On the 2550th birth anniversary of Buddha, the Buddha Park in Ravangla was inaugurated by the Sikkim government with the support of locals. The sprawling Buddha Park also known as Tathagata Tsal at Ravangla with a colossal statue of Gautama Buddha is pretty as a postcard. Built-in an endeavor to promote religious tourism in the state, it was sanctified by the Dalai Lama himself in 2013.
What to see
Budhha Park is surrounded by the majestic Himalayas from all sides. The park offers some brilliant views of the Greater Himalaya range including Kanchenjunga, Mount Pandim, Mount Siniolch, and Mount Kabru. The winding pathways amidst beautifully manicured lawns and the lovely water fountain in front of the golden statue make it the perfect place for some Social Media worthy shots.
The 130 feet tall copper statue of the Buddha in the bhumisparsha mudra (earth-touching posture) with his eyes half-closed adds to the tranquility of its scenic surroundings. In fact, the statue can be seen clearly from all directions from southwest Sikkim and even some parts of West Sikkim too.
The park also houses a museum that depicts the story of Buddha’s life as well as a meditation center open to tourists and monks. There is also a little curio shop here that sells souvenirs, prayer beads, etc.
When to reach
Every year in spring, Ravangla becomes the center of a five-day festival called ‘Rabong Discovered’. The festival concluded with a flower show, traditional music, and dance competition. Local handicraft and food stalls are quite a cultural spectacle. It also offers opportunities for adventure enthusiasts including activities such as mountain biking, camping, and boating apart from tours to other areas of Sikkim.
How to reach
Ravangla is a charming little town located at a height of about 7000 feet in South Sikkim. It is at a 65 km distance from the state capital of Gangtok on the way to Gyalshing. Cabs or shared taxi from Gangtok is available to get here. Another route is by taking a cab to Singtam and take another one from there to Ravangla.
The Buddha Park is within a walking distance from the main town on the way to Ralang Monastery. It is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm.