Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim

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28th Feb 2015
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja
Photo of Our 4th Wedding Anniversary Motorcycle trip to Darjeeling and Southeast Sikkim by Sumanth Nagaraja

After a few failed attempts to travel to North Eastern parts of India, we decided to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary at Southeast Sikkim and Darjeeling

We had pre booked a Royal Enfield machine from Adventures Unlimited India at Darjeeling.

Day 1 - Bangalore to Bagdogra by flight and took a Sumo (taxi) paying 1000 INR to Darjeeling with 2 flight travelers who were riding to Bhutan. We stayed at Hotel Revolver which has cosy little rooms right at the city center. Host at Revolver is not a friendly guy but the place has its advantages and one of it being Mt Kanchenjunga at the backdrop. Eateries here shut by 9 P.M.  

Day 2 - Bike fixing with a huge delay, started to Kalimpong at 4 P.M along Teesta river. 

Day 3 - Kalimpong to Rangpo and had lunch at a river side restaurant enroute Gangtok. We had booked our stay at Bookmans B&B, owner Raman also runs Cafe Fiction. Heavens opened up as soon as we reached Bookmans and we walked to MG Marg for a quick dinner before calling it a day.

Day 4 - Visit to Rumtek Monastery through the rain and clouds, we had our first taste of the mighty famous Wai wai noodles at a restaurant near the monastery.  Ganeshtok was covered as well on this day.

Day 5 - Bright clear day and permission on our side, we had an early start to Changu Lake - Frozen lake situated at 12,400 Ft above sea level. Eating popcorn is advised to help breathing. After traveling through some dangerous roads, we stopped for breakfast at a tiny little eating joint and were treated to some spicy wai wai noodles and channa. Walk around the lake was blissful and we sat on Yaks here. 

Day 6 - Local riding, shopping and a cold ride to Hanuman Tok.

Day 7 - We decided to try the other route to reach Darjeeling, Gangtok - Damthang - Namchi - Darjeeling, this was a very unique riding experience with very bad roads, tea estates, steep climbing, clean tiny towns, landing up in a random village for thukpa and not to forget getting chased by dogs.  

Day 8 - If you go to Darjeeling, you must visit the Mountaineering club and Zoo. Residents of the zoo here Red Panda | Clouded Leopard | Royal Bengal Tiger | Black Panther | Snow Leopard and Tibetian Wolf. Rest of the day was spent going to local market and a famous bakery. 

Day 9 - Batasia Loop, Peace Pagoda, Ropeway and Tiger Hills. With cloud cover, we could not get a clear view of Mt Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hills.   

Day 10 - Darjeeling to Bagdogra to Bangalore.

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