Ride in Sikkim

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1st May 2017

Ride in Sikkim

Photo of Ride in Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer

My friend and me wanted to go for long break in some place really peaceful. Bhutan is what came to our mind first. So as we were searching for how to reach there we knew we had to go to Siliguri and from there we have to hire a bike and then go cross the border to Bhutan. While searching online we also came across some pictures showing few places in Sikkim, all those places looked amazing and we dint want to miss it. So we decided to split our trip into few days in Sikkim and the rest in Bhutan, and plan the trip as we move forward during the trip.

The first thing we had to do before the real trip was to book the bikes in advance and we got a deal for Rs. 1200 per day for classic 350, for 10 days. And also we booked the flight tickets in advance to save few bucks.

Day 1

So we landed in Siliguri on 1st of may evening and checked into a hotel. We called the guys who were going to rent us the bike. They delivered the bike at the hotel and gave us the necessary documents. As we told them about our plan they were sure we would not be able to cover Sikkim and Bhutan in 10 days time. As we needed to get passes to North Sikkim from Gangtok which is a days job. So we thought we would first visit North Sikkim and plan the rest accordingly.

Day 2

The next day we started in the morning towards Gangtok. The way to Gangtok was really beautiful. We also lost our way and reached Kalimpong, which was actually a good thing. We went to a cafe for a break and the manager there suggested us a way which had really good views.

Photo of Kalimpong, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Kalimpong, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Kalimpong, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Kalimpong, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Kalimpong, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Kalimpong, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Kalimpong, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Kalimpong, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Kalimpong, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Kalimpong, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer

It was a really good ride from Siliguri to Gangtok even though we lost our way and reached Kalimpong. We checked into a hotel and spend some time in MG road in Gangtok at night.

Day 3

The next whole day we had to spent in Gangtok, just went to few nearby places, had to repair my bike and visited a local tour organizer to arrange for the passes. He said we will get the necessary documents next day morning.

Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Day 4

We had our breakfast and headed to tour operator office for the pass. We got all the documents and he gave necessary information for the ride to north Sikkim. Our next stop was Lachen. A home stay was arranged by our tour organizer. We took a stop at Chungthang where we filled our tanks and even bought two container to fill petrol as we were instructed there wont be any petrol pumps from there on. We reached really late that night as it was raining heavily throughout our ride. Also it was freezing cold when we reached our destination. But thankfully we overcame all that and reached our place and had dinner and had a good sleep. We had to get up early the next day.

Photo of Lachen, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Lachen, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Lachen, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Day 5

We got up early morning and we stunned by the view outside. We were actually staying in a place surrounded by ice capped mountains. We had no idea about it since we reached late night. We had breakfast and started our ride to Gurudongmar lake. The road was really bad also the temperature was freezing cold. Also our jackets and gloves were wet due to heavy rains on the previous day. So on the way to the lake we bought a jacket and gloves. The views we had during the ride was really amazing. There were army camps in between. Finally we reached the stunning Gurudongmar lake. Even though the ride was tiring it was all worth it.

Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim by Mojin Abdul Kabeer

After spending few hours there we went back to our room and we had to go to Lachung and reach there before dark. There we were greeted by a local from there and the stay was arranged close to his home. He had made us dinner. We had friendly talks with them while having dinner. It was a good little room for the two of us.

Day 6

Today's target was to cover Yumtang valley and reach zero point. We filled our tanks with the spare petrol we had. Had breakfast and headed to Yumtang valley. This time the roads were much better than we had taken the previous day. Also the roadsides were filled with little flowers through out.

Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer

We reached Zero point and experienced snow fall for the first time. We then returned to our and was planing to go back to Gangtok. But our hosts dint allow us to return as they said its late and also they heard there is heavy rainfall through out and there could be possible land slides. So we decided to stay there for one more day and leave early morning the next day.

Day 7

We got up early morning and started towards Gangtok. The weather was really good after few days of rain and snowfall. We checked into a hotel and decided to rest for the day. As we were really tired of the past few days ride and weather.

Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Day 8

By now our Bhutan plan was out and dint have much place to go. So we decided to hang around in Gangtok for one more day.

Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Day 9

Since we had to reach Siliguri in two days time we decided to visit some place between Gangtok and Siliguri. And we decided to go to Darjeeling. And spend a day there. The ride to Darjeeling had really beautiful views on the way. We even got to see the tip of the mighty Kanchenjunga. We checked into a hotel in Darjeeling. It was really hard to find the hotel since there are so many pocket roads through out the town and its so confusing which way to go. But we finally reached the place with the help of few locals.

Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Day 10

We decided not to take the bike for the day as the place was so congested and dint want to lose our way again. So we took a taxi package which was provided in the hotel and they would take us to few places around Darjeeling. We took a package that would bring us back by afternoon.

Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Mojin Abdul Kabeer
Day 11

Today we had the final ride to Siliguri. We checked into a hotel and we returned the bike. And rested for the day. We left to the airport the next day morning.

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