Day 1: BAGDOGRA AIRPORT (IXB) – RUMTEK (1750 M) 125 kms / 4 ½ hrs
Arrive at Bagdogra Airport. Drive via Siliguri and then through the dense forests of Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary to reach Sevok in the foothills – see gorgeous view of Tista River as it comes out from the deep gorges of the Himalayas and spreads itself over the vast plains of North Bengal. From here the drive is on winding roads along the meandering emerald green Tista till Singtham, and then through typical Sikkimese mountainside dotted alluringly with terraced land & orchards to finally reach Rumtek: a small, serene & peaceful village on the hill opposite bustling Gangtok. Rest of the day at leisure. Please note: you could also fly into Pakyong Airport (PYG) which is currently connected with Kolkata & Guwahati airports by daily flights. Gangtok is about a 1 hr drive from here and Rumtek about 2 hrs.