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It is known to one and all that Lord Buddha was a reincarnation of God himself hence people from all over the world have tremendous belief in his teachings and truthfulness. The Lhabab Duchen festival, dedicated to Gautama Buddha is celebrated in Sikkim that marks the arrival of Gautama Buddha second time on earth from heaven. Also, Sikkim is the place where there are several Buddhist monasteries and people have immense faith and respect towards them. Buddhism followers from across the country and the globe arrive in the state to offer prayers and explore the monasteries.  

History of Lhabab Duchen Festival 

Like any other religion Buddhism too had many folklores and stories that are hard to believe but are the only basis of many popular rituals and the only answer that connects many unanswered questions and mysteries. As per the famous folklore, Gautama Buddha ascended to heaven where 33 gods lived which is known as Tryastrimsa at the age of 41 to share his teachings. It is said that Gautama Buddha’s mother Queen Maya also resided there as she got stuck into the circle of life and death when she died after giving birth to Gautama Buddha.  

After spending a few months there and sharing his teachings with his mother and the gods, Gautama Buddha forgot to return to Earth. When he did not return to earth, one of his disciples Maudgalyayana decided to bring him back. Gautama Buddha, after a long debate with his disciple, on a full moon night, agreed to come back. Legends have it that Lord Vishwakarma the chief architect of gods made a ladder for Buddha to return to Earth. This festival marks the arrival of Buddha from heaven to earth for the second time. Today, the festival is celebrated in many Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.   

Places to Visit in Sikkim 

Rumtek Monastery     

Rumtek is one of the largest monasteries of Sikkim that is located at a hilltop. The breathtaking views that surround the monastery and the mystical calm ambiance will definitely be a refreshing escape for you from the hustle-bustle of life. 

Also Read: Celebrated in Garhwal region this festival is all about celebrating the epic story of Ramayana

Kanchenjunga National Park

Apart from being a significant place for Buddhism followers, Sikkim is also admired and loved by nature and wildlife lovers. Sikkim is home to rich biodiversity and many species of flora and fauna. Named after the 3rd highest peak of the world Kanchenjunga, the national park is also a UNESCO world heritage site. 

Pemayangtse Monastery 

Pemayangtse monastery is considered to be one of the oldest in Sikkim. The monastery is dedicated to Padmasambhava, who is a well-known Buddhist Guru of the Indian subcontinent. 

Major Attractions of Lhabab Duchen Festival

All the Buddhists come together in the monasteries on every 22nd day of the 9th month, according to the Tibetan calendar which is October mostly, to celebrate the festival. 

Every year this festival is celebrated with a lot of zeal and fervour by Buddhist Followers. A lot of tourists from across the country especially visit Sikkim to witness the rituals and festivities. Lhabab Duchen festival is a unique way of celebrating the preeminence and paying homage to the Lord.

How to Reach 

Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim and is easily accessible from all parts of the country via rail, road, and air. 

By Road. Tourists who are planning a trip to Sikkim may opt for inter-state tourist buses to reach the state or may drive their personal vehicle to the state. Both ways one has to travel nearly 1,600, 2,400, 750km, and 2,500 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. 

By Rail. New Jalpaiguri is the railway station where one must deboard to explore the beautiful Indian State Sikkim. The station receives trains from the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata anbd Bengaluru. 

By Air. Bagdogra is the nearest airport located at a distance of 150 km. The airport receives flights from all parts of India. From the airport, one may take local transport to reach the desired place in Sikkim. The airport receives direct and connecting flights from all parts of the country hence one may book tickets in advance and also a few days before the trip.   

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