Namchi is situated at an altitude of 1,675 m (5,500 ft) above sea level. It is situated at a distance of 92 kms from the state capital Gangtok and 90 kms from the town of Siliguri, the nearest railhead and airport. Namchi commands panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and vast stretches of valley. It is also headquarters of South Sikkim district. The area is fast growing into a tourist destination with its enormous potential for all round tourist activities.
Namchi is fast becoming a major tourist spot and pilgrimage centre. The Namchi Monastery, Ralong Monastery and Tendong Hill are important Buddhist pilgrimage centres.