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Sikkim Travel Adventures: Secret Treasures in a Lost Kingdom.

My Sikkim travel adventures in North and West Sikkim, exploring secret treasures in the last kingdom to be annexed to India in 1975. On a late evening, we sat on a steep cliff, drinking the local Sikkimese Beer. Sparse villages and farms lay scattered in the valley below. The River Teesta roared along intensely. The mountains echoed with hypnotic chants from a nearby monastery. We were lost in our thoughts, when the mist slowly rose, and revealed to us in all its snow-capped glory, the mighty Mount Kanchendzonga. Also read: Eat, Pray, Love in Gangtok Places like these can’t be found on a map in Sikkim. Trying to find my footing down a path of lose pebbles, I had asked two school kids where our path would take us. They enthusiastically decided to lead the way in a direction where the coarse mountain paths turned into a bed of flowers, with bright red rhododendrons blooming along the slopes.  The path culminated in a cliff, from where we would get our first glimpse in two weeks, of the spectacular snow-clad Himalayas! Also read: Hiking from Darjeeling to Sikkim We spent …

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Gangtok Travel Guide: Eat, Pray, Love in Sikkim.

Beyond popular things to do in Gangtok, discover local food, meaningful experiences and unique places to stay in my Gangtok travel guide. Some connections are just meant to be. Like Gangtok and me. At first glance, the city feels like any other hill station. But delve deeper and you get a wistful peek into an India that could have been. Flanked by the majestic Himalayas, the first thing that strikes you is the city’s cleanliness. No litter, no noise and no pollution – rules that locals strictly abide by. Traditional monasteries stand in perfect harmony with the city’s evolving cafe culture. And the laid-back vibe of the locals slowly rubs off on you. The plan was to transit through Gangtok on our way to North Sikkim. But plans have a way of changing themselves, and I ended up staying for a week (Read: Looking Back: My Worst Travel Memories). Unexpectedly enough, Gangtok helped me heal, both physically and mentally. If you plan to visit, stay a while, take my Gangtok travel guide, and let the city work its charm on you too: GANGTOK TRAVEL GUIDE: …

Hiking from Darjeeling to Sikkim: A Visual Journey!

Travelling from Darjeeling to Sikkim? On one crazy adventure, I ditched the bus and taxi, and hiked across the border through tea estates, forests and remote villages instead! We impulsively decided to venture into the remote north-eastern Himalayas of India. At an organic tea farm an hour’s ride from Darjeeling, sipped the finest hand-rolled tea. Drank the local thomba brewed from fermented millets on chilly nights. Got a first hand perspective on the separatist Gorkhaland movement. And reminisced with the hill folk about the times gone by. Then we hiked in the mountains, through dense forests, past charming hill villages, along tea estates that dotted the landscape, barefoot across the Rangeet River… to cross the border into Sikkim! Behold, a visual journey of hiking from Darjeeling to Sikkim: STARTING THE WALK ALONG THE TEA ESTATES OF DARJEELING organized by my hosts at Tathgata Farm. Carpets of green stretched into the horizon, as far as the eyes could see. FOLLOWING TEA PLUCKERS AS THEY START THEIR DAY  plucking the finest tea in India with their nimble fingers. PASSING BY CHARMING HILL VILLAGES ON THE HIKE FROM …