The ride from Siliguri to Gangtok moves alongside Teesta. The unique turquoise colour of the river is the first sign that this journey will be unlike any other in the hills.The taxi will stop once for a quick snack break. Wherever you stop, there will be small shops selling chips, biscuits, etc. Instead of grabbing the regular Lays and its siblings, check out a wide variety of dried local fruits that almost every shop in Sikkim and Darjeeling will have. They range from spicy-sweet to deliciously chewy. A few hours after the lunch break, a colourful arch with Buddhist motifs will welcome you to Sikkim.