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 Namchi Chardham  

    The Most Visited Tourism Spot in Sikkim

Namchi Chardham has become the most visited tourism spot within a short period in Sikkim   “Siddesvara Dham” popularly known as Char Dham here in Namchi, South Sikkim has become a one of the most visited pilgrimage place.

The tiny Himalayan State, Sikkim earned the international attention for this kind of unique place where the devotees can have the darshan or visit of four most holy temples of India, the place being the  great replica of four temples  being in a place, which is easy to visit. According to report, since 19th November to 31st December, 2011 the total number of local, National and international (from countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Norway and Nepal and Bhutan) visitors who visited the Siddesvara  Dham have swollen up to 41,068. 
Total Vehicle which entered this Pilgrimage spot has been: 6,413, Total amount collected: Rs 2, 14,910/- Total Amount Deposited: Rs 1, 67,739/ and Total Expenditure: Rs 47,171/-
The collected amount is solely from the parking charges, selling of Tea and coffee and the service charge from the Cloakroom as visitors keeps their belongings in the cloakroom. 
   The cloakroom charge is not mandatory, as it is charged only when the visitors wishes to keep their paraphernalia in the cloakroom
No entry fee is levied for anyone as we’re in the initial stages of the operation, he informed. Mr. Sharma also added that with the minor works that will be completed within this month and the handing over of the Dham to the Trust will be completed by the end of this month
     The construction of the Pilgrimage-cum-Cultural Centre at Solophok, 5 kilometre away from Namchi Bazar, South Sikkim was inaugurated on 8th November 2011, the construction of which is completed now.In accordance with the concept, vision and the exemplary initiative of Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling, the Government is endeavoring to promote “Rural Village, Eco friendly and Religious Tourism.
            The Government has envisioned in establishing a unique Pilgrim Centre with a 108 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva on the Solophok hill. Apart from the ground-scaled Shiva statue, this Pilgrim Centre would also provide replicas of the twelve Jyotirlingas, to offer one platform for Shiva devotees.
            In Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Shiva, after loosing Sati in Agnikund, had gone into seclusion and become a hunter in the forests of Sikkim. There is also a mention in Mahabharata that during Arjuna’s exile, he had fought over hunting a wild pig, with Lord Shiva incarnated as Kirateshwar in Indrakeel (Present Sikkim). Therefore, in this hunter incarnation he is locally worshipped by the people of Sikkim as Lord Kirateshwar. A statue of 18 feet height of Lord Kirateshwar has also been proposed as the part of the complex.
In order to attain Moksha, the Hindu belief is to perform pilgrimage to all the existing four Dhams. Thereby, replicas of these four Dhams, namely Badrinath, Jaganath and Dwarka dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Rameshwar, dedicated to Lord Shiva are also being constructed.
The pilgrim centre is being constructed on top of the Solophok Hill in South Sikkim which is about 5 kilometers from Namchi town. It has an acquired area of 29.95 Ha of land. The built up complex would cover an area of approximately 25 acres and is accessible by a memorable road.
            The profile of the hill suggested that the main Shiva complex with the main statue be placed at the highest commanding point in the west direction and facing east (almost). This 108 ft high statue of Lord Shiva (in a sitting posture) will be the focus of attraction encircled by the twelve Jyotirlingas. The entire complex is divided into four main elements, namely (1) Shiva Statue with 12 Jyotirlingas, (2) Four Dhams, (3) Sai Baba Temple and (4) Kirateshwar statue.
Besides, it is also proposed to construct, Yatri Niwas, Guest House, Security Block, Shops, Sewerage Treatment Plant, Foot Path, statues of Religious deities, Water Reservoirs, Pavilion Covering,  Fire fighting, Electrical & Plumbing Paraphernalia, Auditorium Furnishing, Art works, Movie Making, Audio Visuals, LCD screen display, Kiosks in the complex &  TVs in yatri Niwas, surround sound effects engulfing the entire complex, construction of Accommodation for approximately 40 persons, service workers & staff. The entire area shall under go landscaping, tree plantation and Gardening complete. As on date the entire cost of the project today stands at Rs.99.56 Crore.
          This pilgrimage centre has been dedicated and designed to place Sikkim in the very conscience, heart and minds of the citizens of India and beyond.  Apart from providing a unique religious and cultural ambience, the Pilgrimage-cum-Cultural Centre established on a grand scale hereafter ought to be a tourist attraction at the National as well as International level.  The existing linkages have been explored and the tourist activities targeted are Pilgrimage, cultural activities, seminars, religious discourses, nature study and passive recreation.  The construction activity itself has benefited the people of the State, and will invariably improve at large the socio economic condition of the people in the state.  It will undoubtedly provide immense income generation avenues and opportunities through economic spin-off on completion. The project conceived by the Government shall prove to be manna from the heavens, where upon it will enhance the economic capacity of the people.

 The construction of the chardham and the statue of Lord Shiva was started on February 13,  2005 and completed   on October 30,2011. The Total sanctioned cost of the centre is Rs 99.56 crores.

   
 

   Tourism       

              Welcome to  Sikkim.............!!!

