The Lepchas are still as committed as they’ve ever been to the completion of their Stairway to Heaven reconstruction project in Daramdin, West Sikkim, and its neighboring Lepcha Heritage Center. According to a news story last week, they have been protesting once again the delays in the project—due to corruption they charge. The Stairway to […]

On Tuesday last week, Lepchas celebrated an important festival in numerous villages of Sikkim with dancing, singing by masked performers, and displaying models of their sacred mountain, Tendong. The Northeast Today published an article on Wednesday about the annual festival, called Tendong Lho Rum Faat, as did a number of other websites. In Daramdin, a […]

The Lepchas have a myth that their ancestors tried, and almost succeeded, in building a stairway to Heaven. After the original Lepchas came down off the world’s third highest mountain, their sacred peak Kanchenjunga, and settled in the plains of Daramdin in West Sikkim, they developed the idea of building a massive tower out of […]