Sikkim: A Travellers Guide

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On the eastern border of India, sandwiched between Bhutan and Nepal and on the ancient trade route to Tibet, lies one of the last wonderlands of myth and legend. This is the world over which towers Kangchendzonga- probably the most spectacular of Himalayan peaks. Tropical orchids and alpine snow leopards inhabit this region. The hum of Buddhist prayer wheels, tribal gongs, Hindu chants and church bells harmonise to produce a wonderfully hybrid culture. Sikkim has always lured travellers- whether pilgrims, trekkers, botanists, or just people who want a serene break from routine. But access to this hill state was restricted for many years. Only in recent times have all tourists including foreigners, been given permission to visit. Photographer Sujoy Das, who fell early under the spell of Sikkim, has been documenting the land over the last two decades and provides rare pictures of its people, mountains and barren plateaus. Arundhati Ray covers all that a visitor needs to know in order to travel here. In a wonderfully story-telling style, peppered with anecdotes and folk tales, she provides the essential information. Together with Das's evocative and perceptive essays about his many journeys in Sikkim, these make the book more than just a guide: it offers a complete travel experience.

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breathtaking photographs,wonderful essays, informative travel and historical information about Sikkim. I recommend this book very strongly for anyone visiting/vacationing in Sikkim. --By A Customer -

Great photographs, lucid text, all the essential nformation, makes me want to go to Sikkim instantly!!! --By A Customer

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Suzanna Arundhati Roy[2] (born 24 November 1961) is an Indian author who is best known for the 1998 Man Booker Prize for Fiction-winning novel The God of Small Things (1997), which became the biggest-selling book by a nonexpatriate Indian author. She is also known as a political activist involved in human rights and environmental causes.[3]Arundhati Roy was born in Shillong, Meghalaya, India,[4] to Rajib Roy, a Bengali Hindu tea plantation manager from Calcutta and Mary Roy, a Malayali Syrian Christian women's rights activist from Kerala.[5] When she was two, her parents divorced and she returned with her mother and brother to Kerala.[5] For a time, the family lived with Roy's maternal grandfather in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. When she was 5, the family moved back to Kerala, where her mother started a school.[5] Roy attended school at Corpus Christi, Kottayam, followed by the Lawrence School, Lovedale, in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. She then studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, where she met architect Gerard da Cunha. The two lived together in Delhi, and then Goa, before they broke up.[5]

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