The remote Buddhist Himmalayan kingdom of Sikkim was annexed by India in 1975 but remains a principality after the death of the former monarch or "Chogyal" of the Wangchuk dynasty.

Colourful monasteries dot the verdant countryside and gentle and attractive Sikkimese offer a welcome smile to all strangers.

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Young Sikkimese "trucker"

A young Sikkimese lad propping up the bonnet of one of the colourful trucks at the Rangpo border crossing into India.