Sikkim….nature’s blockbuster

Gangtok Sikkim…. a combination of Limbu words: su, which means “new”, and khyim, which means “palace” in reference to the palace built by the state’s first ruler, Phuntsog Namgyal. To a Tibetan, Sikkim is  ‘Drenjong‘ or “valley of rice” while the Bhutia call it ‘Beyul Demazong‘ or ‘the hidden valley of rice“. The Lepcha, the original inhabitants…

Sikkim Odyssey 2–Nathu La…..The Pass That Wasn’t There

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 China war etc.  Nathu La, about 52 kms away from Gangtok the capital of Sikkim State, is the official border check post between China/Tibet and India and a reminder of…

Sikkim Odyssey 1….Rumtek Monastery

The 45 minute drive from Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, to Rumtek Monastery, 4900 ft above sea level and 24 km from Gangtok, is ideally a natural delight of lush green hilly terrain and misty mountains, hillside villages, terraced fields, sheer valleys, gurgling streams and waterfalls but the bumpy scratchy road (under repairs due to constant landslides…

City Walks…..

Two events marked this weekend….First, I finally made the blog personal…http://travtrails.com and second was a short walk before bidding adieu to Toronto. I decided to visit Islington Mural Village, inspired by post on the  murals by Jackie in http://junkboattravels.blogspot.ca (detailed description) and I am glad I did. I mapped my route and after one and half hour journey…