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April 12th 2007
Published: August 12th 2007
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Sikkim has lots of things; it has lots of Gompa's (Buddhist monastery), lots of taxi's, lots of mountains, lots of nice and relaxed people and lots of rain at the moment... What it doesn't have much of is pollution, thanks to a government which prides itself on being the most eco friendly in India, neither is there much hassle... In fact this is not India, politically yes, but in everything else n... Read Full Entry



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Dubdi Gompa outside Yuksom, Sikkim's oldest Gompa
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Inside Dubdi Gompa
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Kathak Lake in Yuksom
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Coronation Throne of the first King of Sikkim in Yuksom
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Beautiful Chorten in Yuksom
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Waterfall along the way between Yuksom and Tashiding
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View of Tashiding, with Tashiding Gompa on the top of the hill
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Windpowered prayer wheels for the lazy Buddhist!
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Facade of one of the Gompa's in the Tashiding Complex
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Nicely carved window frames
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Chortens at the back of the Gompa, including Thong-Wa-Rang-Dol Chorten, said to wash away your sin just by gazing at it
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Prayer flags amid Chortens
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Festival in Ravangla
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This is serious!
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Dancers watching the dances
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Performing dances from the different regions in Sikkim and from the other North Eastern States
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And they keep on dancing
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A last view on Khangchendzonga



16th February 2008

Hello!???
What are you talking about??? Sikkim is a part of India and parts of the culture are similiar to those in West Bengal (e.g. lunghis, buddism, dance etc). This IS India! MARVELLOUS, DIVERSE INDIA!
2nd April 2008

don't bother
Don't bother commenting on India if you have no knowledge of the country the northern plains are not the only India, its not India's fault that the western media has such skewed view of India, and by the way Sikkim is 60% Hindu. The Tai-Ahom culture of Assam and the far eastern Manipuri cultures are probably the best preserved hindu cultures ther are, and all of India is not Hindu either. There are Christian, Buddhist, Sikh and Muslim majority regions and all kinds of racial stock. But for someone with the Euro world view of countries carved out of districts, India and its harmonious existence despite incredible diversity is something from another world.

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