Sikkim • Beyond the border • India

Embark on an enchanting journey to Sikkim, India's gem nestled in the majestic Himalayas, in just over 5 minutes! Witness the Teesta River, a natural boundary that both divides and connects Sikkim and West Bengal. Cross the grand Jawaharlal Nehru Bridge, encounter young Buddhist monks on their peaceful sojourn, and marvel at the colorful attire of local women. Can you feel the vibrancy of the ongoing road works, a striking contrast to West Bengal, as they reshape the region's landscape? It's a challenge as monumental as the territory itself. Come along for a poignant journey where nature and progress perform a harmonious ballet. India, Sikkim, awaits you, and the adventure begins here, now, on screen.
00:00 • intro | 00:25 • Melli, Sikkim border | 01:47 • on the roads of Sikkim | 04:04 • nice meeting in Melli

made with photos and videos taken during the trip Buddhist India • Sikkim • Bihar • West Bengal (EN)

Sikkim border

The Teesta River which cuts the city in two serves as the border between Sikkim and West Bengal. Part of the city is therefore in Sikkim while the other is part of West Bengal.

The second largest bridge in Sikkim, the Jawaharlal Nehru Bridge connects the two sides.

Melli is the main point of entry into Sikkim and a mandatory stop for all tourists who need to pick up a stamp on their passport upon entering the state.

This is the opportunity to meet young Buddhist monks strolling on the bridge or a group of women in traditional clothes.

Roads in Sikkim

The contrast between the state of the roads in West Bengal and those in Sikkim is striking. During our visit in 2018, major road works were undertaken to improve road traffic in the region. The typical relief of this state located at the foot of the Himalayas obviously does not facilitate this work. But at the same time this same relief pleads for the improvement of roads and road safety.

 

Spoken comments in the film: 

Sikkim lies at the foot of the Himalayas, and once you cross the border, you face some really necessary road repair works. Necessary, even if it wastes a lot of time.

truck at the border, Melli, Sikkim • India

What's the weather like in Melli?

Melli, gate of Sikkim, Melli • India • Sikkim

Melli, gate of Sikkim

Teesta River, Melli • India • Sikkim

Teesta River

musician, rebab player, Melli • India • Sikkim

musician, rebab player

road work, Melli • India • Sikkim

road work

Melli, Sikkim border

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