Standing tall to defend the faith
The five golden feathers that holds the states
The abode of God, a paradise for monks …
Kang (Snow) chen (Big) dzö (Treasury) nga (Five) … An immortal Saint
Until 1852, Kanchenjunga was the highest mountain in the world. Subsequently it was discovered that Mount Everest and K2 are the highest and second highest respectively. As on date Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world and is the highest mountain of India with a height of 8,586 meters of the Kanchenjunga main peak.
It is one of the most difficult climbs in the world. Also one of the Purest Mountain. It can be viewed from Sikkim, Nepal, Darjeeling in West Bengal. The view from the top of Tiger hill, Darjeeling is mesmerizing during sun rise. The reflections of rays on the snow covered mountain peak make it a golden shrine.
Tigerhil can be reached from Darjeeling town in 45 minutes. However being the main attraction for the tourist in Darjeeling it is always advisable to start as early as possible to reach the Top. But all days are not same since the clouds can spoil the view. Better to check the weather in advance before leaving for the Tiger hill. It was a lucky day for me since the evening before there was snowfall at tiger hill and the sky was clear while visiting the Tiger hill.
Few Facts & Tales;
- Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain in India and second highest in Nepal (after Mt. Everest)
- The name Kangchenjunga translates “Five Treasures of Snow,” referring to Kangchenjunga’s five peaks.
- Kangchenjunga was first climbed on 25 May 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of a British expedition. However as per the promise given to the Chogyal that the top of the mountain would remain inviolate, they stopped short of the summit. The tradition continued to respect to the feelings of the people of Sikkim who believe it is a sacred place where the God live
- There are four climbing routes to reach the summit of Kangchenjunga, three of which are in Nepal from the southwest, northwest and northeast, and one from northeastern Sikkim in India.
- A British geological expedition in 1925 spotted a bipedal creature which they asked the locals about, who referred to it as the “Kangchenjunga Demon”.
- The area around Kangchenjunga is said to be home to a mountain deity, called Dzö-nga or “Kangchenjunga Demon“, a type of yeti or rakshasa.
- Pang Lhabsol, a festival commemorating the conservation of Mt. Kanchenjunga as the guardian deity of the state, is unique to Sikkim. It has its origin in the Lepcha people’s belief that the mountain is their place of origin.
- The festival of Pang Lhabsol is held on the 15th day of the seventh month of the Tibetan calendar. A week prior, the lamas of Pemayangtse monastery in west Sikkim, where the festival takes place, offer prayers, invoking Dzonka – the popular local name for Kanchenjunga to protect the land and look after the people.