BY SHITAL PRADHAN
When i started my blog on Sikkim, i had it clear on my mind that this blog shall help people look out for knowledge on Sikkim. I always wanted a knowledge house only about Sikkim, its past, present and future. I do not know over the years how much did i succeed but my determination to let other understand my Sikkim is always giving me a push. I had over a time collected trivia on Sikkim from different sources and used to shared it on Sikkimonline.info the best forum site on Sikkim that is very close to me. I here share these Sikkim trivia to the readers who follow my writings too.
- Toppakhani Tunnel is the only motorable tunnel in Sikkim.
- Burn and Burn Company Pvt Ltd, Howrah built one of the oldest iron bridges in Sikkim, the iron bridge of Singtam in 1929.
- Gyamptso Sangdarpa is the real name of VC Ganju Lama.
- Rabindra nath Tagore, a noble laureate had visited the Rinchepong Dak Banglow where he composed parts of his famous work. "The Gitanjali"
- Singtam Senior Secondary School was earlier known as Gandhi School.
- The original name of Sirwani is Sirubari.
- Electricity first reached Pakyong on August 4, 1976 when BB Lal, the governor of Sikkim switched on the light at the stroke of 2 pm.
- the second highest mountain in Sikkim is Kabur tshu.
- The first motarised vehicle that visited Sikkim was in the year 1925 and it was " Beatle".
- Beatle car was followed by Dodge cars in the 1930s thus began the fascinating journey of joining Siliguri with Gangtok.
- The governor of Sikkim BB Lal inaugurated the Central School at Deorali on September 1, 1976.
- The first boiler farm in Sikkim was started at Baluakhani, Gangtok by the army personnel on November 22, 1976.
- BB Lal, Governor of Sikkim inaugurated the footpath constructed between Zero miles and Deorali bazaar along national highway on December 11, 1976.
- Eve’s Beauty Parlour at Gangtok is the first beauty parlour started in Sikkim. It was started by Mrs. T. Dahul and Mrs. A. Paragar. It started functioning on December 24, 1976.
- Tornado kills one at Ranipool on April 29, 1976. The tornado unprecedented in the history of Sikkim was at the speed of
50 milesper kilometer uprooted many trees and many roof tops were blown away. The effect was witnessed at Gangtok too.
- TNA school magazine “Tenacius” had won the national award in the third All India School Magazines Competition on January 21, 1979.
- President rule imposed in Sikkim on August 19, 1979.
- Karma Ludo from Sikkim represented India in 1983 Asian School Games held at Seoul, South Korea.
- Mrs Mamoo Subba, Lady Health Visitor of Health and Family Welfare Department became the first Sikkimese to receive the national award for nursing on August 8, 1985.
- Akkar Bridge at Jorethang is India’s first conceived cable stayed bridge.
168 meterlong span deck is supported by 34 pairs of cable stays.
- Sikkim was open to foreigners for the first time in 1990. Sikkim remain restricted to foreigners keeping its cultural treasures and scenic splendors jealously guarded from the world’s gaze.
- Menakshi Madan Rasaily is the first woman judge from Sikkim. She was appointed as Judicial Magistrate-cum-Civil Judge on December 1990.
- Bhaichung Bhutia adjudged best footballer in the 1990 Subroto Cup.
- Kalchakra Initation held at Gangtok, Dalai Lama was present.
- Tri junction between Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet is Batang Lho.
- Namzyit Partam is the original name of Chungthang.
- Sir Donglas W. Fresh Field was the first European to explore Mt Kanchenjunga area.
- Dr. Jules Jacot-Guillarmod led the first expedition to attempt Mt Kanchenjunga in the year 1905.
- The first successful expedition was led by a British team in 1955 where Joe Brown and George Band became the first men to climb to the summit. This was followed by another successful Indian expedition in 1977.
- Ten years later, another Indian attempt by the Assam Rifles claimed the life of the only Indian to conquer Mount Everest without oxygen.
- Phu Dorjee died whilst descending from the summit on Kanchenjunga.
- The last expedition from the Sikkim side was made by a joint Indo-Japanese team in 1991.
- Silk route Agreements signed between India and China during Prime Minister Vajpayee on June 23, 2003