Saturday, August 30, 2008

The most beautiful place in the world!

If you are wondering which is the most beautiful place in the world, then the good news is we all have been there and it is called "HOME".
So as the first post in this blog I just feel like I should write about my home, the place I was born and the place where I first took my baby steps.

I was born in the state of Sikkim.A tiny HImalayan state which was much of a hidden kingdom between the three neighbouring countries of Bhutan,Nepal and China(formerly Tibet).

Well the first thing you will notice in the map is that it has 80% of its borders with foreign countries,with a tiny sort of passageway to west bengal.It is like a little baby happily sleeping in the cradle of the highest and the most trechareous mountain range in the world "The Himalayas".
I say sleepy and happy because it is the most peaceful state in India.Even as a child I remember there was news of a murder or assault or strike only once or twice a year and things haven't changed much since.There are no terrorist outfits in Sikkim, the only northeast state to qualify for the honour and the literacy rate has leaped from a meager 60 so so % in 1975 to 85% in 2000.

Here are some stills...
Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world and the highest in India.

A group of young buddhist monks.

A trek in the hills.
This statue is huge, he is Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian Saint from Ujjain who went to China through Sikkim and introduced Kung Fu in the Shaolin Temple.

When I go home, I just feel the serene and calmness of the natural beauty of the place with the the clanging of prayer wheels and one the most secluded buddhist monastries(gompas) in the world.Here is one view from my home...

A view from my home.

The capital city, Gangtok.

Tsomgo Lake(Changu) , the most visited tourist place in Sikkim.

A secluded monastery.

I have some very beautiful experiences to share about my early years, but more about that in the next post.....