Category Archives: Travel

A Train Journey

Maggie and I decided to go on a tour to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our wedding.  Also the fortieth anniversary of Maggie’s birth.  And the fiftieth anniversary of my birth too.  So many reasons to celebrate. “At least once … Continue reading

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Darjeeling and Gorkhaland

  Darjeeling is an exquisite hill station endowed by nature with a beauty that is quite ethereal.  As soon as you turn from the Gangtok-Siliguri highway and start ascending the narrow road to Darjeeling vast expanses of tea gardens beckon … Continue reading

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The Gift of Kupup

  Nathu La is a famous tourist spot in Sikkim by virtue of its location on the Indo-China border.  It is also on top of a peak which gives you a view of a part of the country that is … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Ban Jhakri

  Ban Jhakri Falls is a symbol of the pluralism in Sikkim’s cultural inheritance.  Nepalese is the lingua franca of Sikkim though the population is a variegated mixture of Lepchas, Bhutias, Nepalese, and a few others, the Nepalese constituting about … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Gangtok

  Sikkim, a small state (7096 sq.km.) in India with a very small population (540,851, according to the 2001 census), is an ideal place to take refuge from the sweltering heat of North India’s summer.  Whether you are travelling to … Continue reading

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Thommankuthu Waterfalls

  Thommankuthu is a sleepy village in central Kerala.  It lies 18 km from the nearest town, Thodupuzha (Idukki district), from where buses are available at regular intervals passing through Thommankuthu.  A river with seven waterfalls flows at the edge … Continue reading

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