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The famous silk route that connected Lhasa (Tibet) to Kalimpongwas in use even a few decades ago until the Chinese invasion in Tibet. Zuluk / Dzuluk, located in East Sikkim, used to be a small village on this route. It was commonly used by traders traveling to Tibet through Jelep-la ("La" stands for mountaipass) (It is and overnight base) Today it is fast emerging as a new tourist destination in East Sikkim. Zuluk derives its tourism importance due to the excellent view of the eastern Himalayan mountain range including the Kanchenjunga that it offers. A trip to the area requires special permits. The permits though would be arranged by naturebeyond, and as a guest you would only need to provide your id proof and photograph. Zuluk is a small village with population of about 700 people. There is an army base which is used as a transit camp for the army movement to the Chinese boarder a few kilometers away. During the summer months, the area and its surrounding hills are covered with thousands of blooming rhododendron. Zuluk during these months, is a riot of colors due to the variety of rhododendron that can be seen here.

Weather: Zuluk at an altitude of about 7,000 ft offers pleasant weather during most of the year. The rainy season is a little protracted and heavy to very heavy showers are common. The winter may see snowfall in the area. The summer temperature would be varying near 20 degree Celsius with substantial difference between the day and night temperature. Tourists visiting the area are advised to carry worm clothing and umbrella. Wildlife sanctury: Zuluk is surrounded by wild forest, some of the forests are completely virgin. Sighting of Deer, Wild Dog, Himalayan Bear the red panda is not very uncommon. Some tigers have also reportedly been sighted in the area. A variety of birds can also be seen such as Monal Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Khaleez Pheasant, Snow Pheasant and others. How to reach zaluk: Zuluk is about 3 hours from Gangtok. You need to pre arrange special permit for visiting this restricted area that is issued from a place called Rangli or it can be arrange at sikkim infromation center at gangtok.
Itinerary for 1N/2D
Day 01 Pick Up from Gangtok, NJP (Siliguri) or Bagdugra to LIngtam via Rangpo, Rongli Bazar, Sisney Aritar lake (lampokhari lake) and overnight stay in Lingtam or Zaluk.
Day 02 Lingtam or Zaluk to Gangtok(Silk Route) via Phademchen view points, Q-khola Falls, dhupidara, Lungthung, Salamidara, Tukla Dara (Baba dham), Gnathung, Kupup, Sarathang (China Market) Nathula Pass, Changu Lake, Mandakeni Falls.
Itinerary for 2N/3D
Day 01 Pick Up from Gangtok, NJP (Siliguri) or Bagdugra to LIngtam via Rangpo, Rongli Bazar, Sisney and overnight stay in Lingtam.
Day 02 Sunrise at Ganak Dara (1200ft. Alt) via Zaluk Silk Route (Zig Zac Road 1, 2 & 3, Thambi View, Salami View points, Bhutan View, Black Lake, Old Baba Mandir, Gnathang Velley, Tugla Battle Field, Elephant lake, Jelepla Pass, Mac Mohan Line ( Indo China Border). Overnight Zaluk.
Day 03 Kupup Valley, Memen-chu lake, New Baba Mandir, World Highest Golf Course (Gunnies Record), Young husband treck, Sharathang Trade Mart, Thangu lake, Nathula Pass and Gangtok Overnight stay at Gangtok.

Tibetan Refugee Self - Help Centre:
It was founded under his Holiness Dalai Lama following the dramatic escape from Tibet following the Chinese intrusion. This centre is the exemplary steps taken by Tibetans in exile to help themselves through rehabilitation to overcome the hurdles relating to economic, social, psychological, cultural and spiritual. The centre is located at a hill side on Hermitage over looking Lebong Race Course Ground which the land was originally leased and later bought from St Josephs College. Centre produces Tibetan carpets and other Handicraft items besides their self help activities.

 

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute:
Caters to the training requirements in mountaineering, this Institute is situated in Birch Hill Park. Training course imparted are Adventure, Basic, Advanced. The institute itself was constructed in November 4th 1954, where the foundation stone was laid by Lt Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. This Institute as it is said was started under the influence of Tenzing Norgay after scaling Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary after the encouragement from Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. The Institute Museum displays the equipment used in the victorious attempt to scale the peak.

 
     

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park:
Adjacent to Himalayan Mountaineering Institute this Zoo in house the high altitude wildlife like, Siberian Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, Pandas, Dear, Leopards, Birds, Monkeys, etc. Lloyd Botanical Gardens: Just below the town is this Garden in housing plants from Sikkim Himalaya, other sub temperate and Himalayan zones. This garden also has in-house plants from Europe, China, Japan, America, Australia, and New Zealand etc. Started by Sir Ashley Eden on 1878 in the 40 acres land gifted by Mr. W Lloyds the proprietor of the Bank by the name of Lloyds Bank, in order to make one of the best gardens in Asia.

 
     

Yiga - Choling Bhuddhist Monastery: 
Nine kilometres ahead of Darjeeling town, this monastery at an altitude of 7,500 feet is situated at Ghoom. Built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso it follows the path of worship of Maitreya Buddha coming Buddha. Among the Buddhist text there is the Buddhist Tibetan Gospel running into 108 volumes, Monks perform the Tibetan folk dances during February March to welcome the Tibetan New year. This Monastery belongs to Yellow Sect.

 
     

Japanese Temple: 
This temple belonging to Hinayana sect of Buddhism with the name Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple was started in the year 1972. Peace Pagoda was opened on 1st November 1992, which was inaugurated by film actor Sunil Dutt. Located on the spur above town at the distance of about four kilometers commands the panoramic view of Darjeeling town and Khangchendzonga range. It is near Lal Kothi, the Present administrative centre of DGHC.

 
     

Tenzing Rock: 
About 5 kilometres from Darjeeling town towards Lebong Race Course ground alongside Lebong Cart Road is this 100 feet rock where initial mountaineering training by Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) is conducted. Rappling down the rock gives the breathtaking and spine chilling experience.

 

Tiger Hill:
While driving or hiking the steep road passing through forests of Ferns, Oaks, Pines, Magnolias etc, all dressed in green takes one to this famous Tiger Hill at an altitude of 8,482 feet which is about 14 kilometeres from Darjeeling town. From this spot one can see the breathtaking view of Mt. Khangchendzonga and all the other ranges. In the grandeur and beauty of towering snow capped mountains, one can occasionally spot. Mt Everest and other peaks as well while extending views to mountains in Tibet. This place is also famous for viewing the early morning sunrise, the actual beginning of the day where nature engulfs one to ecstasy.

 

Barbotey Rock Garden :
Situated below Dali on the adjacent way to Sidrabong Power Station at the distance of about 12 kilometres from Darjeeling town is this Garden which is a very attractive picnic spot with natural water falls and flower garden developed by DGHC.

 

Shrubbery Park :
Located at Jawahar Parbat behind Raj Bhawan is this beautiful garden which is ideal for picnics, while offering magnificent view of mountain peaks.

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