Author: travtrails

Reporter/researcher/ feature writer/content writer/blogger/...the journey continues looking for the unusual and quirky., the realistic and make-believe. Travel writing happened by chance and now it is knowledge with enjoyment and learning... to know people, places, pastimes and pleasures 2020 was a breather we needed to recoup, rejuvenate and re-step for a sustainable travel agenda moving on to 2021 and hopefully to a better world. The travel bus is still stalled but stay tuned in for virtual journeys.

Sikkim….Rumtek Monastery

Continuing with my Sikkim journey: No trip to Sikkim is complete without visiting Buddhist Monastries, there are supposedly 200 of them, enveloping the state in an aura of mysticism and religiosity. The vibrant, aesthetically crafted Tibetan-Buddhist Rumtek Monastery is on our map of architectural wonders of Sikkim. Rumtek, nestled on the hills opposite Gangtok, stands…

Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump…..It’s a wonderful world

Re-posting our mini adventure for Lens-Artists Challenge #153: It’s a wonderful world Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump…. for a minute you wonder who is smashing whose head and that too over jumping Buffalo or Bison and then you realize that this is one of the ‘world’s oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jumps’. It is not literally a…

Nathu La Pass…..Whispering Boulders

Continuing my Sikkim trip:…Two days of immersing in Sikkimese culture and lore we were on way to Nathu La, a Pass that unintentionally manipulates emotions to jingoistic levels. Gangtok: A sure way to get the patriotic adrenalin overflowing in any Indian’s vein is to mention China and Pakistan vis-a-via sports, trade, cricket, the 1962 Indo…

Sikkim…. Nature’s Blockbuster

Sweet dreams are made of thisWho am I to disagree?I’ve traveled the world and the seven seasEverybody’s lookin’ for something. (Eurythmics..1983) Smile of Nature: Sometimes life takes you on unexpected paths, to destinations that serendipitously pop up when least expected. One such place was Sikkim, a state that somehow remained out of ambit for far…