sikkim story part 1

A trip to Sikkim – Part 1

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.


The Teesta River as seen on the way from Bagdogra to Gangtok. The Teesta river is also referred to as the lifeline of Sikkim
On way from Bagdogra to Gangtok -the Teesta river


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.





  1. That is an extremely smart written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and return to learn extra of your useful information. Thank you for the post. I will certainly return.

    1. Thank you for reading. I am happy you find the information useful. Sikkim is a beautiful place. Part 2 of my article on A Trip to Sikkim shall be coming soon!

  2. […] is part of a series on my trip to Sikkim in 2017. You can read about reaching Gangtok in  A trip to Sikkim–Part 1 , about Lachen in A trip to Sikkim – Part 2  and about Gurudongmar lake in A trip to Sikkim […]

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