Before we embark on the epic journey of Silk Route Package Tour, let's understand first what this Silk Route actually is. Silk Route, also known as the Silk Road, the wondrous Old Silk Route is located in east Sikkim of India and is considered to be an integral part of the ancient nexus of trade routes that connected India to China. This famous archaic route passes through Lhasa, Nathu-La, Jeep-La Pass and ultimately to the port of Tamluk, which is presently located in West Bengal. From there the route is through the sea until the land is reached. Discovered by traders in the early first century AD, the Ajker Silk Route has become popular as a tourist destination in recent times. Go through this adorable silk route tour package Itinerary, see our Silk Route Package Tour Cost, you will like this. We, the NatureWings are the best Silk Route Travel Agent in Kolkata for Silk Route Package Tour from NJP.
Due to its high altitude (Gnathang, 13,200 ft), serenity and breathtaking Himalayan view, Silk Route is now very much popular among travelers especially from Kolkata during Summer Vacation and Puja Holidays. Silk Route, secretly located at East Sikkim is very less known to travelers but an absolute paradise to behold. Adorned with natural lakes, snow capped mountains, roads with hairpin curves, and unadulterated natural beauty, this is a perfect bliss to be in Silk Route.
Nowadays people are really tired up with tedious and stressful life due to recent Covid-19 pandemic and they really want to run off to have some fresh breath. Even those who love the absolute serenity and want to be with proximity of nature, for them a Silk Route Package Tour from Kolkata is a perfect option to be with self and spend some quality time with friends, families and love once. In recent years places in Sikkim like Gangtok, North Sikkim comprising Lachen, Lachung, Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Tsomgo Lake, Pelling has become a little crowded and loud. For them NatureWings suggest booking a Silk Route Package Tour to make their holidays an everlasting sweet memory. So, let's come with us and explore the most unexplored destination of India i.e. Silk Route with our Silk Route Tour along with Deluxe and Standard Home stay with good facilities to avail the best travel experience.
Destination Covered in 5 Night 6 Days Silk Route Tour : SilleryGaon | Aritar | Zuluk | Nathang | Rongpokhola
Pickup & Drop : Bagdogra Airport [IXB] | NJP [New Jalpaiguri Station]
Altitude of SilleryGaon : 6,000 ft [27.1396° N, 88.5804° E]
Altitude of Aritar : 1,498 m [27.1879° N, 88.6748° E]
Altitude of Zuluk : 2,865 m [27.2518° N, 88.7775° E]
Altitude of Nathang : 13,500 ft [27.2986° N, 88.8173° E]
Altitude of Rongpokhola : 3,000 ft [27.2215° N, 88.6892° E]
→ NatureWings is Silk Route Tour Specialist for more than 8 years
→ Company Offers Dulux Homestays in Zuluk, Gnathang, RongpoKhola and Sillery-Gaon
→ The team of experience Passionate Travelers
→ Choice of more than 10 hands picked destinations
→ Personally visited & certified by NatureWings team
→ Expert in conducting Silk Route Group Tour
→ Complete day to day guidance and assistance from NJP to NJP by NatureWings team member
→ Every year company conduct Silk Route Group Departure in Summer Vacation and Puja Holidays
→ Always handled by NatureWings Team itself, not handed over to a Sub-Agent
|NJP||SilleryGaon||3 hr 59 min (93.6 km) via NH10|
|SilleryGaon||Aritar||2 hr 3 min (38.6 km) via NH 717A|
|Aritar / Mankhim||Zuluk||2 hr 1 min (44.4 km) via Rhenock - Rongli Hwy|
|Zuluk||Nathang||1 hr (23.2 km) via Dzuluk-Nathang Valley Part I Rd|
|Nathang||Rongpokhola||2 hr 47 min (61.0 km) via Rongli - Chujachen Rd|
|Rongpokhola||NJP||122 km via NH10|
|NJP||Ramdhura||3 hr 24 min (85.3 km) via NH10|
|Ramdhura||Reshikhola||1 hr 40 min (34.5 km) via NH 717A|
|Reshikhola||Zuluk||2 hr 4 min (48.8 km) via Rhenock - Rongli Hwy|
Actually it does not matter whether it is your family holidays or honeymoon trip, Silk Route of East Sikkim is easily accessible throughout the year. According to NatureWings - The Best Silk Route Tour specialist, the best time to travel this amazing destination is between ends of May to November which is considered as summer in Silk Route. If you travel silk route between this periods, you can experience temperature between 8°C 15°C which is very pleasant and perfect to explore the various attractions of this ancient Silk Road with full blooms of Rhododendrons and primulas. It is the most breathtaking nature view one can have during this time in Silk Route.
