Drive up to one of the highest hill stations in India home to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway World Heritage Site and of course the mighty Kanchenjunga; the world’s third highest peak. You will get to visit all the major sights Darjeeling has to offer and then ride down through winding rough roads tour to bring you to Sikkim, a landlocked Indian state that was itself a Kingdom up until the 1970s. Here be prepared to be awe struck as you ride through high mountain roads and deep valleys.
Sikkim is a landlocked state of India, and the last to give up its monarchy and fully integrate into India in 1975. Located in the Himalayan mountains, the state is bordered by Nepal to the west, China’s Tibet Autonomous Region to the north and northeast, and Bhutan to the east and the Indian state of West Bengal to the south. Sikkim is nonetheless geographically diverse due to its location in the Himalayas; the climate ranges from subtropical to high alpine, and Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak, is located on Sikkim’s border with Nepal. Sikkim is a popular tourist destination, owing to its culture, scenery and biodiversity. It also has the only open land border between India and China. Sikkim’s capital and largest city is Gangtok. Almost 25% of the state is covered by the Kanchenjunga National Park. According to legend, the Buddhist guru Padmasambhava visited Sikkim in the 8th century CE, introduced Buddhism and foretold the era of the Sikkimese monarchy. Sikkim’s Namgyal Dynasty was established in 1642. Over the next 150 years, the kingdom witnessed frequent raids and territorial losses to Nepalese invaders. In the 19th century, it allied itself with British India, eventually becoming a British protectorate. In 1975, a referendum abolished the Sikkimese monarchy, and the territory instead became part of India.