Buddha Purnima

Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima is considered as the most sacred day for the Buddhism followers. All the followers of this religion celebrates this day with great enthusiasm and strong respect towards their Lord Buddha. The Buddha Purnima is celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Buddha. It is believed that he gained Nirvana and Parinirvanaon this day. These three facts are making this day auspicious to the followers in present times. As per the Buddhist legend, the day is the birth day of Budha’s wife Yashodhara, his disciple Ananda, the horse Kantaka and his charioteer Channa also. In the Pail language, Buddha Purnima is called as Vesak.

Buddhists devotees mark this day by prayer meets and sermons on the life of Buddha. Group meditation, processions and worshipping is organised too. Several Buddhist pilgrims visits Bodh Gaya where the lord took birth. Devotees wear white clothes and decorates the temple with flowers and flags. Bodhi tree is decorated with garlands and flags. Several Buddhists donates food, money to the poor surrounding the region. Kheer is made with rice, milk, sugar and jaggery.

Nepali is the main language spoken in this region.

Travel Tips

Wear Indian attires preferably in white colour during the festival.

It is a festival of Buddhists. But all region’s people can join this festivity.

The followers’ belief in kindness.

Avoid drinking and smoking.

If possible learn and know more about this occasion from a local resident or people.

Visit Bodh Gaya of India where the Lord was born.

Relish into some Kheer.

Keep the silence of the Gompas and Temples during the visit.

Avoid littering any holy place.

Try to read the history of this religion.

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Things to do

Activities include prayher meets, sermons and relegions discourses, reitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation, processions and workship of the statue of Budhha.

It accompanied by the blowing of horns, beating of drums and burning of incense. Many Buddhists visit temples on Buddha Jayanti to listen to monks give talks and recite anient verses. The statue of Buddha is placed in a basin filled with water and decorated with flowers. 

They ususally dress is pure white. Non-vegetarian food is normally avoided. Kheer a sweet rice porridge is also commonly served to reacall the story of Gautam Buddha.

Getting Around

Most travel in Sikkim is done by bus or jeep on road. Trekking is also polpular option.

Places to Stay

A tiny mountainous state with a small population, Sikkim is fairly close to heaven. It was an independent monarchy till it joined India in 1975.

The hotels has pleasant views, rooms and service. The hotels which are closest to the best parts of Gangtok offers good views and is well located.


How to Reach

  • Bagdogra airport connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati by daily flights.
  • New Jalpaiguri connected to all metros and several other cities including Guwahati.
  • Gangtok is connected to Siliguri by the well-maintained NH31A. For most of the journey, its a picturesque drive along the Teesta Gorge.

Surrounding Attractions

The first thing to do begins after leaving Bagdogra aiport and start the journey in Sikkim. One can see the beautiful river Teesta on your left and the inventive anti-sppeding road signs all over.

On a good day after the monsoons, one an see Kanchenjunga and the rest of the range in all its majestic glory. 

Just above the main town, and a few mintues walk up from the bazaar is the Ridge, a delightful stretch of flat road line with trees. This is a place where everyone local or tourist comes for a stroll.

Enchey monastery is located a 15 minutes walk above the Ridge. Enchey literally means the high strong place, and lives up to its name, perched on upper slopes of the town.

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Sikkim tourism number: 95353-2512646

Army helpline number: 03592-202228