Solophok Char Dham
Solophok Char Dham, South Sikkim
This Pilgrim Centre has a most important temple of 108 feet height on which is established the 87 feet high statue of Lord Shiva. Apart from this there are also replicas of the twelve Jyotirlingas, to offer one platform to worship for the devotees of Lord Shiva. A statue of 16 1/2 feet height of Lord Kirateshwar is also installed in this place. As per the Hindu belief in order to attain Moksha, one has to perform pilgrimage to all the existing four Dhams, hence, replicas of these four Dhams, namely Badrinath, Jaganath and Dwarka dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Rameshwar, dedicated to Lord Shiva is also been built in the same premises. The pilgrim centre is constructed in an area of 28.958 Hactare of land on top of the Solophok Hill just 5 kilometers from Namchi town. The whole complex is divided into four key elements, viz.,
(1) Shiva Statue with 12 Jyotirlingas,
(2) Char Dham,
(3) Sai Baba Temple and
(4) Kirateshwar statue as well Nandi bull the ride of Lord Shiva, Sai dwar, Sai Temple, Kirat dwar and Shiv Dwar.
The government of Sikkim has given this pilgrimage centre a special attention in past few years, it has been devoted and contrived to place Sikkim in the very conscience, empathy and minds of the people from both India and overseas. Except for providing an inimitable religious and cultural atmosphere, the Solophok (Namchi) Pilgrimage-cum-Cultural Centre is being built, cared and promoted on an ostentatious level henceforward ought to be a top most tourist destination preferred by the tourists from both India and abroad. Tourists do come here for a variety of reasons like Pilgrimage, religious discourses, attend cultural activities of Sikkim which is one of its kind in whole world, seminars, nature study, trekking, mule and yak riding, feel the essence of nature and passive recreation.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Anytime of the year except the rainy season would be best time to visit this place. The weather of Namchi remains pleasant throughout the year, however if you are visiting Namchi 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.