Sikkim is a small state in India in the eastern
Himalayas, between Tibet, Bhutan, India and Nepal.
An important route between India and Tibet.
Most of Sikkim's northern parts are dominated by the
lofty Kanchenjunga mountain group.
Sikkim suffered continual invasions from it's neighbours,
Tibet, India, Bhutan and Nepal.
The Anglo-Sikkimese Treaty of 1861 placed it under the
protectorate of British India.
Until 1975 it was a protectorate state, ruled by chogyals
(kings), who hoped to retain internal autonomy when
Britain left India.
After a 1975 referendum Sikkim was transferred to the
Republic of India.
Population is about 200.000.
Gangtok is the capital.
After finishing our Bhutan tour, our Guides driven
us to Silliguri in India.
They made sure that we get a reliable taxi jeep to take
us to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, built on
top and the sides of a mountain.
They also negotiated on our behalf, ensuring that we
didn't get ripped off.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and experiences in Gangtok
After our stay we used the same driver to take us back
to India and to Biratnagar Airport in Nepal to fly to
Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
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