 

(There are some relaxationn to the tourists now visiting Sikkim during this pandemeic)

  

Sikkim is one of the most peaceful and beautiful state of India. This Himalayan state is bordered by West Bengal, China,  Nepal   and Bhutan in the East. With a total area of 7,096 sq.km, Sikkim covers  0.22 percent of the  total geographical area of India with  a population of 540493 (2001 census). Climate of Sikkim varies from tropical to alpine. The maximum temperature during summer is 25 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature is 13 degree Celsius. During winter, the maximum temperature is 13 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature is 04 degree Celsius. Usually, the best season to visit Sikkim is April to June during pre-summer season and October to December for winter season. During summer, light woolens clothes are ideal to use while heavy woolens clothes are best during winter  season.

                    Important lakes of Sikkim

Tsomgo lake or popularly known as Chhangu lake is a natural glacial lake. During

      winter, the lake is fully frozen, like hard stone, while during hot season the lake becomes full of water, a great source of drinkable natural water after filteration. The place is very popular tourist centre where yak riding is very enjoyable trip around the lake. 12. Khe-cheod-palri West, 13. Gurudongmar North,14. Lam Pokhari West , 15. Changu (Tsomgo) East, 16. Laxmi Pokhari West, 17. Cholamu North, 18. Bidang cho East 19. Menmecho East,20. Majur Pokhari West, 21. Sima Choka North,22. Dudh Pokhari West,23. Samiti lake West, 24. Ram-Laxman (Twin Lake) West, Hot Springs,25. Phurcha-chu, Sanganath South/West Sikkim, 26. Ranglop Cha-chu at Borong, South Sikkim, 27. Gangyap Chhutshen, West Sikkim, 28. Takrumtshen, North Sikkim,29. Yumesamdongtchachhu, North Sikkim,30. Yumthang-tshachhu, North Sikkim,31. Zee Tshachu, North Sikkim,32. Shagyong Phedok Tshachhu, North Sikkim,33. Tholung Kangtshachuu, North Sikkim.

        Important Glaciers

34. Zemu Glacier North,35. Rathong Glacier West,36. Lonak Glacier North, ,37. Hidden Glacier North,38. Talung Glacier North,39. North Lonak Glacier North,40. South Lonak Glacier North,41. Tista Khangse Glacier North. Important Passes 42. Nathu-la East,43. Jelep-la East,44. Batang-la East,45. Cho-la East,46. Chiwabhanjang West,47. Chorten Nyima-la West,48. Kongra-la West,49. Lungma-la West,50. Donkia-la West **English spelling of local names may not reflect actual Sikkimese pronunciation since these are from old official documents.

 Gurudongmar, The Beautiful lake, North Sikkim

 A Must Visit holy land

North Sikkim is also blessed with snow, glacier and varieties of flora and Fauna. Gurudongmar is the beautiful lake in North Sikkim. It is located at a height of 17,800 ft. which is regarded as the holy place.

The journey from capital Gangtok to the place is 200 kms. and the vehicle for the journey is available at the capital. There is a legend about the lake. The lake used to remain frozen most of the year, therefore it was not possible to use its water for drinking purposes by the local people. The Guru Padmasambhava while passing by and returning from Tibet, the local people reportedly approached Guru for providing source of water for drinking. Knowing the crisis, the Guru out rightly turned a portion of frozen water . By the blessing of Guru, a portion of the lake touched by him does not freeze inextreme winter. The water of the lake is considered sacred, the people carry the ‘blessed’ water in bottles as the gift of the Guru.  ( The recent photo from North Sikkim by our corrrespondent)

 How to visit Sikkim ?  

      Sikkim is now on Air map,  started The Flight service Between Kokatta, Guwahati & Sikkim, however, it was halted due to technical reason. Because of Covid -19, the service has been temporarily suspended, but there is high expectation of the people that the service will be soon resumed soon the situation of pandemic will improve.

    A tiny Himalayan former small kingdom, Sikkim is now on air map of India. Spread across 201 acres, the Pakyong airport has been built approximately 2 kilometres above the Pakyong village in Sikkim. With its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th September 2018[, the first commercial flight operations  from the airport started last 4 October 2018, between Pakyong and Kolkata.  Meanwhile, Druk Air plans to launch flights between Pakyong and Paro on 1 January 2019.the state of Sikkim has finally been added on India’s aviation map. Spicejet operating its flight, recently stopped the opereation of flight. The people and the authority are demanding to resume the service.

       How to visit Sikkim ?

               By flight:From Delhi or most of the metropolitan cities of India, one can make a trip up to Bagdogra airport of North Bengal, the nearest port. One can even hire Pawan Hans helicopter service from Bagdogra to Gangtok, otherise, any one can hire taxi from Bagdogra to Gangtok which is three and half hour journey. Now 80 seater flight from Bagdogra to Pakyong Airport.

By road:The capital Gangtok is well connected by roads with Siliguri, Kalimpong and Darjeeling. Private Buses and taxis are available.Sikkim Nationalized Transport(SNT) bus service run by Government of Sikkim too available from Siliguri to Gangtok and back. Bus and other private taxi services  are available from Siliguri SNT bus terminus, Pradhan Nagar.

 Different tourist spots:There are as many as places of tourist interest in Sikkim.  Local taxis and conveyance are available to visit these places from Gangtok. Permit to visit Nathula is available from Gangtok

 

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