Zuluk, a small village in East Sikkim, part of Silk Route Tour above 10,000 ft. of sea level gaining popularity as amongst the tourists because of its natural virginity, unspoiled nature and amazing Himalayan beauty.
Catching a glimpse of the snow-capped mountain ranges or sun rising on the sea from the window of the hotel room is something that you might have experienced a lot of times during your Silk Route Tour. Have you ever discovered yourself at a place so serene where even the wind is audible?
Have you ever stayed a night at a remote village on the lap of a valley guarded by high mountains covered with lush greeneries?
If you are trying to visualize it then stop imagining and pack your bags for Zuluk Tour, a hamlet at an altitude of over 10,000 feet in the Eastern part of Sikkim. Zuluk is a small village with a limited number of houses on a valley on the way to the Old Silk Route. Once upon a time, Chinese traders used to come to India crossing the border to sell silk products and that's why the route has been named Silk Route.
Though days of silk trading are gone and you can see Army jawans, jeeps and tents here and there on the slopes, the scenic beauty of the hamlet will surely mesmerize you. For its location at a high altitude and extreme climatic conditions, Zuluk has not yet witnessed what you call a crowd. It is still a virgin destination that you can explore on your feet. Though a few hotels have started offering comfortable accommodation, the real charm of this tour is Zuluk Homestay which is being offered by some local villagers. Certainly, these traditional village houses lag way behind in competition with hotels, in terms of comfort and convenience, you will get a local feel, which will make your relation with the village even more intimate.
Package Name : Magical Zuluk Tour
Tour Duration : 3 Nights & 4 Days
Places to Visit : Sillery Gaon-1N / Zuluk-1N / Rongpokhola-1N
Altitude of Zuluk : 9,400 feet / 2,865 m [Coordinates - 27.2518°N 88.7775°E]
Altitude of Sillery Gaon : 6,000 feet [Coordinates - 27.14°N 88.58°E]
Pickup and Drop : Bagdogra Airport [IXB] / NJP Station / Siliguri Bus Stand
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|NJP||Zuluk||4 hr 58 min (133.9 km) via NH10|
|Bagdogra||Zuluk||4 hr 59 min (137.9 km) via NH10|
|Siliguri||Zuluk||4 hr 47 min (129.0 km) via NH10|
|Gangtok||Zuluk||3 hr 31 min (91.6 km) via NH10|
|Rangpo||Zuluk||2 hr 23 min (54.0 km) via Rangpo-Rorathang Rd|
|Sillery Gaon||Zuluk||3 hr 13 min (73.1 km) via NH 717A|
|Rongli||Zuluk||1 hr 24 min (29.7 km) via Dzuluk-Nathang Valley Part I Rd|
|Tsomgo Lake||Zuluk||2 hr 6 min (51.3 km) via JN Rd|
|Aritar||Zuluk||1 hr 53 min (41.1 km) via Rhenock - Rongli Hwy|
|Gnathang||Zuluk||1 hr 6 min (23.2 km) via Dzuluk-Nathang Valley Part I Rd|
|Reshikhola||Zuluk||2 hr 4 min (48.8 km) via Rhenock - Rongli Hwy|
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During Zuluk Tour, travellers can visit some of the best astonishing places around Zuluk like:
Meet & greet on arrival at NJP/Siliguri and start for Zuluk Package Tour. On the way first proceed towards Sillery Gaon. Sillery Gaon is also known as New Darjeeling. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Sillery is a place synonymous with peace, calm and serenity. We promise you a place that is miles away from everything that you would want to leave behind, yet so close to everything that you dream of. Have lunch at Sillery Gaon. Overnight stay at Sillery Gaon.
Address : Upper Kashyone, Sillary Gaon, Kalimpong, West Bengal 734311
After breakfast, start for Zuluk Tour Package via Rongli Dam, Lingtam, Lingtam Monastery, Keukhela Falls. Reach Zuluk right in time for lunch.
Rongli - Rongli is a small township located East Sikkim on the bank of river Rongli. The Inner Line Permit (ILP) for visit towards Nathula granted over there.
Rongli Dam - The Rongli dam is a concrete dam on the Rongli river with a height of 41m and can hold 45,200 cubic meters of water.
Lingtam - Lingtam is a small village next after the Rongli permit zone at an altitude of 5000 feet from sea level. It's known for his sun kissed peaceful weather surrounded by the hills of all it four sides. You can visit Lingtam Monestry also.
Keukhela Falls - The Keukhela falls or Kali Khola falls located on the way of the old silk route in between Lingtam and Padamchen. This fall is 100m in heights and beautifully surrounded by scenic nature. Reach zuluk before lunch.
