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Situated at a distance of 17 km from the northern capital of Gangtok, is Kabi Longstok, the quaint little tow considered to be a historical place due to the initiation of the Sikkimese history here in the early 13th century. There is an exquisite Buddhist monastery situated nearby where you can spot kids and the followers of Buddhism studying about religion and its beliefs. Along with this, there is a library and a garden as well where you can discover more about the place and its past. There are life-size statues of Bhutia and Lepcha, who were the blood-brothers, erected near the stone pillar to pay respect. With the wonderful stories that this place holds, Kabi Longstok is surely going to captivate you with its wonderful beauty.
This place has a past associated with it because it was here that a friendship treaty of brotherhood was signed between Khey Bumsa who was a Tibetan chieftain and Tetong Tek who was a Lepcha tribal chief in the 14th century. To mark the event and the location, there is a huge stone pillar situated in the middle of the dense forest where the agreement was signed.
With Kabi Longstok being one of the most popular spots of Gangtok, you are going to come across the Thakurbari temple which was built in the memory of the event. Set in the middle of the forests, Kabi is going to send chills down your spine especially when someone narrates the history of the place. If you are planning a trip to Gangtok, Kabi Town should definitely be on your list of must-visit places.
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