Remodeled MG Marg, the main shopping and cultural activity street with its open mall setting, is now admired across the country as an exemplary development model. Restructured and beautified, M.G. Marg of Gangtok was inaugurated by the then Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Dr. Monteksingh Ahluwalia in 2008.
The 135 feet statue is the world’s largest statue of `Lotus Born’ Guru Padmasambhava and is located at Samdruptse in Namchi, South Sikkim.The project was conceptualized by Shri PawanChamling so that the message of love, compassion and kindness may always spread throughout the world from the historical ‘Wish Fulfilling’ hill of Samdruptse. The foundation stone of this grand statue was laid by His Holiness Dalai Lama on 21st October 1997 and was inaugurated by His Eminence Kyabje Dodrupchen Rinpoche on 18 February, 2004.
Located at Namchi in South Sikkim, Siddheshwar Dhaam makes Sikkim as one of the most spectacular pilgrimage destinations to practise and promote religious tourism. Built in the form of replicas of most revered religious pilgrimage sites in India, Chaar Dhaam offers a unique concept of bringing all four Dhams in India under one roof. Located amidst the breadth- taking surroundings of Solophok Hill, the four illustrious Dhaams – Jagannaath Puree (Odisha), Dwaarakaa Puree (Gujarat), Raameshawaram (Tamil Nadu), Badreenaath (Uttarakhand) have been replicated in this religious complex. The place also hosts a 108 ft tall statue of Lord Shiva and a 18-feet statue of Kiraateshwar – the hunter incarnation of Lord Shiva. The Siddheshwar Dham was inaugurated on 8th November 2011 by Sri Jagadguru Sankaracharya Swami Swarupananda Saraswati. The project conceptualized by Shri Pawan Chamling was awarded the ‘Most Innovative & Unique Tourism Project -2010-11 by the Ministry of Tourism.
One of the greatest attractions in Gangtok, this Cable Car Ride connects Deorali and Tashiling Secretariat with an intermediate terminal at Assembly Complex. It is an Eco‐friendly ropeway of approximately 1 km that provides spectacular aerial view of beautiful Gangtok town.
A multi religious centre, Shri Sathya Sai Sarva Dharma Kendra, located at Daramdin in West Sikkim was inaugurated on 15th April 2007. The foundation stone of this Dharma Kendra was laid in the month of December 2002 by Shri Pawan Chamling. Popularly referred to it as a Hindu temple, this shrine, however, is actually an ecumenical centre of all religions.
The magnificent holy temple of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba at Assangthang, Namchi was inaugurated on 3rd November 2010. Built to provide a place of worship and promotion of all religious beliefs and faith, this temple is the first magnificent Shri Shirdi Sai Baba mandir in the State. The temple is not only a pilgrimage centre but also a major tourist destination in South Sikkim. The unveiling of this Sai Temple is indeed regarded as a major historical achievement in Sikkim’s chapter.
Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park located in the valley between the hill slopes of Gangtok and Ranka in East Sikkim was inaugurated on 5thJanuary 2008. The Chief Minister while on his foot tour to Ranka on 28th of September 2004 led to the inception of this beautiful Nature Park with all modern amenities. Over the years,this area has become a popular recreational spot for the local people as well as tourists.
This centre is located at Chemchey in South Sikkim and has been made operational since 2009. A sustainable, non-polluting, adventure and Eco-Tourism centre for global tourism market,this infrastructure has been built over 20 acres of land with natural Rhodondendrons which makes Sikkim a mega destination brand as ‘Feel Good School’.
Creation of this state-of-art infrastructure has crusaded youngsters of Sikkim to take up sporting activities professionally. This re-modelled stadium boasts of astro-turf and floodlights, which very few stadiums in the region have. Sports and games being an integral part of human life, Shri Pawan Chamling accords high priority to promote sports in the State, particularly amongst youngsters and students.
The Buddha Park also called Tathagata Tsal in Ravangla, South Sikkim is one of the popular pilgrimage sites in Sikkim. The statue of Lord Buddha was established in the year 2006 on the occasion of the 2550th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha. Consecration ceremony of the statue of Lord Buddha at Tathagata Tsal (Buddha Park) was held on March 25, 2013 by His Holiness Dalai Lama.
The Bhaleydhunga Skywalk project at Yangyang village in South Sikkim is all poised to be the world’s highest skywalk at a height of 10,300 ft and will be the 2nd of its kind in Asia and the only one in the Country which will put Sikkim in the forefront of global tourism.
The Foundation Stone of an eco-friendly means of Ropeway transport from Dhapper to Bhaleydhunga hilltop, covering an aerial distance of 2.90 km, including Support Facilities for the Bhaleydhunga Skywalk Project has already been laid and the construction work for the project has commenced.
Foundation stone of the 130 feet tall Chenrezig statue at the Sangha Choeling Monastery in Pelling, West Sikkim was laid on 25th November 2009. The popular Buddhist belief in Sikkim is that an altar is complete only with the presence of idols of Lord Buddha ,Guru Padmasambhava and Chenrezig.In line with this belief,the Chief Minister conceptualized the idea of making Sikkim a “Shingkham”,meaning paradise by constructing the statue of Chenrezig in addition to the statues of Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava. The project is near completion soon.
Ensuring better connectivity between Samdruptse and other tourist spots in Namchi, South Sikkim, an allied facility of Passenger Ropeway is the major attraction for visitors and pilgrims visiting Samdruptse that provides a spectacular aerial view as it plies from Rock Garden to Samdruptse. The ropeway is a monocable fixed grip pulsated one with a total of 12 four-seater cabins.