In 2010 I visited North Sikkim for the first time, with my college friends. I used to ride a bike then and from that time I dreamt about riding to North Sikkim. Time has passed and I shifted from bikes to cars, but the dream was still there. Many people have been to Leh and other places but very few could manage to North Sikkim. And to be honest I hardly know 2 or 3 people who has done the full circuit in their cars. Not because its tough, because there are certain rule by Sikkimese Govt which doesnt allow private vehicles. But they do allows bikers. So cheer up if you want to ride !!!
It is very hard for me to find a new place everytime. Most of the cities are already covered so we try to find remote country sides. Everyone is already aware of the fascinating English country sides. The old small houses in the villages are beautiful. They have their own pattern and unlike the towns or cities they are mostly empty, which means very few people live there and ofcourse you wont get any Indian restaurant here. So you can get a taste of traditional things.
When we reached Needle point tourist spot it was drizzling. It was 1 mile walk from the parking to the needle point. On top of that heavy wind made the walk difficult. We somehow reached the needle point and had a hot cup of coffee at a coffee shop. The Needle was a site for military use, so you can see old military items. The place also has a watch light house which is automated since 1994.
As we planned to keep our trip short the next stop was extreme east of the island - Shanklin Beach. We took the below route to Shanklin as this one was the most beautiful one. This route passed through villages and coasts. We stopped at one place after seeing a man selling burgers and hot dogs in his caravan.
This being one of the first road trips we were more than happy that we had a beautiful road trip and came back safely
Hotel- Weston Manner B&B. The rate was 40 pounds per person at that time. Might have gone up.
This is an old travelogue. In the year 2012 I was living at a place called Watford. Watford is only 30 mins from Central London and the last London Overground station. We planned to go to Isle of Wight because it was nearby. But instead of taking public transport we decided to hire a car. This was one of my earliest road trips in the UK. Out of many Bengali staying with us only 1 agreed to join me.