Buddha Park (Tathagata Tsal)Direction
At the base of Maenam Hill is Ravangla, a small township and transit to various tourist destinations in South Sikkim and West Sikkim . It is also an upcoming tourist spot, and transit point for trekkers to Maenam Hill and Borong. There are accommodation facilities and numerous short nature trails. A trek down to the sacred cave “Shar Chok Bephu” , one of the holiest caves in Sikkim. The Buddha Park of Ravangla, also known as Tathagata Tsal, is situated near Rabong (Ravangla). It was constructed between 2006 and 2013 and features a 130-foot high statue of the Buddha as its centerpiece.The statue was consecrated on 25 March 2013 by the 14th Dalai Lama, and became a stop on the ‘Himalayan Buddhist Circuit’. The statue of the Buddha marks the occasion of the 2550th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha.
How to Reach:
The nearest airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal about 126 kms from Ravangla which is a domestic airport and connected to the nearest international airport being Kolkata in West Bengal. The view point is about 8 kms via road from Ravangla.
The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri Station in West Bengal about 122 kms from Ravangla from where one can avail trains to different parts of the country.
Ravangla is approximately about 118 km from Siliguri. The Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) buses plies regularly from Ravangla to towns within the state and Siliguri. Private taxis are also available on regular basis for hire or on shared basis.