2018 was a tough year for me, with lots of low points, a personal tragedy, and too much stress and anxiety. Needless to say, it has left me drained of all energy. So I decided to kick off the new year by re-visiting a place that would remind me of all that's good and positive in this world - clean air, quiet moments in the lap of mother nature, cool wind in my face, and endless views of azure skies and water.
The description brought to mind the Himalayas - the home of my heart. And where in the Himalayan belt have I had better times than Sikkim, that tiny paradisiacal kingdom of heaven!
I've travelled through a major part of Sikkim, but a lot still remains to be explored, which I hope to cover in 2019. When I posted pictures from my Sikkim travels, I was surprised to see the beauty of Sikkim coming as such a 'revelation' to many of my friends. It seems people don't know enough about this tiny Himalayan paradise. So I decided to put together a list of 6 reasons why Sikkim should top your travel wishlist for 2019.
1. Deep blue lakes against a rocky landscape
While people of my generation were still busy obsessing over the surreal landscapes of Ladakh, I discovered that Sikkim offers the same vistas but without the throngs of tourists breathing down your neck. I visited Sikkim in December 2016, when the lakes were just beginning to freeze over, and at an altitude of 13,000 feet and set against the barren rocky terrain, these brilliant waters were a truly fascinating sight.