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This covered market is interesting for its range of traditional Himalayan produce, including churpi (dried cheese on a string), cow skin snacks, Tibetan tsampa (ground roasted barley), dried phing noodles and circular yeast patties used for brewing chhang (millet beer).
In 1835 the British bribed Sikkim s chogyal to cede Darjeeling to the East India Company. Tibet, which regarded Sikkim as a vassal state, raised strong objections. In 1849, amid rising tensions, the British annexed the entire area between duck tours boston the present Sikkim border and the Ganges plains, repulsing a counter- invasion by Tibet in 1886. In 1903 04, Britain s ultimate imperial adventurer Francis Younghusband twice trekked up to the Sikkim Tibet border. There, with a small contingent of soldiers, he set about inciting a fracas that would justify an invasion of Tibet.
Sikkim s capital is mostly a functional duck tours boston sprawl of multistorey concrete boxes. But, true to its name (meaning hill top ), these are steeply tiered along a precipitous mountain ridge. When clouds clear, typically at dawn, views are inspiring with Khangchendzonga soaring above the western horizon. While Gangtok s manmade attractions are minor, it s a reasonable place to spend a day or two organising a trek or trips to the north.