Photographer's Note

This is from Gangtok, capital of Sikkim state in northern India, on the slopes of the Himalayas. A sweeper is cleaning the road from autumn leaves. The gate marks the entrance to the compound of the Tsukla Khang palace monastery.

In 1972-73 I made a long journey through Asia. I have posted a lot of photos from large parts of that journey, including south east Asia and Afghanistan, but comparatively few from the several months I stayed in India, off and on. Last weekend I spent a long evening scanning slides from mainly India, so for the forthcoming weeks I plan to show some of those.

In 1972 Sikkim was a kind of semi independent kingdom, ruled by a King called the Chogyal. In reality the tiny country was completely controlled by India, and in 1975 Sikkim formally became an Indian state after a series of protests against the Chogyal and a referendum to join India. The monarchy was abolished and the Chogyal left for the USA with his American wife.

I went to Sikkim, through India, directly from Nepal. After seeing the beautiful cities and villages in the Kathmandu valley Gangtok was a big disappointment. I noted in my diary that there were great views of the valleys below the city, but generally Gangtok was just a number of ugly buildings on a hillside. I will show a photo of downtown Gangtok in my next upload. Meanwhile I will show someone I met inside the monastery as a workshop.

Here is a larger version of the main photo. Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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