Monday, March 16, 2009

Cafe at 13,000 feet and the former Sikkim National Flag

Towards the Nathula Border between India and China at Kupup, just opposite the famed Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, there is a Cafe 13000, probably the highest cafeteria along with a gift shop just attached to it any one could had ever imagined at such height. The taste of coffee gives you the pleasure and the serene beauty of the surrounding sets the moment for which Sikkim is renowned across the world. Well this cafeteria did not excited me the most until i came across a rare "thing" that i had never ever come across in so far. Inside this unique surrounding in one of its corner lie three flags out of which one did really capitulated my attention. I had gone through different books on Sikkim history where the Sikkim National Flag was primly noticed in any state festive or in any occasions where the guest of honour was of royal family of Sikkim.

But to see the Sikkim National Flag just in front of you and touching it, a breeze of pride ran through my blood and i slowly said myself, i am proud to be a Sikkimese. This is the only place in Sikkim presently where the Sikkim National Flag is kept open to public. There are three flag, to its left a white Sikkim National Flag with red bordered and the yellow coloured Chakra (Wheel) in the middle. A blue coloured flag at the right of Yak Golf Course and in the centre the National Tri Colour kept a little taller then the other two!