Aesthetics of the Himalayan Lifestyle
Kushmita Gazmer Design Strategist at Samsung Design Delhi
I visited Sikkim last April, which is my hometown and a Himalayan state northeast of India. It has a beautiful natural landscape with gigantic mountain ranges under a pleasant, fresh and cold climate. I took a break from the hustle of the city and relaxed while cooling off from the heat.
While I was in my hometown, I went to visit one of the monasteries called the Tsuklakhang Royal Monastery. It is a calm and beautiful place with monks chanting prayers in the morning. I remember sitting there for a while just to relax and appreciate the atmosphere. I also traveled with my friends to Gurudongmar Lake and Lachen, the northern part of Sikkim. Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world at an altitude of 5430m, and it is completely frozen during winter but flows with fresh water in summer. I had a great time admiring the beautiful scenery while making stone towers. I spent a night at a homestay in Lachen where I came across an interesting Himalayan stove. The old Himalayan stove is connected to the entire home, allowing cooking and heating at the same time. It is a system very suitable for the cold Himalayan region.
I realized the aesthetics of the slow-paced world and humility in life through the people I met in Sikkim. I look forward to reflect this inspiration and energy I gained from this trip into my future design work.