Perched on a ridged between Maenam and Tendong hills at an elevation of 7000ft overlooking the green lofty valley of Sikkim with backdrop of the majestic snow peak Himalayan Range, is a picturesque settlement called Ravangla. Located at a distance of 68km from the bustling town Gangtok Ravangla is a newly found offbeat tourist destination in South Sikkim. Ravangla also spelt as Ravongla or Rawangla acts as a base for trekking towards the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary. Rich in Himalayan flora, Maenam is the treasure house of medicinal plant making it a paradise for the botany enthusiasts. The word Ravangla is derived from the Bhutia Language where ‘Ra’ means wild sheep and ‘Vong’ means rearing place and ‘La’ means pass. Ravongla is a pass to go any direction in Sikkim.
The quaint town Ravangla with its unique location amidst the hills of Tendong and Maenam has become the perfect destination for trekking expedition through the thick forest of the Oak, Pine, Rhododendron, Magnolia and fir trees in South Sikkim. Enclosed by lush tea gardens and thick forested area, Ravangla has become a favored tourist destination on the travelers list. Surrounding Lepcha and Bhutia villages of Yangang, Tinkitam, Kewzing, Barfung & Bakhim are ideal destination for sightseeing in Ravangla. Ravangla creates an ideal ambiance for hosting a large number of avifauna making it a paradise for bird watchers. Birds like verditer flycatchers, blue-fronted redstarts, grey bushchats, dark-throated thrush, blue whistling thrush, green-backed tit and white-browed fantails can be easily spotted while visiting the quaint town of Ravangla. The forests around Ravangla have other birds like laughing thrushes, babblers, cuckoos and hill partridges. The rare satyr tragopan can also be spotted in Ravangla. Ravangla has many tourist interest points including some decades old monasteries making it a pilgrim centre for many devotes. Ralang monastery 6km from Ravangla built by the 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche houses an extensive collection of painting and mural. It is also the host for the annual festival called Pang Lhabsol. Rayong sunrise point, 8km from Ravangla is the perfect spot to witness a breathtaking sunrise over the snow capped mountains of Himalayan range. Located at the foothills of Maenam in Ravangla is one the most iconic structure of Sikkim a 130 foot high statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. Tathagata Tsal also known as the Buddha Park is an eco-park created to promote Ravangla as a pilgrim centre in Sikkim. It is one of the faovered to places to visit in Ravangla. The site offers beautiful views of the mountains and the spiritual ambience of the location is an added charm to the visitor’s experience. Endowed with the abundance of Mother Nature and pictorial sites with the enthralling view of Himalayan Range, Ravangla with its unearthly beauty has bewitched the travelers from around the globe.
There is a pleasure in dwelling in the pathless woods while listening to the chirping of exotic Himalayan birds. On the foothills of Maenem hill, Ravangla with its lush tea gardens, decade old monasteries, eco-parks and trekking trails through dense forest has become the safe haven for tourists who want a laid back weekend close to wilderness where nature is in its pristine form.
Ravangla is blessed with pleasant weather throughout the year. But autumn season is considered the best time to visit Ravangla if visitors want to bask in the magnificent vista of majestic Himalayan Range. During this time the quaint town of Ravangla is covered with the vibrant color riot of rare exotic flowers.
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