For everyone else, Kabi Lungchok in North Sikkim seems a small insignificant village but Kabi 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.
Places to see at Kabi Lungchok, North Sikkim
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 Kabi Lungchok, North Sikkim
Kabi Lungchok can be visited anytime of the year. However, if you are fond of discovering local culture and traditions then you can visit Kabi Lungchok during the festivals of Sekhiuk Puja and Pang Lhabsol. Every year on the 15th day of the 9th month of Bhutia Calendar, the Puja of Sekhiuk is celebrated at the Kabi Sacred Grove. Prayers are offered to the mighty Mt. Kanchenjungha and the guardian of crops Thekyong Thek and Nyekyong Nyel.
The Pang Lhabsol Festival is celebrated during the 15th day of the 7th month of the Bhutia Calendar to commemorate the historic and sacred Blood Brotherhood Treaty Blood Brotherhood Treaty signed between the Lepchas and Bhutias. Mask dancers depicting all the deities of Sikkim till this day dance to the moves once choreographed by the 3rd king of Sikkim – Chogyal Chakder Namgyal (1700 AD to 1717 AD).
Accommodations at Kabi Lungchok, North Sikkim
A community based tourism project for the village of Kabi was initiated by WWF India, Khangchendzonga Landscape Programme in close collaboration with a local NGO Based in Kabi. At present one homestay has started functioning and five other are coming up. The home stays are equipped with all modern facilities like attached western bathrooms, comfy beds and homely food. Staying in one of these home stays would give you the opportunity to discover the traditions and culture of the villagers.
Check photos of Kabi Homestay Enquiry Form/ Booking Form