Tourism Festivals of Sikkim

Tourism Festivals of Sikkim
Spring flowers make walking along MG Marg in Gangtok a delight, Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Apart from the traditional festivals, you will also find Sikkim celebrating festivals highlighting its natural beauty, culture and lifestyle

Uttara Gangopadhyay
May 15 , 2021
08 Min Read

The tourism department of Sikkim and other regional bodies organise various festivals from time to time to showcase the natural beauty, its culture, food and lifestyle. Many of the festivals are organised in lesser known destinations so that travellers get an opportunity to visit these areas.

(Note: These festivals are dependent on local weather and other conditions. Hence check with Sikkim Tourism offices for exact date and time before planning)

International Flower Festival, Gangtok

One of the most popular festivals of Sikkim, the flower festival held at the White Hall complex in Gangtok has attained international status. Held at a time when Spring sets in, Orchids are one of the biggest attractions of this festival apart from displays of alpine flowers, ferns and bamboos. The glass house in the Flower Exhibition Centre hosts a flower show. Kiosks selling local food also line up the area.

When and where: March-April, Gangtok

 
 
 
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Sikkim Red Panda Festival

Named after the state animal of Sikkim, the festival highlights the key aspects of the state. From its natural bounty to culture, food to sports, handloom to handicrafts, and more. Highlights include Carnival Parade, fashion shows, art and photo exhibitions, folk and popular music, folk dances, food festivals, exhibition and sale of organic products, etc.

When and where: December, Gangtok

Namchi Mahotsav

This festival is usually hosted in October, when the rains recede and the sky turns blue. Cultural performances, including traditional dances by local artists, sale of handloom and handicrafts, sports tournaments, flower shows, are some of the highlights of this three-day festival.

When and where: October, Namchi Central Park

 
 
 
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Ravangla Festival

Themed on Discover Rabong, this five day festival “Rabong Discovered” is held in Ravangla village of south Sikkim. Apart from sale of handicrafts of Sikkim as well as from other north-eastern states of India and the neighbouring country of Bhutan, there are cultural programmes, fashion shows, sporting events, etc. Visitors can also avail package tours to nearby destinations.

When and where: April, Cho Zo lake, Ravangla

 
 
 
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Lampokhari Tourism Festival

Said to be one of the oldest natural lakes in Sikkim, Lampokhari (‘pokhari’ means Lake) is located in Aritar village. The lake is surrounded by verdant hills. A paved pathway encircles the lake. The festival is usually organised during the time of Ram Navami. Popular activities during the festival include boating in the lake, horse riding, archery competitions and short treks arranged in the surrounding hills. Rock climbing and paragliding may also be arranged. Cultural festivals and food festivals are also organised.

When and where: March/April, Aritar

 
 
 
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Mangan Music Festival

The district headquarters of north Sikkim, Mangan is a popular stop on the way to Lachung and Lachen valleys. The music festival is organised in winter to attract travellers to the region. Musical performances are the mainstay of the three day festival while local people set up kiosks selling local handicrafts and food.

When and where: December, Mangan

Kanchendzonga Tourism Festival

This winter festival organised in Pelling, west Sikkim, focuses mainly on adventure sports, such as trekking, mountain biking, white water rafting on the Rangit, etc. Traditional sports, such as archery, may also be organised. You can also go on bird watching trips in the countryside. Flower exhibitions, kiosks selling food and handicrafts are also organised.

When and where: December, Pelling

 
 
 
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Hee-Bermiok Heritage & Tourism Festival

Tucked inside a picturesque corner of west Sikkim, Hee Bermiok is a tiny hamlet. The festival is organised by the Hee-Bermiok Tourism Development Cultural and Heritage Conservation Society. Visitors can camp at Gufa Dara. Apart from traditional cultural programmes, you may also sample local cuisine, including brews.

When and where: May, Hee-Bermiok village

 
 
 
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