Namchi is situated about 78 km from Gangtok and is famous for its Buddhist monastery and scenic locales. Offering panoramic views of the mountain ranges and the valley below, it lies at about 1,675 m above mean sea level. Literally translating to ‘top of the sky’ in Bhutia language, Namchi is the headquarters of the south district of Sikkim in North East India and is the second most populated district of the state. Predominantly Buddhist,the Shedrup Choeling Monastery, the Dichen Choeling monastery and the Ngadak monastery are among the many monasteries in the region.
The pilgrimage centers, natural wonders and bio-diversity of Namchi attracts flocks of visitors who come for the unmatched views of the Rangeet valley and the Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. The folklore of Namchi only adds to its mystic charm of.
Locals believe that the spirit of Pende Ongmoo, who was brought to justice for poisoning one of the Chogyals, still haunts Namchi. Another belief is that the Samdruptse Hill which is famous for the 135 ft tall statue of Padmasambhava, is a dormant volcano because of the prayers offered by the Buddhist monks who climb it everyday to meditate.