There are several perks of being an army wife. One of them is to be able to travel across the length and breadth of the country. There are several places in our country which are breathtakingly beautiful yet not very popular. One such place that I got to see recently is Ravangla. Ravangla or Rawangla or Ravongla is a very small town situated at an elevation of 7000 ft in South Sikkim.
A picturesque town with not too many commercial hangouts, Ravangla can be your ideal travel destination if you are looking for a peaceful time away from a busy corporate life.
What to see in Ravangla?
Everything! Just step out of your hotel room and breathe in the beauty of the place. Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Sinialchu, Mt. Kabru are just a few of the major peaks that are clearly visible from Ravangla.
A must visit is the Buddha Park, also known as the known as Tathagata Tsal. It features a 130-foot high statue of the Buddha at its centerpiece. Try to get the tickets for the mesmerizing light and music show here. You can also do some shopping inside the Buddha Park complex.
If you are a Tea person, a visit to Temi Tea Garden, about 16 kms from Ravangla would be a delight.
What to eat in Ravangla?
Tibetan cuisine and Butter Tea are a must if you are going to Sikkim for the first time. This food is good for the weather as it will keep you warm in an otherwise freezing Ravangla.
What is the ideal season to visit Ravangla?
Avoid rainy season because there might be incidents of landslides. Avoid peak winter season from December to January if you can’t bear extreme cold. The ideal time to visit Ravangla is February and March.
How to reach Ravangla?
Ravangla is situated between Pelling and Gangtok and has a connectivity to all major towns in Sikkim through the state highway. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Aiport, which is about 130 kms. The nearest railways station is New Jalpaiguri(NJP), which is about 120 kms. You can hire taxis from the Bagdogra airport or the NJP railway station to go to Ravangla. You can also consider shared jeeps and SNT buses if you are on a tight budget.
On your way to Ravangla from NJP/Bagdogra, don’t forget to stop every 20-25 kms and get a feel of the landscape changing.