Blaming my "bad fortune" would be a silly excuse for the absence of north-eastern states on my list of 'everywhere I have been'. Despite having spent long evenings on reading the cultural, historical and natural marvels of the region, I had somehow never ventured into the lap of the eastern Himalayas. And when events did conspire to take me in that direction of India, I figured East Sikkim would be the best place to start.
The landlocked state of Sikkim is heavily guarded for the safety of its people and the rest of the nation. But no amount of barricades, restrictions and armed personnel can prohibit its sublime beauty from taking over your soul. This is my first ever journey to the eastern Himalayas and the 'Queen of Hills'.
My friend and I started our journey on January 25, as we boarded a flight from New Delhi to Bagdogra. The 1.5 hour ended pretty quickly and we successfully steered clear of overpriced packages of food-like products.