The Sikkimese end-of-harvest festival is a major period of merrymaking and archery competitions, but the most notable attraction for visitors takes place two days before, when 'Black Hat' chaam dances are performed …
Impressive chaam dances celebrating Tibetan New Year culminate with the unfurling of a huge gyoku (giant embroidered cloth painting) and the zapping of evil demons with a great fireball at Pemayangtse Gompa.
This week-long festival is held at the Old Ralang Gompa monastery, usually in December (culminating on the 28th and 29th days of the 10th Tibetan month), with two days of dances featuring spooky effigies that remain…
The Tibetan New Year is preceded by chaam dances, notably the Gutor chaam at Rumtek Gompa.
Chaam dances at Enchey Gompa.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. Two days before the main holiday, don't be surprised to see dogs wearing floral necklaces. Much is closed and transport is reduced for a couple of days while locals spend the …
On the 15th day of the first Tibetan month, pilgrims flood to the Tashiding Gompa as lamas open a container (bum) of holy water (chu) to foretell the year’s fortunes.
Revived in the 1980s, this festival offers prayers and religious dances in honour of Sikkim’s guardian deity, Khangchendzonga, at the Mane Choekhorling Gompa.
On the full moon of Saga Dawa, the fourth Tibetan month, Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death are commemorated with religious ceremonies, dances and parades in Sikkim's monastery towns.
Classic religious dance performance at Rumtek and Old Ralang Monasteries.