The drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok takes you from the Indian state of West Bengal to Sikkim.
On the way, there are Hindu temples on the side of the road:
Gorgeous tea plantations with shimmering light green leaves ready to be plucked as first flush tea:
A Buddhist site filled with prayer flags:
Shops selling spicy hot pickle:
And the confluence of two rivers (the Teesta and the Rangit):
The road descends into a valley, where it lazily winds its way along the riverbank, as does the construction:
And then the road ascends higher and higher, up to Gangtok at 1650 metres.
And let me tell you, Gangtok is magical. I have so much to share!!!! Stay tuned!!!!