SamdrupteseSamdruptse literally means 'wish fulfilling hill' in the Bhutia language. Situated near Namchi in South Sikkim, it is at a distance of 75 kms from Gangtok. A unique, awe inspiring and gigangtic 135 feet high statue of Guru Padamasambhava is installed atop Sampruptse. It is the highest statue of Guru Padamasambhava in the world. His Holiness the Dalai Lama laid the foundation stone of the statue in October 1997. It took nearly three years to complete the statue. Guru Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rimpoche had blessed Sikkim more than 1200 years ago. The statue is therefore a fitting tribute to this patron saint of Sikkim. The statue funded by the State Government was constructed and installed by His Eminence Dodrupchen Rimpoche and members of his Chorten trust.
Tourists can reach Samdruptse easily from NJP Rail Station or Bagdogra Airport or Siliguri Town or Darjeeling or Gangtok.
Pelling to Samdruptse : 71 kms
NJP to Samdruptse : 136 kms.
Bagdogra to Samdruptse : 140 kms.
Darjeeling to Samdruptse : 72 kms.
Gangtok to Samdruptse : 89 kms
Kalimpong to Samdruptse : 64 kms
Due to its advantageous location, many hotels and lodges have come up in and around Namchi - Bazaar catering to varied tastes and budgets. Permit and Entry Rules
Indian : Indian tourists visiting Samdruptse do not require permit to visit.
Foreigner : Foreigners visiting sikkim are provided with only 15 days permit to visit Sikkim which can be extended for a further period of 30 days in two spells of 15 days each. This permit can be easily be obtained through the check post at Rangpho and Melli free of cost. This permits can also be obtained from Indian Embassy at different places. International travellers need to carry original and copies of photograph, passport and Visa.
Best time to Visit Samdruptse
Best time to visit Samdruptse is during the 12 months in the year. Most of the roads remains closed during the month of July, August due to heavy rainfall and landslides.