Sikkim

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…


Six way to stay in Gangtok

When in the capital of Sikkim, choose from family-run hotels, palace hotels and hotels with great views of the Kanchendzonga and Gangtok valley! Mid-range: Hidden Forest Retreat Set in three acres of what is virtually…


Elgin boutique hotel in city

Elgin Hotels & Resorts, owner of the eponymous chain of heritage properties in north Bengal and Sikkim, has decided to come up with a boutique property in Calcutta. The company has chalked out a plan…


Pelling at heartstrings

Dense fog surrounds us as we wend our way from Gangtok to Pelling in West Sikkim. Longfu, the genial local who has been chauffeuring us for a week now across this mystical landscape, appears unperturbed…


On the road to Kanchenjunga

Sikkim, we were told, was a fairy-tale kind of place. Known for its isolation, its mystical monasteries, its princesses and chogyals and Himalayan people estranged from modern life, this tiny thumbprint of a state was…


Gangtok: Where live the monks

Cushioned by the foothills of the Himalayas, bare and non- pretentious, Gangtok comes across as a town content to be itself. Tourism is the lifeline of the town that lies on a hill- side by…