Zuluk - This is the place where you are heading in this Zuluk Tour Package. Zuluk is a small village in East Sikkim, part of Old Silk Route 10,000 ft. above the sea level gaining popularity amongst the tourists because of its natural virginity, unspoiled nature and amazing Himalayan beauty. Catching a glimpse of the snow capped mountain ranges or sun rising on the sea from the window of the hotel room is something that you might have experienced a lot of times. Overnight stay at Zuluk.
Address: Zuluk, Sikkim 737131
Address: Zuluk, Sikkim 737131
After breakfast, enjoy the beauty of Thambi View Point, 95 Turns, Lungthung, Laxman Chowk, GNathang Valley, Tukla Valley, Kalapokhari, Old Baba Mandir, Four Lake Point, Memencho Lake view Point, Jelep-la Pass View and reach Kupup 13,900ft. Don’t miss the Elephant lake At Kupup. Here also see the highest cool water polo ground at kupup.
After completion your sightseeing, you will be transferred for Rangpokhola Tour from Zuluk and enjoy the music of Rangpo river. You can also indulge yourself in the luxury of bathing and fishing in the crystal clear Rangpo River. Following are the places that we will cover during the trip :
Zig Zag Road - Zig Zag road or Bhulbhuliya is a one in kind of road in the entire Sikkim. This spiral road has so many hairpins bent and counts as the top 10 dangerous roads in the world. one can get a splendid view of Zuluk from every hairpin bend of the road.
Thambi viewpoint - At a distance of 14 km from Zuluk and at a height of 11200ft Thambi viewpoint offers a splendid view of Mt Kanchenjhangha and another snowcapped mountain. It is located on a famous hairpin bent named zigzag road or bhulbhuliya and a must-see spot.
Suspension Bridge - Visit the hidden treasure of Punakha Valley, the longest suspension bridge over River Fo (Father River).
Lungthung - Lungthung is a small village located at a height of 11600ft on the old silk route and it offers a panoramic view of Mt Kanchenjhangha.
Tukla Valley - Another must-stop destination is Tukla valley at an altitude of 11600 ft. You also find a war memorial over there in the memory of British soldiers fought in the War of Tukla.
Jeelpla Pass View - Jeelp-la pass which means The Lovely Level Pass located nearby Tukla valley at an altitude of almost 14000ft. It is a mountain pass between India and Tibet Autonomous Region (China). It directly connects India to Lhasa in Tibet and used by ancient traders of the Silk route. Although it is higher than Nathula pass but the easiest pass among the entire pass in Sikkim. Nowadays the pass is prohibited for civilians.
Old Baba Mandir - Old Baba Mandir is dedicated to Baba Harbhajan Singh the martyr of 23 regiments of the Indian army. It is the original bunker of Baba where he stayed during the Indo China War in 1962. The temple is maintained by the Indian army. Finally, reach Gnathan valley before lunch.
Gnathang Valley - Or Nathang Valley is popularly called the "Ladakh of East India". Situated at the height of 13,000 ft. above the sea level, Nathang Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Old Silk Route Tour surrounded by snow-capped hills and mountain landscape. Nathang Valley is the most scenic destination in the whole of Old Silk Route. Few streams crisscross the valley and prayer flags flutter on the mountain edges on this vast plain of nothingness. Nathang Valley appears in different colors at different times of the year. In autumn it looks golden when the grass dries up, in the rainy season it's covered in flowers and in winter it is buried in 5 feet of snow. Overnight stay at Gnathan valley.
Address: Address: Sikkim 737131
Proceed towards NJP /IXB with Sweet memory of Silk Route Tour
Gnathang Valley or Nathang Valley is popularly called the "Ladakh of East India". Situated at the height of 13,000 ft. above the sea level, Nathang Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Old-Silk-Route. Surrounded by snow-capped hills and mountain landscape. Chinese Watch Towers on Jelep La are clearly visible from Nathang valley in naked eyes. This area is being developed as a Ski point in Sikkim and now it is the closest ski resort from Calcutta. This is a remote valley with a meandering stream crisscrossing it. Nathang is the highest location to stay in the Indian part of the Old Silk Route. It is one of the remotest Tibetan habitations in the Himalayas. Nathang Valley usually remains covered with thick snow from January to April.
Reshikhola (Rishi Khola alias Rishikhola) is a small valley situated on the bank of the river Reshi at an altitude of 2,000ft in the Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling district. Reshikhola got its name from river Reshi. In the local language, "Khola" means River. This calm and quiet place is an ideal destination to stay away from the city's madding crowd. Tourists can enjoy nature in its purest form here. The resort on the bank of the river gives the sound of the stream with a pure cool breeze that is the right choice for the nature lovers. The place is surrounded by lush green forests and mountains. Tourists can enjoy the luxury of bathing and fishing in the clear Reshi River.
