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Sikkim Travelog – Part 8

Tweet“What’s the thing you remember the most about this trip?” we asked our 5-year old. “Mickey and Rosie!” she squealed happily. Mickey and Rosie were the 2 Samoyed dogs that belonged to the Pandim Hotel. They resembled polar bears both in color and size. They were so adorable and cuddly, that our daughter wanted to […]

Sikkim Travelog – Part 7

TweetBack in Gangtok, Sukumar had a chance to taste the local tipple called “Tongba” – a fermented millet drink. A fierce South Indian, I never let anything but kaapi pass through my lips. Tongba was served in a unique bamboo stein with a bamboo straw. It tasted like an eclectic mix of beers and wines. […]

Sikkim Travelog – Part 6

TweetWherever we went in Sikkim – one thing was a constant – the Indian Army. You could be excused for thinking the country was at war. While tourists moan and groan about the weather and high altitude, the soldiers of the Indian Army brave the harsh weather conditions to keep us safe. The Army helps […]

Sikkim Travelog – Part 5

TweetThe Hotel Manager at Lachen turned out to be a very articulate young man. He was a social sciences teacher at the local school and he was simply helping his cousin run the hotel. “My cousin’s busy campaigning for the upcoming Assembly elections” he said. Eh, what? “So does your cousin belong to SDF (Sikkim’s […]

Sikkim Travelog – Part 4

TweetMG Marg in Gangtok is a pedestrian-only shopping street. Our guide told us that it was the brainchild of Sikkim’s Chief Minister Pawan Chamling. It is said that he was inspired by his visit to Switzerland. There were widespread protests by the shopkeepers on MG Marg against the pedestrian-only concept. But the CM went right […]