Sikkim has been given many names. The Lepchas, original inhabitants of the land called it Nye-mae-el `paradise’. The Limbus named it Su Khim or `new house’ while to the Bhutias it was Beymul Demazong `the hidden valley of rice’. The “beautiful home”, reflecting the beauty of its snow-covered mountains and lush green valleys. For a long time, Sikkim was a Buddhist kingdom, isolated in the Himalayas, populated by Lepchas and Bhotia, two tribes of Tibetan origin, and governed by the Namgyal Dynasty from Tibet. Sikkim was declared a British protectorate in 1861. The official language and lingua franca of Sikkim is Nepali, though Sikkimese is the most common native language of locals. Sikkim shares its border with Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east, with the Tibetan plateau rising from its northern border. It was once a Himalayan monarchy and part of the fabled Silk Route to China. Its merger with India in 1975 has offered a window to the world to discover the treasures of this hidden land. During my visit since last one decade, tried to capture the mystic landscape, life of the remote sikkimese people and the biodiversity of this magic land in my camera. Tried to share some…


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