It was pleasant drive from Gangtok. We drove on the winding roads through the tea gardens of Sikkim to Namchi town. We were on our mission to see the world’s tallest statue of Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Buddhists in Sikkim.
At 118 feet tall on Samdruptse hill on the outskirts of the town, this is the tallest statue of Guru Padmasambhava in the world. It virtually soars into the sky as you can see in this picture. ( click on the picture to see it in original size) On a clear day, you can see lovely Kanchenjunga in the horizon from the hill .
World’s third largest statue of Shiva is on the opposite hill known as Siddheshwar Dhaam.
If you are visiting Sikkim, don’t miss this small but interesting town. It can be easily covered on the way to Siliguri from Gangtok.
You may also look at this post which has details on Shiva statue in Siddheshwar dhaam
While in Sikkim, we went for a spectacular drive to Nathula the border post on India – China border. The details of our experience is captured in this post. Please click on the link below.
Nathula – A Spectacular drive to China border in Sikkim
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