The Buddha Park of Ravangla, also known as Tathagata Tsal, is situated near Rabong (Ravangla) in South Sikkim district, Sikkim, India. It was constructed between 2006 and 2013 and features a 130-foot (40 m) high statue of the Buddha as its centerpiece. The site was chosen within the larger religious complex of the Rabong Gompa (Monastery), itself a centuries-old place of pilgrimage. Also nearby is Ralang Monastery, a key monastery in Tibetan Buddhism.
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. This statue was built and installed in the place through the joint efforts of the Sikkim government and its people. The Buddhist circuit of this park was built here under a State government project, for boosting pilgrimage and tourism in the region. The Cho Djo lake is located within the complex, surrounded by forest.
The people of Ravangla built this appealing Buddha Park which has the most gorgeous statue of Sakyamuni Buddha which can be seen crystal clear from all sides of Southwest Sikkim near Ravangla and from a few areas of West Sikkim. It is an alluring park for visitors to enjoy ample peace with spacious pathways for soothing strolls as well as picturesque surroundings.
The added tinge of a Buddhist conclave and a museum meditation centre make the place all the more impressive. You have more hidden surprises enclosed in the park. The life of Gautam Buddha is depicted in two different manners within a gallery constructed in spirals. A lake called Cho-Dzo is guarded by forests on all sides. The Park has a divine touch to it as the site chosen for its establishment was Rabong Gompa Monastery, an age-old place for holy expeditions.
The ideal time to set foot into this lovely park is from April to June but for the snow lovers, September to November is perfect to get an awesome view of the snow-covered Himalayan mountains as well as the colourful flowers doting the Park, which shall leave you speechless.
The entry fee per person is INR 50 and the timings are 9 am to 6 pm
- Maintain decorum and utilities of the park.
- Take permission before taking any photographs of people.
- Dispose your waste properly.
- Wear modest clothing.
- Avoid loud music and unnecessary noises.
- Avoid throwing stones or littering the surroundings.
- No smoking / drinking allowed within the premises