Here to note that due to high altitude, places like Zuluk, Gnathang, Kupup, Lungthung, and Baba Mandir remains covered under thick snow more or less around the year. Among all this places, Zuluk is one of the main attractions during Silk Route Package Tour. Zuluk is a picturesque tinny village with ever smiling, simple, great hearted people. Zuluk's main identification is the Zig-Zag roads which can be seen as picture perfect from Thambi View Point. It is very famous among travelers for mesmerizing view of sunrise at dawn and dusk. The snow capped Mt. Kanchenjungha and wide ranges of sun kissed Himalayan Mountains make this place an unparallel beauty.
Due to its high altitude, Zuluk experience heavy snowfall during winter season and the temperature can drops down below freezing point. So, NatureWings will not suggest you to travel Silk Route during this time especially between ends of December to early April despite many travelers prefer to experience adverse environment for adventure.
|April to June||Summer||9°C to 15°C|
|July to September||Monsoon||8°C to 10°C|
|October to March||Winter||-5° C to 4° C|
Silk Route is considered as a remote but pristine tourist destination which has limited modern facilities and amenities. Some travelers may have fancy conception regarding foods, facilities, amenities and hotel rooms of this place. So let's understand first some basic facts that you must know before travelling Silk Route.
→ Do not expect modern facilities in your Silk Route Package Tour as most of the places are remote villages and away from modern cities and amenities. Guests can get general facilities like western commode, running water, hot meals (mostly egg curry and local vegetables), etc but no luxury meals, furniture, tv, internet connection, cable channel, geyser, mineral water on demand, etc.
→ Staying in Nathang Valley is not recommended for children and elderly people. Situated at an altitude of 13,200 ft, Gnathang Valley or Nathang is very popular among Silk Route traveler and known as “Ladakh of the East India” due to its geographical similarities of Leh Ladakh. But on the other hand guests travelling Nathang Valley can experience dizziness, vomiting, headaches due to this extreme altitude and cold. Here to mention that night in Nathang is bitter cold and temperature can drop down to sub zero temperature. In that case NatureWings suggest elderly traveler to visit Nathang in daytime only and they must return to a lower altitude after spending some time there. If possible a portable oxygen cylinder can be carried with them for safety.
→ Guests must carry original and photocopy of ID proof like voter card, driving license, passport along with at least 2 passport size color photograph. Birth certificate or school id must be carried for the children or minor.
→ Guests must always carry enough dry fruits, nuts, chocolate and biscuits for emergency purposes as you don’t know when adverse situation like landslide, road blocks, and snow storm arrives.
→ Medicine for fever, cold, cough, headache, stomach upset, and paracetamol, ointment, band-aid, vaseline, boroline, volini sprey etc must be in the first aid box while traveling the old silk route.
→ Good amount of woolen clothes, gloves, hats, wind-protective glass, must be taken as in some places sub-zero temperature may prevail.
→ Guests must carry adequate cash in small denomination as in Old Silk Rout as there are not ATM facilities after Rongli. So, before travelling high altitude, make sure you have enough cash with you. It is better to withdraw cash from NJP or Bagdogra as there are many ATM’s. In high altitude sometime withdrawing cash may not be possible because of link failure and non-refilling of hard cash in ATMs.
→ GST is applicable to the package cost.
→ Bikers travelling to Silk Route need to carry valid documents for vehicles. If failed to produce valid paper, your Silk Route Tour adventure may land in trouble, so proper document of Bike is a strict compliance.
→ During your Silk Route Tour, NatureWings will not suggest you to consume liquor at high altitude. But if you are passionate to it, please carry your own brand with you as in high altitude, you may not find many options or your favorite brand.
→ If you visit forest area in lower altitude like SilleryGaon, Ramdhura, Rongpokhola, be careful with leeches.
→ Sikkim is a plastics free state. So please do not throw any plastic bags, bottles. You are requested to "PLEASE TAKE NOTHING BUT PICTURES AND LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS".
