Photographer's Note

This is just a glimpse from somewhere in Gangtok, capital of Sikkim state in northern India. Nothing special, except that the photo is 45 years old and these buildings may not exist any longer. Hopefully most of these people are still alive and well.

I spent a couple of days in Gangtok during a long journey through Asia in 1972-73. The weather was not good, there was not much to see in the town and my travel permit didn't allow me to go any further up the country. I think I had a permit for three days but decided to leave after two.

Sikkim was nominally a kind of autonomous country, but more precisely a protectorate totally controlled by India, with a heavy Indian military presence because of the closeness to the Chinese border. Foreign tourists had to wait for months to get a permit to go there, and once allowed to enter the freedom of movement was very restricted.

This photo was as usual scanned from a Kodachrome slide. So is the workshop showing another street in the market area of Gangtok.

Here is a larger version of the main photo.

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