The East Sikkim Region is nicknamed “Rhododendron” for the many red and white flowers that blossom in the area. It’s covered with high hills and mountains where the climate is typically cold year-round. Production of the spice cardamon is the main source of income.
The Lepcha and Bhutia people, who migrated from Tibet, live here and practice Buddhism. The people do their best to preserve their culture and spiritual heritage. Their social customs and marriage rites are bound by an ancient custom that the people adhere to even today.
Mount Khangchendzonga is the third-highest mountain in the world and is believed to be Sikkim’s guardian deity.
This man is outfitted for life in this mountainous area, with warm clothes and a walking stick.
Although Hinduism is the predominant religion of the region, elements of Buddhism, such as these prayer flags, are visible throughout East Sikkim.