Beautiful town of Singtam
- On 2021-03-29
India is a land of unparalleled and unmatched beauty. Each and every part of the country has something unique to offer. Northeast India is blessed with breathtakingly beautiful demographic locations. However, it is still a less explored territory. Some of its places are untouched and this is the reason why the Northeastern part never fails to amaze the tourists. It has some of the most amazing places to explore. Apart from the famous tourist hotspots, there are many small and secluded places away from the normal hustle and bustle of life where time appears as standstill. Singtam, in the east district of Sikkim, is one such town. It is about 30 km away from the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok. Singtam is also famous for its Government Food Preservation Factory.
Singtam is a perfect holiday destination for people who want to spend some leisure time in the lap of nature. This place is full of scenic beauty and picturesque locations. Taking some time off from the hectic daily schedule and visiting Singtam will refresh your mind, body, and soul.
Best Time to Visit Singtam
The temperature in Singtam remains acceptable throughout the year, but most of the tourists visit this place in winters. The temperature drops to 4 degrees Celsius during the months of December to February. Also, during winters, there is less rainfall, the weather remains pleasant, and the beauty of Singtam increases many folds.
How to Reach Singtam
Singtam is well-connected to other parts of the country. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, which is about 124 km away from Singtam (although Pakyong Airport is merely 30 km away from Gangtok, it, however, is not functional all the time because of poor weather conditions which make Bagdogra Airport a better option). The two nearest railway stations are New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (about 119.4 km away from Singtam) and Siliguri Railway Station (about 114 km away from Singtam). From the airport and railway station, a person can hire a private taxi, shared taxi, or catch a state-owned/ private bus to Singtam. The roads are pretty safe, and the connectivity with different places is also pretty good.
Things to do in Singtam
While visiting Singtam, a person should follow the following checklist to get the best experience of this place.
- Bermiok Monastery
This monastery is located in Bermiok village, which is around 45 km away from Singtam. It follows the Nyingma sect of Buddhism. This place brings tranquillity. A visit to this monastery gives a different experience altogether. This monastery holds great significance as major religious events are organized here from time to time. The monastery building was restored in 1954 after two earthquakes that caused severe damage to the building. The splendid view of nature around the monastery makes the visit even more memorable. Can anything be better than this?
- Samdruptse Hill
Samdruptse Hill is special in every manner. It is located 31.2 km away from Singtam. This hill is believed to fulfill all your wishes. Isn’t it great?
In fact, this hill has a 45 m tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche. The statue was completed in February 2004. It is also believed that this hill is on a dormant volcano. But the best part of this place is the view of majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga (the third-highest peak in the world) that it provides. The view looks nothing less than a dream.
- Temi Tea Factory
The Temi garden is located in the close vicinity to Samdruptse Hill. This garden is spread across an approximate area of 453 hectares and is famous for producing good flavorful tea. This place is a must-visit for every tea lover. Various tea points are built within close proximity, which not only serves the best tea of Sikkim but also provides a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. You can even take a tour of the Temi tea factory and learn the process of how tea is made. Sipping a hot cup of tea along with such an amazing view is way better than the expectations.
- Dzongu Valley
This valley has become a favorite in recent times. It gives a magnificent view of Mt Kanchenjunga. Not only this, rivers Teesta and Tolung flow through the valley. The rivers arising from the Great Himalayan have made this valley.
This valley is also called a valley of oranges because thousands of orange trees are lined up here. Earlier tourists were not allowed in the valley. Only Lepchas were allowed, but now it has been opened for all. A number of tourists visit this place every year, yet it holds the same calmness and serenity. It is also free from pollution. It is one of the places that you definitely should visit in case; you are planning your vacations to Singtam.
- Namchi Rock Garden
Who does not like going to a nice picnic? Namchi rock garden is an ideal picnic location which is about 30 km away from Singtam. This place is perfect if you are looking forward to spending some peaceful time amidst the rare species of flowers. The garden remains open from 8 am to 5 pm. It is a great place for kids. They get to enjoy a lot.
- Kitam Bird Sanctuary
This bird sanctuary is home to over 2000 species of birds including Peacocks, Yellow-vented Warbler, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Grey-crowned Prinia, and Rufous-necked Hornbill. Apart from birds, beautiful butterflies can also be spotted here. Additionally, there is a wide variety of vegetation along with Sal and Chir pine trees all over the place, which makes this place a lush green paradise. If this excites you enough, then Kitam Bird sanctuary is the right place for you. The best time to visit this sanctuary is during the winters because all the migratory birds flew down here, which makes this place a heaven for bird lovers. It is about 38.4 km away from Singtam. It takes approximately 1 hour and 40 min to reach this place.
- Char Dham Solophok
Situated just 47 km from Singtam, the temple complex of Char Dham is located on Solophok hill. It has a giant statue of Lord Shiva which is 26.5 m high, along with replicas of four dhams, namely Puri, Dwarka, Rameswaram, and Badrinath; and twelve jyotirlingas. This place has become quite popular among tourists as well as religious devotees. People come here to see how beautifully the complex has been made.
- Tarey Bhir
Tarey Bhir is a perfect destination for adventure junkies. It is a 10000 ft tall cliff. From here, you will get a mesmerizing view of River Teesta and River Rangeet. The option of white water rafting is also available in the Teesta River. The word Teesta is derived from ‘Trisrota’ which simply means consisting of three streams.
The hilltop of Tarey Bhir is covered with pine trees. The spectacular view that this place offers is beyond imagination. It is quite close to Singtam and gives a look similar to The Great Wall of China. You should not miss visiting this place.