Welcome to cool calm and quite Himalayan mountain village Sillery Gaon or Sillari Gaon from today's fast world!! The place is also known New Darjeeling Far away from the din and bustle of the city, Sillery is a place synonymous to peace, calm and serenity we promise you a completely different experience. We promise you a place that is miles away from everything that you would want to leave behind, yet so close to everything that you dream of.
Rongli is a very small village well preserved in the lap of the foothills of the Himalayas. A small town in the eastern part of the country the village is probably one of the most ancient routes towards Kapup & Nathula , if one considers traveling from towards North Sikkim. Rongpo River crosses the heart of Rongli, hence the name.
Aritar, an isolated place in the Rongli subdivision of Sikkim is located on the edge of the Himalayas. Exclusive, remote retreats, with panoramic Himalayan views that will make your soul soar. Aritar is known for its natural beauty and landscape as the place is bounded by the mighty Himalaya Mountains on all sides.
Darjeeling has been synonymous with the snow-covered beauty of Kanchenjunga for ages. Certainly, the charm of this hill station, appropriately nicknamed as the 'Queen of the Hills' is unparalleled, but the availability of information and images on the web has made Darjeeling a very common place to visit. Even if you haven't visited the place for long, you know what is waiting for you there. But the district of Darjeeling, spread over the gigantic mountains of North Bengal is a vast area and is ornamented with plenty of other sites, that very few people knew about even a few years back. Thanks to the endless desire of exploration that some people have, such places are now gaining popularity as tourist spots. One such spot is Ramdhura, a quaint hamlet on the edge of the mountains, near Kalimpong, another big jewel in the dazzling crown of Darjeeling district.
Sikkim, the state of green mountains in the North-Eastern part of the country has become synonymous with names like Tsango Lake, Nathula Pass, Baba Mandir and the capital city of Gangtok. But in reality, Sikkim is a paradise where travelers have lots and lots of other things to witness and places to visit. There are innumerable treasures in the gem box of Sikkim which do not enjoy the attention, which the prime tourist spots do, though many of these are equally charming and breathtakingly beautiful, if not more.
Zuluk is located at an ALtitude of 2,865m or 9,400ft above sea level.
In general, Indian citizens don't require any permit to enter Sikkim, but as the place is bordering China, hence for security purpose a special permit is required to enter some strategically important places in Sikkim like Nathula Pass, Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir and Zuluk.
To obtain the permit you need to produce photocopy of your identity proof (voter Card, Aadhar Card, Driving Licence) with passport size photograph to any travel agency you can find in Mal road in Gangtok. Guests must bring several photocopies of their document as some time it may be difficult to make the photocopy there. If possible try to make the permit from Gangtok day before travelling and by this way you can save a day as most of the permits are done in morning hours.
Another easy way to get the permit is to contact your hotel staff, and they will make the permit for you with little or no charges. In this way you can get some free time to explore Gangtok.
There is also another way to get the permit for Zuluk. On the way to Kupup, Nathula or Zuluk permit can be obtained from Rongli - a small village in this ancient route in lieu of 100 or 200 Indian currency.
For all foreigners, a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is a must to enter Sikkim. With this permit guests can travel some of the places in Sikkim but not all the places. To visit places like Nathula, Gurudongmar Lake, Zuluk, foreign visitors need to produce valid Passport and Visa to get a special permit.
The answer is – it depends.
End of March to June is peak season for Zuluk travel. Clear sky, good natural view with blooming rhododendron and greenery in lower altitude.
July to September is considered as offseason due to rain and landslide. If you are keen to travel during this time, a good discount on hotel or home stay will be an award for you.
Again October to November is the best season with chill weather, clear sky provides some of the best view of Himalayan mountain range with Kanchenjunga.
December to January is also top season with snow covered mountain, zigzag roads with Switzerland like feeling.
Of course yes. Visit this place in winter, you will be under 4ft fluffy white snow. Having snow, playing with snowball and making a snow man will be unforgettable experience in your life.
The summer is also charming with clear view of Himalayan mountain range and multicoloured blooming rhododendron flower. In short Zuluk is absolutely worth to visit..
It depends upon the road you choose.
If you are travelling Zuluk from Gangtok via Nathula, Kupup, Nathang Valley - the distance is almost 100 km and it takes almost 4 to 5 hrs depending upon the weather condition.
The Route Map is:
Gangtok - Changu Lake - Baba Temple - Kupup - Tukla Valley - Nathang Valley - Lungthung - Thambi - Zuluk
You can travel to Zuluk from Gangtok via rongli also. It is also 110 km distance and takes nearly 4.30 to 5.30 hrs depending upon the weather condition.
