Ravangla itself is a bizarre rural place. Once we get on the road we would find even the roadside views are picturesque. As our mother nature has painted the slopes with the best strokes of her brush. The visible mountain ranges are Mt. Siniolchu, Mt. Narsing, Mt. Pandim and Mt. Kabru i.e. the twin peaks of the Kanchenjunga range. Here the stepped farming is a frequent food in our vicinity. A local horticulture farm wherein various medicinal samples are cultivated either.
Ravangla Buddha statue
Tathagata Tsal of Ravangla commonly named as Buddha Park is situated in South Sikkim district near Rabong (Ravangla), Sikkim, India. The Buddha Park was constructed between 2006 and 2013 and featuring a 130 feet (40 meters) high statue of the Buddha as its centerpiece.
As soon as one enters the premises of the park, one get to hear a faint humming of “Om Mani Padme Hum” which inherently refreshes the mind. The park also holds a souvenir shop, a cafe, a prayer hall and a restaurant wherein delicious momo are available.
Buddha Park Statue
The beautiful park was chosen within the larger religious complex of the Rabong Gompa (Monastery), itself a centuries-old place of pilgrimage. Ralang Monastery, another key monastery in Tibetan Buddhism, at near by place either.
Buddha Park Complex
This Buddha statue was consecrated on 25 March 2013 by the 14th Dalai Lama, and became a stop on the ‘Himalayan Buddhist Circuit’. The statue of the Buddha marks the occasion of the 2550th birth anniversary of Lord Gautama Buddha.
Buddha Park Auditorium
This tall Buddha statue was built and installed in the place through the joint efforts of the legislative government of Sikkim and its people. The Buddhist circuit of this park was built here under a local State government project, for boosting pilgrimage and tourism in the south Sikkim region. The Cho Djo lake is located within the complex, surrounded by green forest.
Buddha Park Entrance
How to Reach Ravangla
By Road: Ravangla is well connected to other parts of the state by hired Taxi or local bus services. Sikkim Road Transportation Corporation (SRTC) buses ply the roads between Park to Namchi and Gangtok.
By Train: The New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the nearest rail-head located at a distance of 123 km from Ravangla. This station is well connected to major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai by frequent trains. Taxis are available for Ravangla via NH10 and NH710, a journey which takes around 4 hours 30 minutes to reach. Route Map Here
By Air: Located in Pakyong town, greenfield airport near Gangtok, the state capital of Sikkim, Pakyong Airport (IATA: PYG) is the nearest air base located at a distance of 75 km from Ravangla. This small airport is well connected to Calcutta, New Delhi and various other cities. Taxis are available from the airport to Buddha Park, a journey which takes around 2 hours 50 minutes to reach.
Buddha Park Mini Temple
- Pakyong to Park – 75 km
- NJP to Park – 123 km
- Kalimpong to Park – 78 km
- Gangtok to Park – 69 km
- Darjeeling to Park – 73 km
- Pelling to Park – 90 km
Buddha Park Sikkim Entry Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
Buddha Park Sikkim Entry Fee: Per person ₹50/- INR
Best Months to Visit: March, April, May, June, October, November
Not advisable:· July, August, September (Due to heavy rainfall & landslides road will be blocked)· December, January, February (Cold Climates).