The scenic village of Dentam, sitting against the backdrop of Mt. Kanchenjunga in West Sikkim, plays a spectacular host to the famous Rhododendron Festival every year in March. A perfect amalgamation of a spectacular cultural extravaganza blended with unmatched adventure & nature offerings, it certainly makes for an idyllistic festival tour destination for every kind of a traveller, be it a cultural enthusiast, a nature lover, an adventure seeker or a casual holiday maker.
History of the Festival
The festival first started in March 2015 with an aim to create awareness regarding protection and conservation of biodiversity in the region, further promoting tourism to generate employment for the youth thereby, facilitating a sustainable income to the local populace. Since 2015, it is organized every year with the sincere efforts of the Maneybung-Dentam Apex Tourism Development Cooperative Society and needless to say, in a very short period of time, it has gained a tremendous popularity.
Highlights & Important Rituals of the Festival
The Rhododendron Festival provides for a magnificent platform to all cultural enthusiasts gain a profound insight into vibrant Sikkimese culture; folk dance performances, musical concerts, handicraft exhibits, fashion shows, food & drink carnivals and arrangement for the traditional yak rides capture all the attention, keeping both locals and tourists engrossed in the festive mood. The festival offers a wide range of activities for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts too; flora exhibits, nature-walks, trekking, mountaineering, mountain biking, paragliding and wildlife safari & bird watching tours are some of the interesting stuff they always look forward to while gearing up for this annual fair.
Duration of the Festival
The Rhododendron Festival in Maneybung-Dentam constituency is a three day long fiesta and is organized at various locations namely Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Singshore Bridge (the second highest hanging bridge in Asia), Ranidhunga, Uttarey Village, Hee Bermiok (a heritage village) and other prominent locations.