Picturesque Gangtok, Sikkim

Here are five shots from Gangtok, the very picturesque capital of Sikkim, a former kingdom now part of India, tucked in between Nepal and Bhutan in the Himalayas, up against the Chinese border. Click to enlarge.










And finally, Mt. Kangchenjunga‎, the World’s Third Highest Mountain, along the Road to Changu (Tsomgo) Lake, Sikkim. That’s quite a drive.


Friday Photo #26: Striking, Exotic Sikkim


Sikkim. It’s that little thumb of India that sticks up into the Himalayas between Nepal and Bhutan, all the way to the Chinese border. Capital, Gangtok, pictured here. Click the photo to enlarge it. See more photos from Gangtok in the India Gallery at, and see all the Friday Photos.

A good weekend to all.

Friday Photo #19, Prayer Flags in Sikkim, India


This photo comes from a December, 2013 visit to Gangtok, Sikkim, India, on the Chinese border. Specifically, it’s from a day trip out to Changu (Tsomgo) Lake. Because of the terrain, the nearest airport to Gangtok is several hours drive away. Here is what I wrote at the time about getting to Sikkim. There are more photos from in and around Gangtok in the India Gallery at

And see all the other Friday Photos.

CS&W’s Graceless and Rude National Character Survey

Time to raise some ire. Based on strictly personal experience, here are some stereotypes that are sure to offend. All in good, clean fun. I think I’ll add more as they occur to me. Feel free to irritate your own chosen ethnicity in the comments.


Finland: Stubborn. Not malevolent.

Germany: No excuse for the disappointment that is their food.

India: Does luxury well. Wealth disparity allows this. High end more affordable for tourists than elsewhere.

New Zealand: Permanent slightly perplexed look. Sunburnt. Buggy eyes.

Pacific Islands: Collective motto: “Don’t hurt me please.” The ukelele and all its music is the cause of this.

Paraguay: Important only to Paraguayans. Who are sweet and all, sure. Still.

Scotland: Paternal. Strong men will take care of you. Like it or not. Ireland has some of this.

Thailand: The world’s consistently strangest names. Like Kejmanee Pichaironnarongsongkram. Except possibly

Turkmenistan, whose leader is Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.

Turkey: Tirelessly gracious but with a useless language shared by no one but Central Asians. In Turkish, as often as not the “G” goes away. “Erdogan” is pronounced “erdo-an.” A “C” with a cedille, “ç,” is pronounced “dj” like George. Çiragon is “Jiron.”

USA: Groupthink. If you want, you can really think things through and work out what you think. But you have to do more than ‘like’ things on Facebook. Why bother? Your tribe’s news channel can think everything through and tell you.

Vietnam: Wiry. Persistent. Shake hands with tight grip. Prim. Barefoot.

Gangtok, India

Gangtok, the capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim, lies between Bhutan and Nepal near the Indian border with Tibet. From a visit in December, 2013. Click the photos to enlarge. All the photos from that trip, to Gangtok and Saigon, Vietnam, are here. See also the India and Vietnam galleries at








More from the Former Kingdom of Sikkim – Wednesday HDRs

YakManA Man and His Yak, Changu (Tsomgo) Lake, Sikkim, India.

GangtokCity01Gangtok, Sikkim, India.

TinyRestaurantTiny Restaurant, Gangtok, Sikkim, India.

OtherSideOfGangtokThe Other Side of Town, Gangtok, Sikkim, India.

RoadToChanguThe road to Changu (Tsomgo) Lake, Sikkim, India.

RopewayThe Ropeline, Gangtok, Sikkim, India.

Click ‘em to make ‘em bigger. These also appear in the India Gallery at, and on Flickr.