There are two types of places- ones which are always in “the talk” and the others that never make it to it. Yes, I agree that popularity makes a place flourish. But when it comes to planning a vacation to enjoy nature, the sole purpose is to take in its untouched beauty. And we should seek to go to such places.
Unfortunately, such locations are becoming exceptions in India with the growth of commercialization in the tourism business. However, Sikkim is one such exception.
Usually, every vacation has a long a boring travel. But reaching Sikkim is a treat in itself. You land on the Bagdogra airport and then take a car of a helicopter to Gangtok, the capital. So how does reaching a place on a chopper sound to you? I am guessing that makes a pretty impressive start of the vacation.
There are some typical places of sight-seeing which mostly all hill stations have like the sunset points, waterfalls and parks but the raw, unmaintained beauty of nature is what takes your breath away. The Rumtek monastery is another striking place of interest. One look at the magnificent building gives you the jist of the ancient, historic and preserved architecture.
The paintings and carvings in the interiors of the monastery just redefine the word majestic. It is also the perfect place to just sit and relax. Whether you are religious or not, just sitting and meditating here is like dumping all your stress on Aladdin’s magic carpet.
Apart from being all philosophical, there is a lot of scope for entertainment in Sikkim too. The sikkjm handicrafts are to die for and are also affordable due to the innocent and friendly nature of the locals. Fashion enthusiasts should get themselves the local dress called “Bakhu” which is made from the very royal looking brocade fabric.
One should definitely try the traditional food Momos which has been popularized in many parts these days but Sikkim momos have their own charm and authenticity. Totally healthy and mouthwatering, just the smell of the steam coming out from it in the cold weather could get you famished.
And if you are a spice lover then you would find heaven in the dish if you try it with the ‘red chilly chutney’. People who like exploring a little deeper can also try visiting the Nathula Pass which is the China Borderline to get a jist of the geography.
However, it is closed most of the time due to the snowy pathway. The Yak Ride near the famous Tsangpo Lake (pronounced Changu) is also an amazing experience.
But the best thing about Sikkim is the extraordinary view of the Kanchenjunga Mountains. The early morning sunrise or the late dawn sunset, its ravishing look can leave you spellbound. The way that the sun’s rays touch the ice capped mountains, they appear as gold mines floating on clouds.
Sikkim is pure bliss. You find peace in the most genuine form there. So whenever you feel like taking a break from all your truckloads of work, throw your gadgets away and glide away to the land of the hidden paradise.
– Anwesha Rath
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