If you are searching for a beautiful and calm place for your next holiday trip, here you got, Ravangla. It comes under Sikkim and getting popular day by day for the beauty it offers. Few people transit through Ravangla to see beautiful Buddha park and a few love to spend a day there. While spending a night will completely depend on your plan, but you just can’t afford to miss Buddha Park if you are nearby.
Local Sightseeing in Ravangla
The main task for you will be to explore the vast area of Buddha Park on the way to Ralong Monastery, it offers a well-maintained garden, mesmerizing view, and a huge sitting Buddha statue. The statue itself heights 130 feet which is also the tallest in the sitting statue category. You have to pay nominal entry fees of Rs. 50 (defers for non-Indians) and keep the luggage at counter. You will start hearing a piece of very soothing and satisfying music (Buddha music) as soon as you enter the park. They arranged speakers in a way that from everywhere inside the park, the music sounds with the same intensity. There is a beautiful small water area before the statue which also considered as wishing pond.
If you like flower photography, you may spend a couple of hours there. The entire premises are properly maintained. The whole atmosphere inside the park creates a proper harmony to make you feel connected with nature. Just sit for some time and you will definitely feel the peace from inner you.
You can also visit Ralong Monastery, Keuzing, Borong, Namchi (Chardham, Samdrupse), and Temi tea gardens, in case you are halting for a day.
How to reach Ravangla
Ravangla is well connected by road from different parts of Sikkim and West Bengal. You may book a cab or use public transport as per your convenience. The nearest railway station is NJP and the nearest Airports are Bagdogra (Near Siliguri) & recently opened Pakyong (Near Gangtok). If you are on budget or love to travel solo, a shuttle will be the best option for you to explore this place. Take a shuttle from Siliguri to Singtam and then towards Ravangla.
Accommodation in Ravangla
There are plenty of hotels available in every budget in Ravangla and the rates vary season-wise, but for cheaper hotels, you may need to compromise a little bit with the surrounding view.
You can also stay at Borong, only 6 KM from Ravangla, still considered as a off-beat place.
Best time to visit Ravangla
I would always prefer to visit this kind of place either during monsoon or immediately after that. It always felt like, nature welcoming us with more greenery.
Pro tips: You will have ATM facility in Ravangla, in case you want to withdraw some cash. Don’t miss to taste tea in tea garden stalls.
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