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Sikkim

Once an independent kingdom that feuded periodically with Nepal and the British, Sikkim is a landlocked state in the Himalayas that is India's second-smallest (after Goa). Because of its location and history, Sikkim is predominantly Hindu and Buddhist; its residents are descended from both Nepalese and Tibetans, with a small community of migrant residents who work in various commercial pursuits. Given its isolation from the world, Sikkim retains much of its natural beauty, in the form of clear rivers, thick, evergreen forests, meadows of wildflowers, and sharp, imposing mountains. Indeed, within Sikkim, natives still herd yak, tend their fields, and lead lives little changed from centuries before.
Once an independent kingdom that feuded periodically with Nepal and the British, Sikkim is a landlocked state in the Himalayas that is India's second-smallest (after Goa). Because of its location and history, Sikkim is predominantly Hindu and Buddhist; its residents are descended from both Nepalese and Tibetans, with a small community of migrant residents who work in various commercial pursuits. Given its isolation from the world, Sikkim retains much of its natural beauty, in the form of clear rivers, thick, evergreen forests, meadows of wildflowers, and sharp, imposing mountains. Indeed, within Sikkim, natives still herd yak, tend their fields, and lead lives little changed from centuries before.

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Happiness Home

Visit Happiness Home, a Gangtok orphanage for girls, and take some of the charming young residents to lunch at a local restaurant.

Himalaya Helicopter

Charter a private helicopter for a ride through the breathtaking Himalayas in the vicinity of Kangchenjunga, the planet's third highest peak at 28,169 feet. The helicopter provides supplemental oxygen to help deal with the extreme altitude.

Orchid Farm

Visit a terraced orchid farm spilling down the side of a steep mountain; over 500 exotic species of orchid, including some rare and endangered, grown in Sikkim and are exported for sale the world over.

Royal Dinner

Have a traditional dinner in Gangtok, the capital city, with some of the remaining Sikkim royalty.

Sikkim Cuisine

In the evening have dinner at the home of a top Sikkim chef where you'll be joined by his friends. Have an informal cooking class with him in the kitchen while he prepares the gourmet meal, then sample his recipes during a delicious and entertaining dinner.

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The Forgotten Tibetan Refugees of Darjeeling

The Forgotten Tibetan Refugees of Darjeeling

Author : Elisha Donkin
The Tibetan Refugee Center is a rundown, underused facility in Darjeeling. It's not just a place for the best momos in India; it's a testament to the resilience of the refugees who fled and the heritage of those who stayed.
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Raffles Hotels Bound for Udaipur in 2020 and Jaipur in 2022

Raffles Hotels Bound for Udaipur in 2020 and Jaipur in 2022

Author : Tyler Roney
Two new Raffles hotels are set for Jaipur and Udaipur, one in the budding hotel region of Kukas, the other on a private island in Udai Sagar Lake.
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Calcutta Canyon: A Wild West World in Bengal

Calcutta Canyon: A Wild West World in Bengal

Author : Sugato Mukherjee
Four hours outside of Calcutta is a strange Wild West world of Gongoni Danga, red earth and green scrub with a demon cave backstory.
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The Jews of Mumbai: Bollywood and Bombay’s Blue Synagogue

The Jews of Mumbai: Bollywood and Bombay’s Blue Synagogue

Author : Sharon McDonnell
The history of Bombay is indelibly linked to the Jews of Mumbai, a legacy alive today in the culture and architecture of India's greatest city.
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Heart of Hyderabad: Hidden Treasures of Charminar

Heart of Hyderabad: Hidden Treasures of Charminar

Author : Ronan O'Connell
Charminar in Hyderabad is a whirlwind of shopping, architecture, and history, but it's also a gateway to the cultural heart of the city.
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Jaipur Forts: Inside Nahargarh, Amber, and Jaigarh

Jaipur Forts: Inside Nahargarh, Amber, and Jaigarh

Author : Ronan O'Connell
The Jaipur forts offer distinctive views into one of the most important cities in Rajasthan. We take a closer look at Nahargarh, Amber, and Jaigarh.
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