Shirdi Sai Mandir
Shirdi Sai Mandir, South Sikkim
At a distance of 3 km from Char Dham and 5 km from Namchi Taxi Stand, Sai Mandir is a Hindu temple located at Assangthang area of Namchi in Sikkim. Situated near Char Dham, it is considered as one of the major places of pilgrimage in Namchi and among the best places to visit in Namchi.
Built in 2010, the temple is dedicated to Sri Shirdi Sai Baba. This beautiful pilgrimage center was a gift of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling to the people of Sikkim. The temple is a very aesthetically designed two-storied building with modern architecture having a statue of Shirdi Sai Baba in the 1st floor. It looks glorious when the rays of sun fall on it. The ground floor accommodates devotees for singing hymns in praise of Sai Baba. There are 10 beautiful paintings represent the 10 different incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
The temple is surrounded by a beautiful garden from where one can get a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchendzonga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world. The temple has a very peaceful atmosphere to sit and meditate a while. Outside the temple complex, there are small restaurants serving Indian vegetarian food, and small shops selling tea and cold drinks.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Anytime of the year except the rainy season would be best time to visit this place. Assangthang is close to Namchi and the weather of Namchi remains pleasant throughout the year, however if you are visiting in winter then don't forget to carry warm clothes as it can get chilly during this time of the year.
HOW TO GET THERE
Airways: The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, West Bengal about 102 km from Namchi. Sikkim also has got its first commercial airport at Pakyong, East Sikkim but weather hampers the operation of this airport most of the time. If you are lucky enough you can get a flight directly to Pakyong.
Railways: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in West Bengal which is about 98 km from Namchi. You can take a taxi to reach Namchi via Jorethang, which takes about 4 hours.
Roadways: Namchi is the district headquarter of the South and is about 82 km from Gangtok, the capital city. Shirdi Sai Mandir is about 5 km from Namchi and you can hire a taxi to take you there and the Namchi Helipad.