My breathing got a bit heavier as I trudged along the narrow roads,the Moon shone brightly that night, making the snow capped Mountains look beyond magical, while taking my breath away. Something so brilliant ought to be experienced, for it will give you that contentment you didn’t know you were always looking for.
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I always had a thing for the mountains, for they feel like home. I wanted to take the trip to Bhutan since ages however it never worked out. So this time, arbitrarily I chose to fly to Sikkim. The closest thing to paradise, I tell you. Even the voices in my head were hushed as I decided to take this solo trip, it was important and they knew it.
I scrolled through the airlines departing for Sikkim, closest airport is at Bagdogra, West Bengal. Since I had only a week for the trip, flying seemed like the best option. The nearest Railway station is at Jalpaiguri in West Bengal.
The prior days were full of anxiety for I was travelling alone and was recovering from an accident. Concerned, that I couldn’t wear any shoes and it would be freezing out there, was nerve wrecking. But then I just left with my slippers on.
I landed in Bagdogra but Gangtok was still approx. 124km away. There are prepaid taxi services that can be availed at the airport itself, which is brilliant if you were to travel in a group, but an entirely different scene when you’re travelling alone. I waited for almost half and hour hoping to squeeze in with any gang heading that way but it felt like a far fetched dream. Finally, I found another traveler looking for a ride. So, we decided to hire a car and leave, for the weather was very unpleasant. The ride however was bumpy due to the heavy rainfall, but I wouldn’t have it any other way for the scenery was to die for. And there’s something about road tripping in the rain that feels so sensational.
Ride to Sikkim: 1500/-
I reached at around 9:30 PM(took me around 6 hours because of the weather). I stayed at this wonderful hotel known as 100 petals in Gangtok at Indira By Pass Road. The owners were the most warmest, sweetest and fun-filled couple I have ever met. I would blindly recommend anybody to reach out to Karma and you will be sorted. He is this vibrant person who assists riders around Sikkim, yet agreed to help me since it was my first visit there.