→ Paragliding at Delo Hills, Kalimpong
→ A soft trekking to Ramitey Dara view point, Sillery-Gaon
→ Night Campfire and Bar-B-Q in Sillery Gaon
→ Explore the ruins of Dumsung fort amidst in the forest from Sillery Gaon
→ Soak your feet and play with crystal clear water of the Reshi River
→ Trout fishing in the clear stream of the Reshi River
→ Trout fishing at Rongpokhola in the Rangpo River
→ Boating at Ariter Lake
→ Watching magnificent Sunrise from Lungthung and Thumbi Viewpoint
→ Visit Kupup Lake, one of the sacred lakes in Sikkim at 13,066ft altitude
→ You can drive further to behold the magnificent Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake at 12,310ft
→ Visit and pay respect to Old Baba Mandir
Meet & greet on arrival at NJP/IXB at very first day of Silk Route Package Tour and proceed towards Sillery Gaon. Sillery Gaon is a small village, situated at a distance of just around 10 kilometers from Delo in Kalimpong and the hamlet is winning hearts by offering a stunning view of the Kanchenjungha and the Teesta River, flowing beneath a majestic green valley. The village is situated at an altitude of 6000ft, above and a dense forest of pine and other hilly trees and cinchona plantation offers absolute tranquility, which many vacationers look for. Being a small, underdeveloped village, which has caught the limelight very recently, SilleryGaon cannot provide you with luxurious accommodation options, but once you reach the place, perhaps those luxuries will not mean much to you since SilleryGaon will delight you with its natural treasures by that time. Overnight Stay at Home Stay in SilleryGaon.
Address : Upper Kashyone, SillaryGaon, Kalimpong, West Bengal 734311
After breakfast, start for Aritar / Mankhim just on top of Lampokhri Lake [Altitude of Aritar 1,498 m]. This lake is the highest lake with a boating facility in Sikkim. Enjoy the boating in Post Lunch session. Enroute Sightseeing to Mankhim Temple, Mankhim View Point, Aritar Monastery and Aritar Dakbunglow. Overnight Stay at HomeStay in Aritar / Mankhim
Address: Aritar Road, near Shiv Mandir, Aritar, Sikkim 737133
This day is the most important day for your Silk Route Tour. After breakfast, start for Zuluk Tour via Rongli Dam, Lingtam, Lingtam Monastery, Keukhela Falls, and finally reach zuluk.
Rongli [Altitude: 5200 ft.] - Rongli is an east Sikkim small township located on the bank of river Rongli. The inner line permit 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 [Altitude 5082 ft.] - 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 [Altitude: 7000 ft.] - A small village in East Sikkim, part of Old Silk Route 10000 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 Homestay
Address: Zuluk, Sikkim 737131
Address: Zuluk, Sikkim 737131
Early morning go for sunrise from Lungthung Viewpoint. After breakfast, proceed towards Nathan valley via Zig Zag road, Thambi viewpoint, Lungthung, Tukla Valley, Jelep La Pass view, Yak golf Course and Old Baba Mandir
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 [Altitude: 11,200 ft.] - 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.
Lungthung [Altitude: 11,500 ft.] - 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 [Altitude: 12,500 ft.] - 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 [Altitude: 13,999 ft.] - 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 [Altitude: 13,123 ft.] - 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.
Nathang Valley [Altitude: 13,200 ft.] - 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.
After Breakfast, start for Rongpokhola Tour [Altitude: 6,000 ft.] from Nathang. Have lunch at Riverside 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. Overnight stay at Rongpokhola Homestay
Address: Sikkim 737131
Proceed towards NJP / IXB with Sweet memory of Silk Route Tour
→ Accommodation in the listed Hotels / Homestays
→ All Meals (Breakfast / Lunch / Evening Snacks / Dinner)
→ All transfers in an exclusive non-ac vehicle (NJP-NJP)
→ Driver allowances, fuel, toll tax
→ All permits and applicable taxes
→ All items which are not included in the inclusion list
→ Sunrise from Lungthung, Entry Fees for Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary
→ Room Heater
→ Syndicate Charge at NJP / Siliguri (Rs 200/-)
→ Zuluk Loop : 32 hair-pin curves
→ Thambi View Point : Best for Zuluk Zigzag view and Himalayan Range
→ Nathang Valley : Offer best snow all round year
→ Kupup Lake : Named as Elephant Lake with picturesque natural beauty
→ Menmecho Lake : Lake with good ambience and awesome scenic beauty
→ Lungthung : A remote village at 11,500 ft offering great Himalayan view
→ Tukla Valley : Offer great view of Mt. Kanchenjungha from 12,500 ft altitude
→ Old Baba Mandir : A temple of faith dedicated to sepoy Baba Harbhajan Singh near kupup village
→ Tsomgo Lake : A must visit place for every Sikkim Gangtok Traveller
→ Delo park from Ramdhura
→ Jalsa Bunglow
→ Silent valley
→ Soft trek to Ramiteydara viewpoint
→ Explore the ruins of Dumssung fort amidst in the forest
→ Ariter or Lampokhri lake
→ Mankhim viewpoint
→ Lingtam Monestry
→ Kuekhola Falls on Old Silk route
→ Thambi Viewpoint
→ Old BabaMandir
→ War memorial at Tukla Valley
→ Kupup Lake or elephant lake
→ Yak golf course
→ Budha Cave & Budha falls
The home stay in Silk Route prepares simple meals consisting of Rice, Daal, Sabji, Roti, Egg Curry, and a few Sikkim’s delicacies in lunch and dinner with Pakoras, Momo, and Maggi as evening options.
