I visited Ravangla for 2 days in November for the purpose of catching a glimpse of Kanchenjunga, but alas it was all covered in heavy clouds and fog. But nevertheless, I did whatever I could. Ravangla is a very small town, once you reach there, you will see that there are mainly two roads – one goes towards Ralong and other towards Legship. There are lots of hotels in that small town, some of them are strategically located so that one can see the Kanchenjunga. Majority of the tourists visit the Tathagata Tsal (Buddha Park), which is actually the only tourist attraction in the town. It is 2 km from the town centre and can be reached by foot. Airtel and Vodafone works well, however Jio is yet to get connectivity. Overall, Ravangla can be skipped as it does not much to see or enjoy. There isn’t even any view point to enjoy the scenery. Ralong and Borong are quite far away and you have to hire a private vehicle or stay there if you want to visit those places.
Namchi and Temi tea garden are 1 hour away and can be visited from there. Shared jeeps to Temi tea garden are extremely rare and you may have to hire a private vehicle in order to reach it. A private vehicle costs around 1000 rupees to reach the tea garden and vice versa. Some of the pictures that I have taken during my visit are given below –
How to reach
Shared jeeps are available from Siliguri, Singtam and Namchi. From Namchi, jeeps are available till afternoon after that it may or may not be available. Buses also go there from Gangtok, but it is very less. It is better to reach there before 12 noon in order to avoid disappointment.
Where to stay
There are lots of hotels in Ravangla which can be booked online, along with few restaurants, bars, shops and small eateries.