This place is just 50 km away from Singtam. It has an old-school charm. Situated at an elevation of 7000 ft, this place is full of dramatic scenery. There is a Buddha park which is one of the most well-maintained parks. The other famous tourist destination is Rayong Sunrise viewpoint which also serves as a base for many famous trekking trails. Ralong Monastery the holy cave of Shar Chok Bephu and Ravangla monastery are some of the other places to visit in Ravangla.
- Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary
The trek to Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary is quite steep. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 36.43 sq. Km and situated at an altitude of 2300 m to 3263 m. One can spot different types of trees such as oak, chestnut, magnolia trees, etc. Also, different species of animals such as Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, and many varieties of deer are present in the sanctuary.
Ranong is situated at the base of Maenam hill and it also serves as a great base for trekkers who want to trek above. A person can enjoy various long and short treks depending upon their choice. Trekking to nearby villages is also possible.
Tip: Trekkers must take relevant permission from the authorities before going for a trek.
Singtam might be a quiet place, but that does not mean it is not ideal for adventure lovers. The places nearby Singtam are quite adventurous. Trek to Borong is something that you must give a try if you are visiting this part of the country. The view from Borong village is completely mind-blowing. The trek starts from Namchi, which is located close to Singtam, and crosses various checkpoints such as Tendong, Rabong, Maenam, and then finally ends at Borong. One gets a spectacular view of Mt Kanchenjunga and some other peaks Narsingh, Sinolchu, and Pandim during the trek.
This place is located on the foothills where River Rangeet flows. Situated just 35 km away from Singtam and at an altitude of 300 m above sea level, this place is famous for its Akar Suspension bridge. A famous temple Sisne Mandir is also situated close to the bridge. The best time to visit this place is during the Jorethang Maghey Mela Celebration, which occurs every year during the month of January.
Sikip is situated on the banks of River Rangeet. It is easily accessible from Singtam. This place offers scenic beauty away from the hectic city life. One can also indulge in some rafting in the River Rangeet. This place is perfect for those who want to enjoy some thrilling activity. This place can be visited anytime during the year.
- Tendong Hill
Tendong Hill is another hiking destination. It is, in fact, a stretch of land with the lush green forest around it. It is believed that this place was used by Buddist Lamas for meditation amidst scenic beauty. It offers a panoramic view. One can easily trek Tendong valley with help from locals. Hiking is one thing that you must give a try if you really want to see the true beauty of this place. Trekking gives enough time to absorb the beauty around.
Lachung is a small hill station located at an elevation of 9600 ft. This place is situated at the confluence of two tributaries of River Teesta, namely River Lachen and River Lachung. It is interesting to note that this place is described as the most picturesque village of Sikkim by a British explorer. You can reach this place through Singtam.
- Devour the Northeastern Cuisine
Northeast India is not only about beautiful and wonderstruck locations but it is also a hidden treasure of flavourful cuisines. While visiting Singtam and nearby places, it is advised to satiate your taste buds with the best Northeastern food that you can get your hands on. Northeastern cuisine has a wide variety of dishes and there is always something for everyone. So devour yourself into the rich flavors of local delicacies.
- Get the best hospitality from the locals
The locals of Northeast India are warm towards all the guests and visitors. There are a number of homestays and guest houses in and around Singtam where locals provide the best hospitality. Some of these are even located at such beautiful places where you can get the best view of the mountains and enjoy lush green beauty. If you are visiting Singtam, do give these local places a try.
Some of the homestays’ hosts even volunteer to be your local guide which is a sweet gesture in itself. They know this place better than anyone. Thus, their guidance helps a lot.
- Visit the local market
The best way to get a glimpse of local culture is to do things like the locals do. A visit to the local market is a great way to get your hands on some local delicacies, souvenirs, fruits, and vegetables. It gives an insight into how culturally rich a place is. Visiting the local market must be there on your wishlist. The experience that shopping in the local market provides is something else. The local market of Singtam will give you information about what locals do in their day-to-day life. You will also get to see some local handicrafts and art.
- Attend any local event or festival
Local events and festivals give a first-hand experience of the culture of any place. While planning your visit here, make sure to check out whether any local event is happening around during that time. If any such event is scheduled to happen, then try to squeeze in some free time in your itinerary to attend that event. This will give you an insight into the life of the local people. Attending such an event also makes a person aware of how culturally rich his or her country is. So, do not miss this golden opportunity.
It does not matter whether you are visiting Singtam for a family vacation, a trip with friends, or for a romantic getaway, this place is perfect for all. From people looking for peace to people looking for some adventure, this place caters to all. It gives an experience worth remembering.
Northeast India is culturally rich and breathtakingly beautiful. It spells a charm on everyone. Thus, this place is not going to disappoint you in any manner. It will give you many good memories and great experiences.
Apart from the above-listed things, there are plenty of other things that you can do here. There is so much to explore. This part of the country is full of hidden treasures.
Various places are located quite close to Singtam, so you can extend your trip further to any such place. Singtam serves as a base point for many nearby places. While planning a visit to Singtam, make sure to include as many nearby places as you can.
Even if you don’t want to explore any nearby places, then spending some quiet time in Singtam is also a great plan. It gives a break from the monotonous routine and brings you close to nature. Nature has the power to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. Thus, it would not be wrong to say that the visit to Singtam can be a life-changing experience for many people.
The experience that one gets in Northeast India stays with the person for a really long time. Such is the beauty of this place.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your bags packed and head over to Singtam to get the best experience away from the bustling city life. You can plan your itinerary as per your requirements.