The Route Map is :
Gangtok - Singtam - Rangpo - Rorathang - Rongli - Lingtam - Phadamchen - Zuluk
Gangtok to Zuluk has two routes to approach:
Route 1: Gangtok - Tsomgo Lake - New Baba Mandir - Nathang Valley - Kupup - Zuluk
Route 2: Kalimpong - Pedong - Aritra - Rhenock - Rongli - Phadamchen - Zuluk
Zuluk has no ATM facility, so withdrawing cash is impossible. So if you have a plan to travel Zuluk, then arrange adequate cash from NJP or Siliguri or Gangtok.
Private car in this part of Sikkim is not allowed, so before planning Zuluk Trip, think it again as only vehicles registered in Sikkim can travel there.
Silk Route, Zuluk Tour Package Reviews
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"This is my first Silk Route Tour with Ravangla with NatureWings and this was a fabulous trip. The cab driver Mr. Ganesh who was the key person in making this trip awsome. I would recommend anybody to book their vacations through NatureWings."
"NATUREWINGS organasied our Silk Route Tour on last November 18 with transport and staying and they did provide some real good homestays with excellent food. The office staffs, especially AKASH DUTTA did help a lot through out the tour and before journey uncertainties were taken care and solved.
The organised the most beautiful homestay in most of the places, especially the homestay at upper Mankhim was such a bliss... I would request them to rethink about the ZULUK staying as it was not upto the mark at all.
We had some issues with delayed pick up and change of driver with the car but it ended happily...we were there during Diwali so they had their own emotional engagement. But it seemed managing car is a problem to most of the tourist as you cannot communicate with them when its needed. Bur we did have a safe journey.
overall the experience was good but apart from AKASH we did not get the needed communication from anyone from the agency.But it is such a great place and tour to remember these things...I wish them good luck."
"Thnks Naturewings and specially Thank you Avijit for your hospitality ...
Our trip was so well designed by you that we traveled entire silk route with ease. Home stay where we staid for over night halt were awesome and received a warm welcome from the house owners. Views from home stay were so so mesmerizing that we can't describe with our words .... Very well designed in a very very short time span ... We are very very happy ... every single rupee of our expense was worth while. we give a big big thanks to dear AVIJIT and also Akash of NATUREWINGS who always staid connected to us during the trip ... thanks guys .. you have a great experience ..."
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"When we have plan to visit the Silk Route as well as Silerigaon, I came to know tha name of The NatureWings Holidays from fb and subsequently I have called & mailed. They assist and arrange the all necessary arrangement like honestay, car everything. At the time of journey we are in train blockade bt they contact us time to time by phone specially Akash and the driver who are waiting at NJP. They provide us nice and decorated homestay and provided us all necessary whatever we have want. Their commitment are truely proved when we visited with them. Their service is too good to travel their agents. We have visited 20/05/2018 to 25/05/2018. I think The Nature Wings Holiday is deserves to get five star. In future again We want to travel with them."
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"Awesome arrangement. Very good selection of every homestay in silk route tour, specially in Sillery Gaon. Very good view from this homestay. Food is good, specially in Reshi khola. Thanks Abhijit & Soumalya. I will contact you if I go another time in Sikkim"
"We had visited the silk route from 10th of March to 13th of March. All necessary things were provided by Naturewings. Transportation, fooding, lodging everything was up to the mark. Although, we were not able to visit Nathang Valley due to heavy snowfall, but the alternate plan was executed in a hassle-free manner."
"We are the two family visit to Silk route by conducted with Naturewings. Their arrangement are very satisfactory and specially Mr. Soumalya Ghosh, Sr. Sales consultant and Priyanka of this agency very nice and co-operate with us time to time from the very beginning of the tour till now i. e. after complete the tour. Their behavior and hospitality and arrangement also pleasant us. Apart from this entire tour was satisfactory. I hope in future their hospitality and arrangement will more vigilant."
"Just returned from Silk Route Tour through Naturewings from 22nd to 27th Jan'2018. Plan was from NJP to Sillery Gaon - Mankhim - Zuluk - Nathang n kupup n again Zuluk - Reshikhola - Baghdogra. Trip was really a memorable one. We got snow fall at zuluk but due to that we could not reach till nathang n kupup as heavy fog n snowfall but we reached till thambi which is also a great viewpoint. This was 1st snowfall of this season so we are lucky enough to get the same. Driver given to us was a fantastic guide cum driver. Overall in a nutshell it was a great n very good organized trip planned by naturewings and made our trip really memorable.. will update few snaps n tag naturewings for sure.."
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