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.

As Darjeeling originates back to those days when it was under Sikkim and later taken by British East India Company and developed as it is today. It is believed that first twenty mud houses in Observatory Hills consisted of people of both Nepalese and Sikkimese origin. At present days, that Darjeeling has the combination of Nepalese who are the dominating population, Bhutias, Lepchas and plainsmen from elsewhere in India and few Anglo Indians and Parsis as well. There are traces of white men of Canadian and European origins as well on a Catholic Mission to run the schools that had been established during British era. However, it exemplifies that all the people of different communities can coexist in peace and harmony while working towards progress and development. 

However, it is remarkable to note that major of people of Nepalese origin are concentrated in Tea Gardens, while remaining live in town with other people of different communities while Nepali itself is the lingua franca of the place. 

Lepchas :
  Only handful of them in Darjeeling and its region. These kindly ravine people original inhabitants of Sikkim are Mongoloid origin and have undergone through inter-caste marriage with Nepalese and have lost their literature, while however, more of them exist in Kalimpong and are trying to trace their ethnic composition while endeavouring themselves by searching for their literatures and other important facts. In Kalimpong there is the Lepcha tradition study centre and museum. Their complexion is white which a tinged with yellow and are broad-chested and sinewy people. Their traditional outfit and style represents somewhat that of Roman gladiators. Peace loving people now most of them are converting themselves to Christianity. 

Bhutias : 
Bhutias of Sikkimese origin along with Khampas from Tibet are also found to be living in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong. They are minority in population and follow Buddhism and are of Mongoloid origin. They are more dashing than Lepchas and are warrior like. However, most of Bhutias are engaging themselves in business; Bhutias also form the community of people from Bhutan. They have their own literature. 

Nepalese :
 Immigrants from Nepal and in majority, these people are divided into castes and Sub castes comprising both of Mongoloid and Aryan descents. The Mongoloid descents are quite short in stature where many are recruited as Gorkhas in Army, where their bravery has gone to legend. Nepalese both Aryan descendants and Mongoloid descendants follow Hinduism. They came in large numbers in Darjeeling and settled in Kalimpong and Kurseong as-well when British Planters brought them for tea plantation works. They carry the traditional weapon the Khukuri.


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