It was an afternoon in the sweltering heat of the summer in Bagdogra (West Bengal, India). I was inside a taxi with my uncle and my grandparents. We were headed for a new experience to, you guessed it, Sikkim. More specifically, Gangtok. We had just started a four-hour drive, from landing at the airport in Bagdogra, to Gangtok where we would start our vacation.
During the drive, we saw the training areas of the ITBP (Indo-Tibet Border Police). We were also driving through a wildlife sanctuary on our way up north. We were fascinated by the way people of the northern areas of Bengal lived. They grew corn, of which we bought some on the way. They had a completely different style of clothing, using shawls with white patterns woven into them. It was cold even on a summer night. Going through these areas we learned a lot about these people.
As we continued up the road, we reached the river Teesta, where the side we were on was West Bengal and the other side was Sikkim. We also stopped at a tavern right after crossing into Sikkim, where the view was amazing.
By the time it was dark, which was very early, we reached our hotel in Gangtok. Knowing that tomorrow was a bigger and completely new experience, we took a good night’s rest at the hotel, bags still packed to leave early the next day.
The Teesta river forms a border between West Bengal and Sikkim. It is also referred to as the lifeline of Sikkim.