Visiting the Sino-Indian border at Nathula

Nathula located at 14000 feet is one of the three trading border posts between India and China; the other two being Lipulekh in Uttarakhand and Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh. It is on the famous silk route which has been used for trade between India and China, extending to Arabia, southern Europe and Persia, for over…

Local sightseeing of Gangtok on Day 2

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is small hill station located in the lap of the mighty Himalayas. Its favourable weather and pristine natural beauty makes it a top tourist destination in the country. There are some features of Gangtok like its stepped buildings, excellent footpath network, market place, delicious Nepali and Tibetan food and the enchanting…

Baba Mandir: A saga of duty beyond death

Indian Army stands as an epitome of adherence to duties. The story affiliates to a Major of Indian Army who has not been delinquent in his duty to safeguard the Indian border even after his death. As bizarre as it sounds, it is a tale testified and recognized by none less than the Indian army itself….

Rumtek Monastery of Gangtok

Rumtek Monastery is the largest monastery of Sikkim which served as the seat of Karma Kagyu Buddhism. The monastery was originally constructed about 300 years ago but it was not until  Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the 16th Karmapa arrived here and decided to rebuilt it as his seat of power, that it gained preeminence. Ever since, Rumtek monastery…