Sikkim Trip plan was irresistible
Our Sikkim Trip in April 2011 was more of a sudden plan, thanks to my brother who was working near the Sikkim-West Bengal border. Sikkim is a beautiful Himalayan state which boasts of having some of the most amazing places to see in India and it borders with Nepal, China, Bhutan and West Bengal. My brother, at that time, was working on Teesta river Hydro-electric project at a place called Tarkhola. We just had 2-3 days to spare as we had to move on to my home-town Guwahati for Bihu celebrations. So with a 2 day itinerary planned by my brother we commenced on our journey to Sikkim although we knew two days won't be enough to explore the beautiful himalayan destination in the east.
We took a flight from New Delhi and landed at the Bagdogra International airport which is around 16 km from Siliguri in West Bengal. My brother picked us up and we drove ahead to Tarkhola for the night. After a night of exhausted slumber I woke up the next morning to a view of gurgling stream waters and lush green mountains from my window...ah!..pure bliss!
Soon we were ready and raring to start our much awaited Sikkim Trip! We first drove to a town called Rangpo that is situated along the Teesta river. It is the first town in Sikkim on the Siliguri Gangtok highway and is also known as the Gateway to Sikkim. Sadly, much later that year, Rangpo was significantly damaged by the Sikkim earthquake.
After another few hours we reached Gangtok- the capital of Sikkim. is one of the most visited tourist city in the eastern part of India. The city is a prominent hub of Buddhist culture and has several monasteries. The mall road or M.G. Road is an impressive pollution free road that is off limits to vehicles. The first thing we did on reaching there was to take a tour of the city via the cable car ride that is a very popular tourist attraction. The ride gave us splendid views of the city, the mountains and the terraced fields.