State of Sikkim Off The Beaten Path

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State of Sikkim Off The Beaten Path

  • Flowers of North Sikkim-IV

    Still not satisfied? What do I do, Sikkim is so beautiful. Well Ihave captured more more more...... Please bear with me, I guarantee, you will not be dis appointed!!!! Please carry on viewing, my tips are like this only.

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  • Flowers of North Sikkim-I

    If one is visiting North Sikkim, how can one miss the famous flowers of North Sikkim? I too did not miss those famous flowers. Though I am not a student of Botanybut I do like flowers and nature. North Sikkim is famous for Rododendrons and varieties of Orchids. I am told there are about 86 or 87 varieties of Orchid found there in North Sikkim and...

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  • Phensang Monastery

    On the way back from Phodang to Gangtok, we visited the Phensang Monastery.Phensang is one of the four monasteries constructed in 18th century by th 4th Chogyal of Sikkim to establish the Kargyuadpa sect in Sikkim.During our visit all the monks where to the festivities of the new year, so the doors were closed.As of all the monasteries the...

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  • Labrang Monastery

    Labrang is far away from traffic and other noice. A real quiet place. We enjoyed to be there for a while. Due to the Tibetan New Year there were no monks around. The building of Labrang has an unusual form of an octagon.Outside the monastery we saw lines of many white prayer flags.

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  • Country house near Labrang

    On our walk from Phodang to Labrang we saw this lonely typical country house in the middle of nature, far away from the highroad.The inhabitants were a bit surprised to see us on the path, came to their verandah to wave at us.

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  • Walk from Phodang to Labrang.

    From the Phodang monastery to the Labrang monastery is a 4KM walk up along a dirt road.During our visit it was a little bit rainy and hazy, but nevertheless it was a nice walk with good views.The scenery with abundant green was beautiful.

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  • Trip to the north, view at the river

    The trip to the north really felt like ''off the beaten track''.The landscape was rather rough, but breathtaking. From the long amazing suspension bridges we had nice views at the rivers.

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  • Phodang, guardian of the universe.

    In the vestibule of Phodang are four guardians of the universe.Look at the colour of the dress:white is from the east,yelllow is from the south,red is from the west and green is from the north.

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  • Phodang Monastery

    The Phodang Monastery is ca 40 KMs north of Gangtok. (one and a half hour drive).This monastery, built in 1740, was Sikkim's leading Kargyudpa centre till Rumtek claimed this in th 1960s.The vestibule has as all traditional Sikkimise paintings of the four buddhist guardians of the universe.When we visited the monastery, it was closed, because all...

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  • Trip to the north of Sikkim

    In Gangtok we hire a car with driver for a one-day trip to the north of Gangtok for a visit to the hill-side monasteries of Phodang, Labrang and Phensang.The scenery with forest on the steep slopes, crossing rivers at long suspensing bridges, the views... everything was marvellous.The driver didn't know the places very well, so with the map we had...

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  • A Nepalese Cultural dance

    A Nepalese cultural dance with the village headman as drummer and the villagers form the chorus for song J The vases of flowers (marigolds) were not moved or touched throughout the dances.

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  • Lepcha Cultural dance

    At the village in KEHDI, not only were we treated to millet wine and food, but we were treated to a lepcha cultural dance put up specially for our visit !, by the local girls. We were truly flattered.

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  • I fell in love with nature over & over...

    This was from the bridge turn off that takes you from Bagdogra to Gangtok. We were standing just above Melli Bazaar. 'above" meaning being on mountain roads nothing is on a flat plain. The first village from this point was Kalimpong, about 15 Km away.

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  • A botanist's delight

    If you appreciate plants and flowers and I'm still learning :) you will love exploring Sikkim.it's truly a flora and fauna haven.

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State of Sikkim Hotels

  • Hotel Sonam Delek

    Truly terrible hotel, Manager Mr. Krishna was totally unfriendly and non-cooperative. No staff...

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  • Norkhill Hotel

    Gangtok was overflowing with travelers during the peak festive holiday season in October 2006. My...

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  • Hotel Delamere

    I did not stay at this hotel but I did visit this hotel to build this review. This is one hotel very...

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  • The Oriental

    It is a very cozy hotel on the main road called M G Road.. The hotel is relatively new with lovely...

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  • Hotel Rendezvous

    This is the hotel where I stayed this time. This is newly built hotel and surely one of the better...

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  • The Royal Plaza

    The Royal Plaza is undoubtedly the best hotel in Gangtok or in entire Sikkim, where as The Royal...

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  • Hotel Tashi Delek

    Tashi Delek means - Good Fortune! The Sikkimese people toast on these words and wish someone well...

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  • Hotel Bayul

    This is the main hotel of the branch of Hotel Bayul in Lachen. Lachen hotel is the branch of Hotel...

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  • New Castle Hotel

    We made a change to our itinerary and ended up in Gangtok without a hotel reservation. After a long...

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