The enchanting Himalayan land of Sikkim has often been called “the last
Shangri-la”. Its abundance of rivers and lakes and its moist air give
it a lush, strangely tropical look and make it the habitat of varied fauna
and exotic flowers. Its gentle people are predominantly Buddhist; and
its famed monasteries are the repositories of not only art treasures but
centuries of belief.
Rajesh Bedi’s photographs capture the essence of Sikkim — the faces, the
monks, the Buddhist images, the mysterious rituals of the masked dances,
the flowers of the lush countryside, and above all the towering and majestic
peaks of Kanchenzonga.
The text, by Pushpesh Pant and AshaRani Mathur, ably supplements the pictures
to give the reader glimpses of Sikkim, its history, its life and people.