Yes, you can choose an SUV car during your Silk Route Tour from NJP NatureWings is committed to serve you with the best car of your choice and budget so that you can enjoy your Silk Route Tour with great experience and satisfaction.
Day 1 - NJP/IXB to Ramdhura
Day 2 - Ramdhura to Rongpokhola
Day 3 - Rongpokhola to Zuluk
Day 4 - Zuluk to Nathang
Day 5 - Nathang to Gangtok
Day 6 - Gangtok Local Sightseeing
Day 7 - Gangtok to NJP / IXB Drop
Yes, Silk Route is safe for solo women traveler, and it is full of friendly locals.
On the trip, you are advised to take good food and plenty of water along with an intake of medicine to overcome high altitude sickness upon consultation with your doctor.
Silk Route is well known for serving steaming hot Momo in 3 varieties, steamed, chilly, and fried, available at every corner, along with Thukpa or Gyathuk, Gundruk Soup, and Sael Roti. Chaang is the local alcoholic beverage that one can try during their Silk Route Tour Package exclusively designed by NatureWings.
You can get the best view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from SilleryGaon, Ramdhura and Thambi View Point, and if you wish to stay at these places, we are happy to host you.
No, you are not allowed to take your pets during your Silk Route Tour.
While visiting the restricted areas of Zuluk and Gnathang permit is required and done at Rongli Check Post on the way by our responsible driver.
Every year from April to May, Reshikhola becomes the hotspot for birdwatchers when its lush green forest homes to various Himalayan and Sub Himalayan migrating birds like the Great Barbet, Fire Tailed Sunbird, Himalayan Bulbul, Green Magpie, Scarlet Minivet, Red-tailed Minla, and many more. Apart from these, birds like Rusty Tailed Treecreeper, Grey Bushchat, Olive Backed Pipit, Little Forktail, Dark breasted Rosefinch, Oriental Turtle Dove, and Black Redstart was seen by many birdwatchers during their Zuluk - Gnathang visit.
You can, but please take advice from the doctor about high altitude before you travel. If the kids have breathing issue and carry high altitude medicines with you, it will be chill cold, so carry heavy warm clothes for the baby.
Getting medicines can be a problem, so it's better to carry own medicines along with you but you will get mineral water in some places. Silk route is not so luxury place, and places have not economically developed, so all these things are not all time available.
There is no proper bar available there, yes small restaurants are available on the roads where you will find momos, noodles, soup and can find lunch. Most small stationary shops have bars there, along with their homes you can find beverage there.
If you can't live without mobile connectivity, then it may be an issue for you. There is no network in Zuluk and Nathang, network is dead. Only BSNL networks work there but you will have to walk a bit towards tower to get the network.
Yes, hot water is available and geysers are there in a few homestays, if geysers are not available, some some homestays provide hot water to every guest in bucket on demand.
Yes, veg meals are available in homestays, you will find organic vegetarians meals there. But is is advised to mention about your food preference before booking your Silk Route Package Tour with NatureWings.
No cake shop is there, buy from NJP if you want and carry it with you.
If you have breathing problems, then please consult a doctor and carry medicines, as there are no medical facilities. Sometimes you need to carry small oxygen cylinders if you have major problems.
Silk Route, Zuluk Tour Package Reviews
5 Stars Rating, out of 5
based on 331 Reviews
"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 ..."
Suri - Birbhum
"Whenever we plan a tour on silk rout I can't imagine any other name....... Good job.... Keep it up..... Waiting for your arrangement at other destinations throughout India......"
"Naturewings provide us an excellent tour package of silk route. home stays & driver was so good. Tts an amazing experience with them. credit goes to Mr Abhijit Handique"
"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."
"Very nice arrangement for my silk route trip in april 2018 thanks ......"
"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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