus plinth atop the Samdruptse ridge. It gazes down upon the towns and across the hills and its height being so major that it can be seen from Darjeeling town too.
The other attraction point is the Solophok Chardham, a colorful pilgrim centre spanning over an area of 7 acres on top of Solophok hills. The centre houses replicas of the four dhams (holy pilgrimage sites of Hindus) — Badrinath, Puri, Dwarka, and Rameshwaram.
Around a couple of kilometers away from Namchi, is another pilgrimage site, the Shirdi Sai Mandir. This two-storeyed gold-hued building has two halls on each floor. The ceiling of the first-floor hall has been painted in blue hues and looks a lot like a planetarium for some reason. A marble statue of Shirdi Sai Baba seated on an elevated platform takes center stage. Wall murals in vivid colours depict the life of Sai Baba and also showcase Vishnu in different incarnations. The temple has a garden from where — on a clear day — you can even get a panoramic view of Mount Khangchendzonga.
Namchi can be visited all around the year where people can experience different festivals and cultural happening from time to time.
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