Wednesday, May 18, 2011

“Sikkim, Traveller’s Companion” launched

GANGTOK: Yishey Doma and Parvin Singh’s book on Sikkim, “Sikkim, Traveller’s Companion”, was launched by Governor BP Singh and Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as part of the State Day celebrations here at Chintan Bhawan on Monday.
This book, a first in the series of travel guides proposed to be published by Trysts and Traces seeks to capture “the true colour and meaning of life in Sikkim to help tourists to find just those unexplored aspects”.
Smartly designed and crisply written, the book, as all tourist guidebooks should be, is impressively visual and comprehensive.
“Like the State has much to offer to the world, we have tried to assemble the varied aspects of Sikkim in a nutshell, from wildlife to food and from treks to skiing. That is why, it took us two years to complete this book and during this time we travelled to all parts of Sikkim to make sure nothing is missed out,” says photographer Parvin Singh, who is also the publisher of the book, in a press statement.
The 264-page book, which also includes a pull out-map of Sikkim and a map on Gangtok, is priced at Rs 499. Besides Sikkim, the book will be available in all leading bookshops around the country, airports and even online, the publisher informs.

Sikkim, Traveller’s Companion is Ms. Doma’s and Mr. Singh’s second book on Sikkim. The duo’s first coffee-table book, “Sikkim, the Hidden Fruitful Valley” was published in 2008.
Ms. Doma is a poet and journalist based in Gangtok, Her previous books include the coffee-table book Sikkim, the Hidden Fruitful Valley and Legends of the Lepchas published by Westland/ Tranquebar in 2010.
Mr. Singh is among the country’s best travel photojournalists. He was recently conferred with the best ‘Travel Photojournalist’ by Hee Bermiok Tourism Development and Heritage Conservation Society towards promoting Hee Bermiok.
The book, after a brief overview on Sikkim, plays into three sections – Destinations across the four districts, each opening with a map, Experience Sikkim featuring pilgrimage sites, adventure tours with detailed trek maps, information on cuisine and cultural variety of the State and Tourist Information, containing information such as tourist offices, important numbers, train & flight schedule, travel agencies, endless accommodation options, book shops, etc.

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