We reached Njp(Siliguri) around 7:30. I had already booked us a bike from online two days back and it was delivered to us by around 8:15. The bike was in good condition with all required documents. We hired the bike from Darjeeling riders owned by Amit who was very kind and also helped us with basic itinerary.
Without wasting much time we started our journey. The ride was smooth for the first 20kms. We were to wait for about 10 mins for train crossing just before the check-post. We were on the ghat section within minutes. First few kilometers were dry it was not that scenic and there was barely any water in the river. Once we crossed some dam(I forgot the name!!) the view got better and there was decent amount of water too. There were villages every 15-20 kms, so you'll get anything like munchies, tea all along. The moment you cross the state border you'll find a lot of difference. It's all perfect, disciplined. I was really impressed by the way the police man was handling the traffic manually from the stand, which was an unusual sight for someone who's from Chennai! We had a quick break and proceeded towards Gangtok. Road from Rangpo(state border) was almost decent throughout except for some pot holes here and there. We had a good ride except for our luggage which was bit uncomfortable as we were not having a luggage carrier. The climate was normal with little heat waves around till Rangpo, and only after around an hour of travel we began to feel the chillness. We had another break, it was a restaurant for those with food already. Yeah there were no cooks or servers it's just a place to sit and relax. Right then the roads became steeper and by around 12:30 we were almost near Gangtok. Now the climate was totally changed it was really cold and cloudy too. We had to pay a fine of Rs 500, yeah the mistake was ours as my friend was not wearing on the helmet. We lost 20 mins in this process but the police Officials were doing their job perfectly which has to be appreciated and without delaying further we reached our hotel in Gangtok by around 1:30pm. Room was already arranged in hotel Zi at Tibet road by my friend who is a local resident. This hotel is good and if you're lucky this also offers Kanjenchunga view from your room.
We were relaxing for about 15-20 mins and went to have lunch in M.G road. This is definitely one of the few beautiful stretches that I have ever seen. We gazed around for some time returned back to hotel. And without much delay we started out for Rumthek monastery. It was about 25 kms from our hotel. The road till mayfair was good and then it was bad, barely there were any tarmac. But the ride was worthwhile for the view it offers. Yes the whole of Gangtok's view it was beautiful. We reached the monastery in other 30 minutes we had to walk for 300mts from parking to reach the monastery. We spent a good 15-20 mins in the monastery. Monks were chanting prayers throughout. The climate was perfect. After a short tea break we were on road again. It was cloudy, weather was perfect, though the roads were bad there were many elements to overlook it. Reached Gangtok around 7:30pm.
Thus Day 2 came to an end.
Places covered - Siliguri - Rangpo - Singtam - Gangtok - Rumthek - Gangtok (180 kms approx)