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Sikkim, one of the last Himalayan 'Shagri-las'. Remote, varied flora (rare orchids especially) spectacular mountain terrain. Kanchenjunga is highest peak (8598m). Picture shows Chaunrikhiang. Not easy to visit. Home of the Lepchas: peaceful forest foragers and small-crop cultivators who worship nature spirits. Hesiod, Theogony 129 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.) : "And Gaia (Earth) first bore starry Ouranos (Heaven), equal to herself, Read more....

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