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Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok January 19th 2010

Geo: 27.3292, 88.6169The Tibetan culture is strong in Sikkim, the people here live a more slower life to that of the bustling cities of India. The locals cast the traditional Saree's away for a more western and labeled look. Nestled among the steep and green hills of Sikkim lies the "Capital" Gangtok.After taking a bumpy and squished in five hour shared jeep ride we finally arrived into Gangtok, though it was dark. It was a tad warmer than Darjeeling but it is at a lower altitude.We nestled into the New Modern Central Lodge at a cheap price but the room we got was along a main road so there was a lot of noise, especially the car horns.After an early rise from the noise Irma and myself finally got our act together for some breakfast. We ... read more
Myself and Irma
Sikkim Landscape
Welcome

Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok May 15th 2009

Today is my last day at the Taktse International School, a community that in some ways feels so familiar to schools at home, it's hard to believe the distance that separates this place from home, until I look out the library window at a 15,000 foot mountain range. A school in its infancy, Taktse began four years ago as this quiet state of Sikkim became inundated with factories and controversial hydroelectric projects. As peaceful as this land is, it has not supplied an education to locals adequate enough to stand up to these external forces. More, little job training is available to supply inhabitants with the skills to compete for employment, locally and beyond; the majority of positions these large scale projects create are given to people outside the community. A school of 150 students ranging ... read more
Saloni, grade 3
3rd grade post office
4th Grade

Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok May 6th 2009

I'm now writing from Sikkim, India! I came here yesterday, leaving the house at 7:30 and taking a cab to the airport. I packed my bags that morning, I'm getting good at doing it quickly, keeping all "vital" items in my day pack, i.e., those items that cannot be replaced if lost/stolen - these included wallet, all electronics and my Red Sox baseball cap. The domestic section of the airport is really just one large concrete room, with various counters set up and some chairs for waiting. When you first enter, your bags are x-rayed, you go through a metal detector and are given the world's gentlest pat-down (by gender specific officers). The checking in process is actually incredibly well-organized. Your ticket tells you what time to arrive at the airport, and at that time ... read more

Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok April 28th 2009

The main idea haiku Up in the mountains The air's cool as am I but Hurting after hike For those with a little more time: I hope this finds you well. Today marks two full weeks on the other side of the world. My guidebook has been temporarily shelved and my belongings have slowly strewn themselves across the floor of my temporary residence, the Chan Bari Guest House, in the small city of Gangtok, in the state of Sikkim, a forgotten part of the world wedged between India and China. Sikkim, an independent nation until 1975, still requires its own visa to enter, and has retained some of its autonomy, both politically and spiritually, from the time before pressure from the west and north required the land to seek protection from India. So isolated is it ... read more
The view from the road
Buddhist prayer flags
Not something you see everyday

Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok April 10th 2009

IRGENDWIE HABEN WIR immer wieder glueck, sei es dass wir aus unangenehmen situationen abhauen koennen oder wir kommen wieder mal zufaellig an orten vorbei, wo wir seltene feiern oder zeremonien beobachten koennen! SO WIE HIER IN SIKKIM, genauer gesagt in ravangla! beim vorherigen aufenthalt haben wir erfahren, dass es zu einem grossen moment fuer die hiesige monastry & fuer ganz sikkim kommen wird! die karma thekcheling monastry wurde ja soeben fertiggestellt und in der umgebung wird gerade an der groessten buddhastatue (60m hoch!) dem sakyamuniprojekt (http://www.sakyamuniproject.com/main.htm) eifrig gebaut! nun haben die sikkimesen die thai gebeten, ob diese nicht bereit waeren, relikte von buddha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relic#Buddhist_relics) zu spenden, welche unter der buddhastatue in einem schrein aufbewahrt werden sollen! fuer ein buddhistisches kloster ein unermessliche... read more
Ravangla
Ravangla
Ravangla

Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok April 4th 2009

Sikkim was probably worth a lot more time than we gave the place. It wasn't on our original list probably being knocked off because it needed a special permit, is a bit out of the way and seemed really all about temples and gompas - which don't really hold that much of an attraction for some of us. There are some excellent looking treks that leave from here and it would have been nice to try one but, no time this time. So, to make up a little for not spending enough time I decided not to roll this into the West Bengal post and give Sikkim one on its own. We received differing views on Sikkim and its capital, Gangtok. Some said it was worth going to and others told us that we wouldn't enjoy ... read more
Triumph of Positive Thinking
Views
Gangtoc

Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok January 1st 2009

TAMANG MY COMMUNITY The Tamang is the community which I belong to. Most of the people don’t know about the Tamangs in our country, but they are very much existing in North-Eastern part of India. As, I belong to Tamang community, it made me to find about my community. Some kind of curiosity was there to get the proper information related to my community. I am very much keen to find out who are Tamangs? From where they migrated, what are their origins and many more? I tried to find it out and I got some answer of my questions. Now, I am very keen to share with you all. May be I am wrong in many way but what I got after my search I am sharing with you all. If you think some of ... read more

Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok December 27th 2008

Sikkim is a small hilly state, bounded by vast stretches of Tibetan Plateau in the North, the adjoining area is called the Chumbi Valley of Tibet. It is bound by the Kingdom of Bhutan in the East, the newly formed Democratic Republic of Nepal in the West. Its accessibility is through the Siliguri corridor (also called the ‘Chicken neck area’) via Darjeeling (West Bengal) in the South. The State is stretched over 112 Kms. from North to South, and 64 Kms. from East to West. Nearest airport is Bagdogra which is about 125 Kms. from Gangtok, it takes about 4½ hours drive to reach there. The closest Railway Station for Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri which is again at a distance of around 124 Kms. and it takes around 4½ hours drive to reach Gangtok. Gangtok is ... read more
Gangtok
Rumtek Monastery
Jwaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok May 31st 2008

I just got back from my trip to North Sikkim, it was great. North Sikkim is an amazingly beautiful place which is still mostly untouched by extreme population or development. The only think I didn't like about the journey was the extreme amounts of time in the jeep. Especially the ride back, I think our driver was in a hurry and was going a little too fast to be remotely comfortable because the roads are bad enough to throw you around in your seat if the driver goes too fast. But it was a beautiful country, waterfalls everywhere you look and green as far as you can see, and the rivers were all a brilliant shade of turquoise (maybe something to do with the glaciers, not sure though). Oh, in regards to one of my previous ... read more
One of the thousands of waterfalls in North Sikkim
Prayer Wheels
Tomba!

Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok May 27th 2008

We arrived in Gangtok yesterday where I could finally get some more money changed, I had to borrow a bit in Pelling as there was no money changer. Its a much larger city here, pretty touristy but not bad, the weather is a little better, I saw some snow covered peaks today, I guess the Kanchendzonga range, which I think is the same thing as Kanchenjunga but maybe in a different language? I dunno though. Pelling was nice, a good challenging trek to the Lake and then to another little town near there. The second day reminded me of Mt. Mitchell because it was so steep, I think maybe more steep than that trail but much shorter, probably climbed at least 2000 ft though. It was a little rough because the first day we got caught ... read more




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