Kabi Lungchok, North Sikkim
Kabi Lungchok in North Sikkim has a very significant place in the history of Sikkim because this is where the 'blood brotherhood treaty' was signed between the Lepcha Chief and Bhutia King in the 13th Century and the first steps towards forming the state of Sikkim was initiated. The Sacred Grove where the treaty was signed stretches roughly over 3 km from the highway towards Mangan to the River Bakcha.
Mt. Kangchenjungha, was held as witness to the treaty wherein the two tribes proclaimed to remain as blood brothers. The place where the treaty was signed can still be visited in the forests of Kabi. The Sacred Grove of Kabi where the treaty was signed is marked by some beautiful statues. The tranquility within the forests and the sanctity of the place would help to discover your inner peace. Some of the most notable sightseeing options from Kabi Lungchok are Phodong Monastery, Phensang Monastery, Seven Sisters Waterfalls and the sacred Tingchim Lake.
The forests of Kabi are also famous for its varied flora and fauna. More than 22 species of commonly abundant tree species make home to thousands of birds here. Kabi is a heaven for bird watchers and you can take to the forest trails with our local guides to discover the hidden caves, springs and abundance of bird life. Apart from the Sacred Grove, ancient caves of the Lepcha Chief Thekyoung Thek are also located within the vicinity of the village, which are sites of reverence and religious significance. Trails leading from Kabi to the Zekthang Valley are also being explored by the guests. A few peaceful moments in Kabi Lungchok monastery and spending some time in silence and solitude facing Mt. Narimchi would yield some of the most beautiful moments of your life.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Anytime of the year except the rainy season would be best time to visit this place. March to June is definitely the best time to indulge in exciting things like sightseeing, trekking and several other outdoor activities. However if you want to experience the chills of winter then anytime between October to March is the best time.
HOW TO GET THERE
Airways: The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, West Bengal about 5 hrs drive from Gangtok, and about 141 km from Kabi Lungchok. Sikkim also has got its first commercial airport at Pakyong, East Sikkim but weather hampers the operation of this airport most of the time. If you are lucky enough you can get a flight directly to Pakyong.
Railways: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in West Bengal which is about 137 km from Kabi Lungchok.
Roadways: Kabi Lungchok is about 19 km from Gangtok, the capital city. You can book a taxi from Gangtok to reach the place.