Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Map of Sikkim

I had been writing about Sikkim but i am sorry i never talked about Sikkim and its physical features. Once a Himalayan kingdom till 1975 and now part of a mighty Indian Union, the small state of Sikkim had seen many turn around over the last 50 year. Jawaharlal Nehru and Chogyal Tashi Namgyal, the king of Sikkim had a very warm relationship. It was even said that Nehru wanted to spend his retired life in Sikkim that could not happen due to his sudden death in 1964. After Nehru's death some of his ashes were brought to Sikkim and thrown over the sky of Gangtok, Kanchenjunga Range and other places. Even Chogyal Tashi Namgyal presented his paintings to Nehru which is said to be at Anand Bhawan ancestral home of the Nehru family at Allahabad. But it was under the leadership of Indira Gandhi, the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru Sikkim was merged with India just 10 years after Nehru died.

Sikkim share an interesting geographical boundary. Three countries and an Indian state to its south surrounds Sikkim. To its east is Bhutan, Nepal in its west. while Tibet (China) is in its North.

Here i would like to give some information that i have read from Rajesh Verma's Sikkim Guide:

* Toriphule : trijunction between Sikkim, West Bengal and Nepal

* Rachela : trijunction between Sikkim, West Bengal and Bhutan

* Jonsang : trijunction between Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet

* Batangla : trijunction between Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan

pics: taken from web