Samdruptse Hill is 6 km from Namchi and 75 km from Gangtok. It is surmounted by a giant statue of Guru Padmasambhava who is the patron saint of Sikkim. At 148 feet, it is the tallest statue in the world of Guru Padmasambhava. The hill is at a height of 5,500 feet. On a clear day, you can see Mount Kanchenjunga from the hilltop.
The foundation stone of the statue was laid in 1997 by His Holiness Dalai Lama and completed in 2004. It is gilded in copper and gold. Underneath the base is a prayer hall.
One needs to climb up a steep road for about 250 metres from the parking area to reach the top of the hill. A short flight of stairs have to be gone up to get to the foot of the statue. The place is considered to be wish-fulfilling
There is a monastery here. Lamas, young and old, could be seen in the premises.
A ropeway has been installed on the hill. It goes down to a small rock garden. After visiting the garden, you can come back to the hill. A few food stalls line the road to the top. The washrooms outside the complex were clean.
It takes about 3:00 hrs to reach Samdruptse Hill from Gangtok. Make sure that your car is in good condition and the fuel tank is filled up. Very few houses or shops can be spotted on the route. Much of the travel will be through lonely areas. At some places mobile phone connectivity does not exist. Navigation tools may not work. Avoid night travel.
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