View of Gangtok City from Lal Bazaar rooftop
Gangtok is arguably the most tourist-friendly place in the Northeast. It is inhabited mostly by communities like the Nepalis, the Lepchas, the Bhutias and the Tibetans. This blending of various people and their cultures has made Gangtok more colourful and its people more tolerant to outsiders. My first impression of …Continue Reading →
Enchey monastery at Gangtok belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajyarana Buddhism
The dominant religion in Sikkim is Buddhism, and the culture reflects that facet. Monasteries here are not just beautiful but serene as well. In Gangtok, monasteries are an important part of the culture and a big tourist attraction.   Some important monasteries in Gangtok are:     Enchey Monastery The …Continue Reading →
A road leading towards the coronation throne at Yuksom
Yuksom was the first capital of Sikkim Kingdom and is literally translated as ‘meeting place of the three learned monks’. The trinity lamas came all the way from Kham district in Tibet to propagate Buddhism to the original inhabitants especially the Lepchas. They met. Tibet has great influence in Sikkim. …Continue Reading →
Yuksom was the first capital of Sikkim Kingdom
Yuksom is the last town to the northwest of Sikkim and falls under the Geyzing subdivision. It is also the beginning of the popular Kanchendzonga trekking trail. Further, it was the first capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim. Yukom is an ultimate tourist destination, mostly visited by trekkers and avid …Continue Reading →
Main Pemayangtse Monastery building
Pemayangtse Monastery is on a hilltop overlooking the Rebdentse ruins. It is built on the highest hill in the surrounding areas; it stood out like a castle. Like most monasteries, it is surrounded by natural beauty. The main monastery is open for visitors. Wooden steps leads up to the rooms …Continue Reading →
Rebdentse the second capital of Sikkim kingdom near Geyzing
Rebdentse was the second capital of Sikkim kingdom from 1670 to 1814. Perched on a hilltop, it resembled the ruins of Machu Picchu. I was amazed that I had not heard a thing about this place. It was the sweetest surprise on my trip to Sikkim. Reading up on the …Continue Reading →
A waterfall near Kheocheopalri Village
My host, a young Bhutia, had a sick mother. She was so unwell that I saw her face just once in my two-day stay at their house. There was no hospital or clinic for at least 34 km and so they decided to keep her at home. She was put …Continue Reading →
View of Kanchendzonga mountains from Garuda Hotel rooftop at Pelling Town
The charm of travelling in Sikkim is that as soon as you are out of the city or town you are in the lap of nature. The beauty of Sikkim looks effortless. The state is richly blessed with natural beauty. During the 6 hours of journey from Gangtok to Pelling, …Continue Reading →
Khecheopalri Lake looks like a foot print from top
Khecheopalri lake is considered as a sacred site of pilgrimage by the Buddhists. The lake is 34 km from Pelling town. Khecheopalri is most importantly a pilgrimage site but it is soon becoming a well-known tourist destination. It is no doubt one of the most beautiful natural lakes I have …Continue Reading →
Khecheopalri Village early in the morning
Sometimes on your travels, you end up in some strange place which you thought existed only in your dreams. Most times, such moments happened rather accidentally. You didn’t plan it. Everything falls into place as if it were controlled by some strange force. I have had very few such experiences. …Continue Reading →