What makes us realise our bucket list goals? Sometimes careful planning, and mostly the sudden need for adventure in our lives.
I just came back from a week-long cycling trip along the Silk Route in East Sikkim with six other riders and honestly, I had never thought that such an insane adventure was waiting for us in this offbeat corner of the country. The trip was organised by Tag Along Asia and this was hands down, the best way to explore the ancient Silk Route, a part of which goes through East Sikkim in India.
This 900km trade route once connected Lhasa to the port of Tamluk in West Bengal during the 1 century AD. Tamluk was one of the closest ports to Lhasa and the difficult terrain and high altitude made it a safer route for trade caravans to pass in those days.
On this trip, we covered almost a 160km-section of the Silk Route starting from Aritar via Nathula to Gangtok. Here's the map: