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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.

  • Day 1:Delhi / Bagdogra / Kathmandu / Bhadrapur --DRIVE TO Darjeeling  Arrival by flight from Delhi at Airport Bagdogra. From the hot flatlands of India we soonclimb up the steep Darjeeling hills. We drive through tea gardens along the toy-train-track to Darjeeling. Overnight in hotel.
  • Day 2 :Darjeeling In case of clear weather we get up early in the morning and drive to Tiger hill to see the sun-raise. Back in Darjeeling we walk down to Bhutia Busty, where we visit the monastery and enjoy a meal of Mo-Mos, a Tibetan/Sikkimese specialty. Afterwards we visit the Tibetan Refugee Center and a tea garden. Overnight in hotel.
  • Day 3 :Darjeeling - Gangtok  Drive to the capital of Sikkim. We visit the palace chapel and explore down-town Gangtok. Overnight in hotel.
  • Day 4 :Gangtok Drive up to Tashi View Point followed by a visit at Enchey monastery. Drive down to Deorali where we visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Do-Drul Ch?ten. Also visit 'Flower Show' where bred and wild orchids are exhibited.
  • Day 5 :Gangtok - Pemayangtse Drive to West-Sikkim and visit Pemayangtse monastery with its unique wooden carving demonstrating the various spiritual realms according to Buddhism. Overnight in hotel.
  • Day 6 :Pemayangtse - Gangtok On the way back we stop to see the ruins of Rabdentse, the former capital of the kingdom of Sikkim. Overnight in hotel.
  • Day 7 :Gangtok - Rumtek - Gangtok Daytrip to Rumtek monastery followed by drive to Martam, an idyhllic village nestled in the midst of teraced paddy fields. Overnight in hotel.
  • Day 8 :Gangtok - Puntsholing (Bhutan) Via West-Bengal we reach the border town Puntsholing in Bhutan. We register our passports and receive our visas for Bhutan.
  • Day 9 :Puntsholing - Thimpu A beautiful mountain-road brings us to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan.
  • Day 10 :Thimpu We visit the National Library, the indigenous Hospital as well as the monastery Zulakha. In the afternoon we go to see the Painting School and Thimphu Post.
  • Day 11 :Thimpu - Punakha (Distance: 71 km: Duration: 3 h) In the morning we visit the traditional paper factory, the Memorial Ch?ten as well as the Tashicho Dzong. In the afternoon we drive to Punakha
  • Day 12 :Punakah Visit Punakha Dzong and the old and new town of Punakha. In the afternoon we drive to Chimmi Lhakhang and the town of Wangdue where we visit Wangdue Dzong.
  • Day 13 :Punakha - Bumthang (Distance: 197 km; Duration: 7 to 8 h) Drive to Bumthang. On the way halt at Pelela Pass. Lunch in Tongsa. See Tongsa Dzong and on the way to Bumthang stop to see the weaving factory Yatra.
  • Day 14 :Bumthang Today we visit Jakar Dzong, Kurje monastery, Jamphel monastery and Tamshing monastery. In addition visit at the Swiss Farm where cheese, apple juice and brandies are produced. Finally, before returning to our hotel we visit the town of Chomkahr.
  • Day 15 :Bumthang - Punakha (Distance: 197 km; Duration: 7 to 8 h) After breakfast we drive to Punakha. On the way we visit Ta Dzong in Tongsa and have lunch there.
  • Day 16 :Punakha - Paro (Distance: 144 km; Duration: 4 to 5 h) Drive to Paro. Lunch in Thimphu or Paro.
  • Day 17 :Paro Visit the National Museum and Paro Dzong. Free time in Paro town
  • Day 18:Paro / Delhi / Bagdogra / Delhi / Bhadrapur / Kathmandu . Transfer to the Airport of Paro / Bhadrapur / Bagdogra . Flight to Delhi / Kathmandu .
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