Buddha statue stands in this sacred park in Sikkim | To travel



The northeast Indian state of Sikkim is well endowed with natural beauty and is one of the most charming regions in the country. Besides its breathtaking scenery, the state’s culture and heritage also attracts travelers from all over. And one of the attractive places in Sikkim is the beautiful Buddha park called “Tathagata Tsal”. Dozens of tourists flock to the revered park, located near Ravangla, a district in southern Sikkim, as it provides an unmistakable experience for visitors.

The highlight of the park is the 130-foot-tall Buddha statue installed to mark the 2550th anniversary of Gautama Buddha’s birth. The facility was set up for the sole purpose of increasing the flow of pilgrims and tourists to the area. The sacred statue became a reality through the concerted efforts of the people of Sikkim and the state government between 2006 and 2013, and the Dalai Lama dedicated the statue to the nation on March 25, 2013.

The premises of the centuries-old Rabong Monastery house the popular park and the Ralang Monastery, which is another important holy place of Tibetan Buddhists, is located near “Tathagata Tsal”.

The Buddha Park, which boasts of a lake named Cho Djo on its premises, is majestically surrounded by verdant forests and the view of the misty Himalayas as a backdrop is ethereal. Serenity takes on a new meaning in the park with a Buddhist conclave, a meditation center, a museum with a spiral gallery and wide paths.

Tourists can reach the sacred establishment without any problem as it is well connected by road. The park, located 1 km north of Ravangla town, is 126 km from Bagdogra Airport, 122 km from Jalpaiguri, 118 km from Siliguri and 85 km from Gangtok.

Buddha Park | Photo: Shutterstock Images

Ravangla is also a favorite hunting ground for adventure sports enthusiasts. The town of Ravangla is located in the valley of the Maenam Hills, which is the gateway to many tourist destinations in the southern and western parts of Sikkim. Maenam and Borong hills are popular trekking spots among travelers, and trekking to Sharchog Beyphug, the most sacred cave in Sikkim, is very popular.



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