Traveling from Bangalore to Bagdogra
We started from home around 10 at night, went to the bus stop and caught the flybus to the airport. I use flybus for multiple reasons; they are on time, safe and economical,and again we should support and use more of public transport system .
We reached Banglore airport around 2:45 in the morning. Walked around for a while and had a few things. I had my regular black coffee with no sugar from hatti kaapi and a vada pav. Though they were delicious ,I still missed the ones I had from Mumbai. Then we went on and completed the check-in and security check. And waited at gate 5 for boarding.
We used the Indigo Airlines to fly from Bangalore to Bagdogra. Now why did I fly to Bagdogra and not to Gangtok directly? Well,flights at the Sikkim / Gangtok (Pakyong) airport are not regular, as many a times the climate does not support the 100th Airport of India. This airport in Sikkim is the highest airport (4500 ft above sea level) in India. I desperately wanted to fly to this airport, but hard luck..
We boarded the flight at around 4:50 am and landed in Bagdogra at 8:10am…which was 20 mins prior to the expected arrival time. We were at Bagdogra in West Bengal, about 16 kms from Siliguri. Bagdogra Airport is managed by AAI (Airport Authority of India) and looks somewhat like the Port Blair Veer Savarkar Airport. (Check out my Andaman trip, you will love it!). Everything went well, I didn’t do much of vlogging as it looked more like an army airport and I don’t want to put myself in hot water!We collected the luggage from the airport and found Mr. Puran our driver for the Sikkim trip!
Bagdogra Airport to Pelling
We got into a Mahindra Xylo SUV which is one of the most used vehicles in the Northeastern region of India . We drove out of Bagdogra and stopped at a restaurant somewhere in Siliguri for our lunch / brunch.
Stay at Pelling – Hotel Golden Sunrise
The drive from Siliguri to Pelling was pleasant, we drove through the forest, beautiful views, landscapes, etc. The roads were fine. At Bagdogra and Siliguri, the temperature was high, we were with minimal clothings, but as we started climbing higher, we had to get our warm cloths out.
The condition of the roads started deteriorating as we moved towards Pelling. You do not find any big / high end restaurants, but you can see many small hotels / tea shops with toilet facilities.
We kinda puzzled to see VERY few vehicles during our travel to Pelling, which we later realised was because of Elections.
Reached Pelling after about 6 hours of drive, checked into a hotel Golden Sunrise. View from the hotel room was amazing, we could see Kanchenjunga from our widows.
We did not have anything much to do, so we had some hot food, settled down. We came out for dinner, but unfortunately as mentioned, due to elections, many good restaurants were closed. We wanted to have our dinner at a restaurant called melting point, which never opened till we left Pelling.
Video of Sikkim Trip Day 1
Sikkim Travel 2019
- Planning the Trip
- Sikkim Day 1 – Mysore to Bangalore to Bagdogra to Pelling
- Sikkim Day 2 – Exploring Pelling – Places to Visit in Pelling Skywalk, Rimbi water falls, Khecheopalri Lake, Rabdentse Ruins
- Sikkim Day 3 – Drive to Gangtok, Buddha Park Ravangla, Namchi Chardham, Temi Tea Garden, Samdrupte Monastery
- Sikkim Day 4 – Drive to Lachen, Naga / Seven Sisters Water Falls
- Sikkim Day 5 – Drive to Lachung, Thangu Chapta Valley
- Sikkim Day 6 – Drive to Gangtok, Yumesamdong (Zero Point), Yumthang Valley, Mt Katau
- Sikkim Day 7 – Exploring Gangtok
- Sikkim Day 8 – Zuluk, Gnathang Valley, Zigzag road, Aritar , Lingtam
- Sikkim Day 9 – Exploring Aritar Village , Lingtam, Home stay
- Sikkim Day 10 – Drive to Darjeeling