My Kind of Place: Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Why Gangtok? Wedged between Tibet to the north, Nepal to the west and Bhutan to the east, Sikkim is an isolated little Indian state high in the Himalayas. Until as recently as 1975, it was…


The best of Sikkim in a week

No words said or written about Sikkim do justice to its beautiful landscape. I have never considered myself a ‘mountain person’. My idea of vacationing is sitting on a sandy beach and sipping margaritas. Well, that…


Top 10 travel experiences in Sikkim

One of the Himalaya’s best-kept travel secrets, Sikkim is a welcome diversion from all conventional notions of an Indian holiday. Far from Rajasthan’s royal trail, Goa’s beaches and Kerala’s backwaters, this tiny Indian hill state…


Himalayan Beauty in Sikkim

When to Go Most travelers will want to avoid the torrents of monsoon season (June to mid-September) in favor of shoulder season: hundreds of orchids bloom in March and April, and from late September through…


World’s Most Scenic Train Rides

Technicolor greens, brilliant saris, ancient temples: these are my clearest memories of riding India’s South Eastern Railway many years ago. I still recall the rickshaws and rivers full of locals bathing, as the tropical landscape…


All the Tea in Darjeeling

I traveled to Darjeeling, in northeastern India, to smell tea leaves. Seriously. But I went with Steve Smith, the CEO of Tazo Tea. Smith’s mission in life is to find the most succulent leaf, from…


Bengali serial unit shoots in Kalimpong

Persuaded by several people that the Hills were limping back to normalcy, the unit of Bengali serial ‘Kusum Dola’ took a chance and landed in Kalimpong. The risk seemed to pay off, at least on…