Zuluk, is a secret destination in old Silk Route , located at an altitude of 10,000ft in the Eastern Himalayan mountain range in the East Sikkim is an up growing popular offbeat tourist destination. Zuluk is an eco-village set in the middle of a forest with orchards blooming in and around it. Here, you’ll find serenity and the kind of calm where if you listen hard enough, you may hear your heart beat. It is still a virgin destination in the silk route, which was opened to the tourists’ couple of years back only. No phones in the rooms, no television to distract there’s only music – of the cool mountain breeze, complimented by swinging of the leaves and the birds flapping their wings in unison.
Padamchen, another brand new virgin beauty in Silk Route just a couple of Kilometers away from Zuluk recently opened its doors to the tourists with all its natural beauty, serenity and lots of flora and fauna.
Zuluk is located on the Old Historic Silk Route which started from Kalimpong and went through Pedong, Aritar, and Jelep la to Tibet. This place derives its importance due to its charming view of the Eastern Himalayan mountain range including Kanchenjunga. The land around Zuluk is still a virgin territory and is bathed with alpine vegetation, with numerous waterfalls lining the hillside.
Zuluk has moderate climate throughout the year. The summer months are very colourful as the hills are covered with varieties of flowers. Winter season experiences freezing temperature and snowfall. A few km drive from Zuluk through zigzag road one can reach Thambi View Point at an altitude of 11,200ft to experience the spectacular view of sunrise on Kanchenjunga. From Thambi view point, the stunning zig zag road is the one and unique in this entire Sikkim region. This 95 turn zigzag road is the most beautiful place in the Silk route. Further ahead one can reach Adi Baba Mandir, Kalpokhri, Memenchu Lake, Kupup Lake and Gnathang valley via Lungthung. This area offers enormous relaxation to tourists as it is far away from the madding crowd of the metropolis.
Location & How to Reach: Zuluk is a small village in East Sikkim. It is located close to Rongli town, around 32 Km from Rongli.
|Place from||To||Distance (KM)||Approx Road Journey Time
|Sillery Gaon||Zuluk||76||4 hrs|
By Rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in West Bengal is the closest railway station. A drive of around 6-6½hours drive form NJP will take one to Zuluk.
By Air: Nearest airport is Bagdogra. One can reach Zuluk by 7hrs drive from Bagdogra.
By Road: Zuluk can be reached from Siliguri by various hired vehicles in roughly 6-6½hours. Tourists can also travel to Zuluk from Gangtok in roughly 3½-4 hours by hiring vehicles.
Nearest town- Rongli , 33 km from Zuluk
Accommodation: There are no traditional hotels in Zuluk. Naturewings offers their guests an exclusive Eco Nature Resort with all facilities. All rooms are provided with geyser, western-type toilet, floor carpets. Facilities for secure car parking are also available.
On Demand Services
• Camp Fire
• Guided jungle Tour
|Package: Zuluk is part of the NatureWings’s most favorite package Unforgettable Silk Route Trail.|
There are lots of places around Zuluk where tourists can go for sightseeing. Thambi view point, Lungthang, Kupup, Memencho Lake, Old Baba Mandir, Gnathan valley Nathula gate are some of the sightseeing spots around Zuluk. Tourist can reach Gangtok from Zuluk after seeing these spots.
Thambi view point – Thambi view point is close to Zuluk and it is best view point of 95 turn zig zag road. The 95 turn zigzag road is the only one in its nature in the entire Himalayan range.. The Thambi view point at an altitude of 11,200 ft also provides excellent view of sunrise of Mt Kanchenjangha.
Kupup Lake – Kupup lake at an altitude of 14,000ft is another famous tourist place in east Sikkim. It is also called Elephant lake as its shape is just like an elephant. The Ice hockey ground ,the Yak Golf Course, the Elephant lake are main attraction in Kupup.Yak Golf Course is the highest golf course in the world and Kupup lake hosts the waterpolo game and it is also the highest water polo lake in the world.From Kupkup tourists can go for Jeelep La pass.
Adi Baba Mandir – The shrine of sepahi Baba Harbhajan, who died as he fell from horse back on to a gorge while on duty, is popularly known as Baba Mandir. This mandir, located 60km away from Gangtok, is worshiped by local people as well as army officials. This Mandir hosts all the memories of Baba Harbhajan Singh.
Gnathang / Nathang Valley- Nearest world class ski resort from Kolkata. It is now open for the tourists. In the winter the perfect gradient for the ski makes it the favorite destination for all ski lovers and common tourists. This Nathang /Gnathang valley is also the oldest village in the North East Sikkim and is around 200 years old. You can also find British Soldier Graveyard here..Naturewings can also arrange stay in Nature Resort Bunglows and HomeStays
Menmecho lake – Memencho lake is located in the North East of Sikkim. It can be reached from Zuluk in 2 hrs drive. The lake is cradled between the mountains of Jeelep La. It is also the source of river Rongpo-Chu. This river Rongpo Chi meets Tista as Rongpo. This lake gets its water from the melting snow from the strems just below the jelep-la. This lake is located 60 km away from Gangtok.
Climate: Summer 10ºC to20ºC, Winter–5ºC to 2ºC
Altitude: 9000 ft
Special Requirements: A special Inner Line Permit is required to reach Zuluk. All tourists are required to carry one original Indian ID proof document along with one photocopy. Naturewings arranges the necessary permits for the tourists.
Clothing & Luggage: Travel as light as possible with least minimum clothes, toiletries and other essential commodities & as these areas is cold throughout the year it is advisable to carry warm woolen clothes, woolen mittens, gloves, cap etc. During the month of Dec to Feb , Zuluk is very cold and often experiences heavy snowfall. Please carry heavy woolen garments during winter.
Food And Drink: Drink only bottled water. Please carry your water from Rongli, Pedong ,or Siliguri. Since this area doesn’t have any single shop , it is always advisable to carry dry foods like biscuits, chips, dry fruits, fruits etc.
Foreign Liquors / Alcohols are not also available in Zuluk.
Health Facility & Health Precautions: It is advisable to carry specific medicines as there are no pharmacy shops in Zuluk. Always carry a kit of the basic emergency medicines you might need for diarrhea, fever etc, also band aids and an antiseptic ointment. The nearest health facility /medicine shop is available at Rongli.
Card Payment & ATM: Credit/Debit Card is not accepted in Zuluk. In Zuluk there is also no ATM. Please carry cash for all your transactions.
Telephone / Mobile phones: Most of the major mobile operator covers Zuluk. However, in many occasions signals are not strong. It is advisable to carry mobiles phones from two different mobile service providers.
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