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Chhaang – The Millet Brew

Chhaang is Sikkim’s rendition of the local beer and a much more headier concoction than the average beer. Traditionally, a Nepalese drink, it is made from fermented millet and served on a bamboo container which is traditionally called the ‘Tongba’ and is sipped using a bamboo pipe/straw. The  millet filled Tongba is usually topped up with warm water and allowed to settle for 5 mins after which a blunt bamboo pipe/straw with perforated sides is inserted to drink it. The blunt end blocks the millet while the perforation acts as a filter to the the water and alcholo pass through. Every now and then as the...

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10 Things to Know About Ambubachi Mela

Ambubachi Mela 2016 is on! It’s that time of the year yet again when thousands of energetic and staunch devotees, sadhus, sanyasis, and tantrics will throng the holy gates and courtyards of Maa Kamakhya temple in Assam. Some gyrating to the nostalgic music, some lost in mystic chants, some puffing away to glory but all bound together by one dedication and devotion for the Divine Mother. The otherwise serene Nilachal hills in Assam don’t get any more vibrant and alive than it gets in these 5 days of energetic celebration. Amubachi Mela is a time to celebrate Mother Earth...

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Ban Jhakri Water Falls, Sikkim

Ban Jhakri Water Falls is a beautiful waterfall located about 1okms away from Gangtok towards the famous Ranka monastery. Surrounded by green landscape, the waterfall is higher than Bhaktang falls and offers a picturesque view. The place is often crowded with tourists and and highly recommended if you are looking for a good walk in lush nature. It has a park and a lush green garden highlighting the aspects Shaman culture and Sikkimese architecture. Some interesting things you can do at Ban Jhakri Water Falls are: paragliding –  at about 3,000 INR/head you can enjoy a good 3o mins flight traditional attire –...

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