Sikkim: Home to mountains and monks

Sikkim: Home to mountains and monks

Sikkim's list of attractions runs from tropical to alpine, from monasteries to markets. Here's a collage of the best things to do and places to see in this fascinating state. Text and photographs by Precious Kamei

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Buddhist prayer wheels adorn the streets of Sikkim
An old monk with his prayer beads
Lunch hour in monastery
Young monks play hide and seek as they gather for lunch
The confident one: a very young monk returning from his classes, Rumtek Monastery
The intricately painted facade of the main temple in Rumtek Monastery
Kangchenjunga, third highest peak in the world, at dawn, as seen from Pelling
A 130-foot high statue of the Buddha overlooks Tathagata Tsal (Buddha Park), Rabongla
The statue of Guru Padmasambhava at Samdruptse in Namchi
'Om Mani Padme Hum' mantra etched on a rock, Khecheopalri Lake
At the Khecheopalri  or the Wishing Lake, I found peace as I listened to the monk's chanting
Three self-proclaimed guides of Khecheopalri who love to interact with tourists outside school hours
Sikkim is also known for its sweet oranges
Freshly picked oranges being taken to the local market
Our kindly guide is in a dilemma as the charming orange-seller refuses to accept an overused currency note
The locally brewed millet wine or Chhang along with other local produce
Chhang is also called --bamboo⿝ as it is often served in one
Young girls in traditional Sikkimese and Nepali attires
Tibetan cultural show during the Maghe Sankranti celebration in Jorethang

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