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Six reasons why I'll always remember my trip to Sikkim!
Pranita Roy | Tuesday, 16 May 2017 AT 08:23 AM IST
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May 16 is Sikkim State Foundation Day, when the Himalayan State became the 22nd state of Indian democracy and monarchy was abolished. Sakal Times correspondent Pranita Roy recalls her memorable Sikkim visit and lists the reasons on why Sikkim struck a chord with her!


Tsomgo or Changu Lake

It is said that we find solace in the mountains. And Sikkim proves that to be true. It is one state in India where one can completely forget oneself in the greenery and Himalayas's majestic mountains. It was a pleasant escape from the city lights for me when I visited the state in first week of April. While everyone back home was complaining about the heat, I was enjoying an unusual winter vacation in the summers.

1. I checked Rangpo (a small village in Sikkim), Gangtok and Tsomgo Lake off my list when I visited the state. Rangpo is right on the Sikkim-West Bengal border and a very scenic place. Sikkim is abuzzing travel destination, but there are many off beat travel options for those who want to avoid the touristy-crowd.


2. What sprung as a surprise to me was that I couldn't see clinics or medical centres on the streets the way it is lined up here in metros. Do people not fall ill here? Maybe the secret is that they live in pure natural conditions and consume organic food.


3. The locals walk a lot! Their preferred commuting option is walking and trek through the mountains. Gave us city folks a reality check on how much strain our legs can take.


4. The place is so clean! It is one of the cleanest places in our country. No smoke, no pollution.


5. Sikkim is a foodie's heaven! Momos, Maggi, Chowmein, Thukpa, are some of the varieties that are available in street food. Try to look for authentic Sikkimese food while you are there — best would be to convince a local to take you home for lunch!


6. MG Market in Gangtok gives you the feel of Europe. One of the most clean and pollution free shopping spot, it has a lot to offer if you want to shop for woolens, Chinese dolls, shawls, jackets and a variety of winter wear. Shopping here may be a task but the Tibet market gives you the best deals on Chinese goodies


Must visit places: Nathula Pass, Tsomogo Lake, Baba Mandir, Gangtok and the numerous Buddhist Monasteries


 
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Arundhati Sarkar - Tuesday, 16 May 2017 AT 10:59 AM IST
Lovely read. Totally agree with you. Even when I traveled to Sikkim, I have noticed that people of all ages walk for miles everyday, and I guess that gives them the stamina and keeps them in good health. Also, the refreshing beauty of the mountain, the greenery and the unlimited momo stalls. Would love to visit the hills again.
 
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