Sikkim – The land of mystic beauty, photo essay by Saikat Chakraborty
Sikkim is one of the seven sisters states of northeast India. This Himalayan state is bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. The Kingdom of Sikkim was founded on the Silk Route by the Namgyal dynasty in the 17th century. The kingdom was ruled by a Buddhist priest-king known as the Chogyal. Once a vassal state of Qing China, it became a princely state of British India in 1890.
Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kangchenjunga. Being a part of the Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim is notable for its biodiversity, including alpine and subtropical climates. Almost 25% of the state is covered by Khangchendzonga National Park. World’s third highest peak Kangchenjunga (8,586 m), is the state’s highest point, situated on the border between Sikkim and Nepal.
Due to its pictures landscapes and mystic beauty, Sikkim has become a favorite among tourists in the last four decades. Travelling through this pristine state is an experience that enchants the subdued connection between human soul and nature. People do have a strong association with the landscapes, the mountain air, the clouds and the animals. Through the eyes of lens, it is a reliving of that adrift connection that once built the first steps of civilization.
(by Saikat Chakraborty)