Namchi is located at an altitude of 5500 feet above sea level. It is located 78 km from the state capital, Gangtok, and 100 km from the nearby Railhead and Airport, Siliguri. Namchi is well connected with Sikkim and other towns in West Bengal. Jeeps and buses ply regularly from Namchi to Gangtok, Pelling, Jorethang, Kalimpong and Siliguri.
Namchi is fast becoming a tourist destination and pilgrimage site. The world’s largest Buddhist statue of Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, is located on the Samdruptis hill (The Wish Filling Hill) in front of Namchi, the patron saint of Sikkim. It was completed in February 2004. It is also said that Samadrupts hill is actually a dormant volcano. Superstitions say that Buddhist monks are going to the top of the hill and praying to keep the volcano calm. There is also a rock garden a few kilometers from the town on the way to Samadrupts. The area has views of Mount Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world.