Friday, 4 July 2014

Dainty Village Houses & Backyards – A Photo Essay

A typical Sikkimese home looks like this - flower pots festoon each and every balcony

Both Sikkim and Darjeeling are quite similar. I must admit that I still can’t believe that the latter is part of West Bengal. Since Darjeeling is part of West Bengal for so many ages, it has its influences. But, it is more similar to Sikkim – prayer flags, simplicity of life, modest people, Nepalese culture and the pretty little houses.

The one peculiar thing that I noticed about these eastern Himalayan people is that they have very good taste. They understand beauty. Be it their homes, gardens, porticoes, backyards, or even their curtains, everything is so tasteful.

Although I regret not clicking as many photographs as I should have, I am happy to present a few that I did –

A wooden house in Darap village, West Sikkim
That's a common sight - flower pots beautify every home in Sikkim and Darjeeling
That's a passage behind an old house in Darap village
I'm not sure if it's a house or not, but it looked interesting
It's a very old (British era) house in Kurseong, Darjeeling
A bamboo hut in Darap village
A beautiful double-storey wooden house in Assam Linzey village
A cute fairy-talish house in Darjeeling
An old house in Kurseong, Darjeeling
A beautiful tree log is placed at the entrance
This was quite a big house in Assam Linzey village, Sikkim
No matter how big or small a home is in Sikkim and Darjeeling, it has to be beautiful

Do you wish you had a cute little home like one of these in the mountains?

22 comments:

  1. Wow! Gorg! Doesn't look anything like most places I've been to in India! Love them tho!

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    1. Yup, these little houses in Sikkim and Darjeeling are a delight!

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  2. Their windows also look so pretty and colorful!

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    1. True! I wonder how precise they are about their choices. :)

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  3. Great Pictures Renuka. I liked the blog

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  4. Those are some beautiful pictures .. i loved the flowers.. awesome

    Bikram

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    1. Yup, flowers are everywhere in Darjeeling and Sikkim.

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  5. wow! nice clicks and lovely houses with colourful flowers ! like like like !!!

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    1. Thank you! :) True, Sikkim's houses and villages are so pretty.

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  6. Renuka, It's beautiful! I love your photos! (http://www.reflectionsenroute.com)

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  7. Such attention to detail! These houses are really cute.

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    1. True! I wonder how good taste these mountain people have! Their houses reflect their sense of beauty.

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  8. I wonder why Sikkim is so magical? I loved it too. Thanks for taking me back to that time when I visited

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos, Kalpana! :) Yup, Sikkim is magical.

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  9. What cool houses! It's not what I would expect when I think of India, so it's really cool to see!

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    1. True Justine :) These village houses are pretty and neatly maintained.

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  10. wow, beautiful pictures! seeing the way people live is one of the best parts of traveling. thanks for sharing!

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    1. True Hannah! Discovering the basic life of Sikkimese folks was so endearing. The way they live - their love for beauty, flowers and natural environment - all of it reflects their essence.

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  11. Awsome @Renuka..that passage behind the old house giving some nostalgic memories of my childhood...thanks.. :-)

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    1. I'm glad to hear that! Thanks Seju :)

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