Whenever Teesta river has been in news, it is mostly because of the ongoing water sharing disputes around it with our neighbour, Bangladesh. This 414km river, originating from the jewel of Northeast, Sikkim, never got the fame it rightly deserved within the travelling community of India. Flowing through the length of Sikkim, the river is a lifeline of the people. It comes into existence from Pauhunri Glacier near Khangchung lake, gushes down the Himalayan mountains of Sikkim, goes through West Bengal before entering Bangladesh and finally merging into Brahmaputra.
Teesta makes an incredible journey through the heart of Sikkim, giving travellers a chance to witness the stunning landscape around it. Here, I have mapped out an epic road trip which will take you through the journey of this river.
Total distance covered: 223km
Time taken: 5 days
Suggested route: Gangtok – Kalimpong – Darjeeling – Siliguri – Jalpaiguri
The journey begins from Gangtok, which is well connected with the rest of the country by road and air.
Best time to take this road trip
The ideal time would be to go in the months of March-April, the winter is just over and its not too hot. You can still witness the snow covered peaks and the river is at its full flow.