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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.

State : Sikkim, in the north eastern state of India.
Weather Conditions :  
Best time to Travel : March to late May, October to Mid-December.
Summer : Max- 21?C, Min - 13?C;
Winter : Max -13?C, Min - 0.48?C; Rainfall : 325 cm per annum.
Location : Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is 148 km from New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, its neighbouring state.
Know Gangtok in Sikkim  

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim has emerged into the mainstream travel destination of the Tourism Industry, with more and more tourist coming to this little Himalayan state every year. Sitting on the lap of the majestic Himalaya, Gangtok in Sikkim has developed into a cosmopolitan delicacy where old-world charm and hospitality exist along with the modern age of Information Technology. One can find a harmonious blend of diverse culture and religion in Sikkim Gangtok. The people of Gangtok have a strong bonding with their age-old traditions and customs. Despite of these, Gangtok is definitely not behind the rest of the world in terms of urbanisation - broad roads, flyovers, posh markets, state-of-art hospital, educational institutes, fast food outlets, discotheques, and all other modern amenities that the heart can desire for.

AROUND GANGTOK  

Perched at an altitude of 5,500 feet above sea level, Gangtok in the East has a population of about 50,000. Places that are a must be in any tourist?s itinerary include:

The Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre  

About 45 minutes drive from Gangtok along the beautiful countryside atmosphere will bring you to Rumtek. Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre is the most important seat of Kagyukpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The Centre houses some of the world?s most important religious scriptures and rare objects.

The Government Institute of Cottage Industry  

The government institute of Cottage industry, a premier government institute for promoting authentic Sikkimese arts and crafts where beautifully designed carpets and hand carved Choktses is up for sale

Research Institute of Tibetology  

Research Institute of Tibetology, the internationally acclaimed center for Tibetan studies and research, it houses a vast collection of rare Buddhist books. There are over 200 Buddhist icons and manuscripts written in gold.

The Enchey Monastery  

The entry to this 200-year-old monastery premise is lined up beautiful prayer wheels amidst a silent and peaceful environment. Enchey Monastery is an important seat of the Nyingmapa order, the Enchey Monastery meaning the Solitary temple, was originally built with the solace that no other construction would be allowed near it.

The Do-Drul Chorten  

The Do-Drul Chorten was built by the by late Trulsi Rimpoche in 1945-46. It is one of the most important and biggest stupa found in Sikkim and is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels.

Flower Show  

The Department of Tourism hosts an annual flower show at the ridge park, where one can see a spectrum of colorful orchids and other rare varieties of flowers.

The Lingdum Monastery (Ranka Monastery)  

Ranka Monastery, which is situated on the Rumtek - Ranka - Gangtok road at Lingdum; about 45 minutes drive from Gangtok. The Lingdum Monastery is the seat of Zurmang Charwang Rimpoche. The present Gharwang Rimpoche is the12th successive incarnation of this lineage. Also known as Pal Zurmang Kagyud Monastery/ Lingdum Monastery and is been established in 2000.

Nehru Botanical Garden  

The Nehru Botanical Garden is located half-a-kilometer away from the Rumtek monastery. It is the home to well tend tropical and temperate plants and trees with huge greenhouse containing many species of orchids.

Tashi View Point:  

It offers a breathtaking view of the Mt. Khanchenjunga and its ranges. Recommended for an early morning visit to witness sunrise amidst the majestic peaks sipping a hot coffee.

Shanti viewpoint  

On the way back from Rumtek, you take a brief stop at Shanti View point. An enchanting viewpoint that offers magnificent panorama of Gangtok town.

Gangtok Ropeway:  

Located close to Tibetology, this ropeway offers a small thrill ride from Deorali to Tashiling and back providing 20 minutes of bird?s eye view of Gangtok town. The Ropeway has 3 terminals ? Deorali, Nam-Nang and Tashiling usual boarding point is Deorali and Nam-Nang. Timings: 10 am to 5:00 Pm

Ganesh Tok  

Located on the top of the hill about 7 Kms from Gangtok town, a small Hindu temple of Ganesh also has a view point that provides a panoramic view of Gangtok town.

Hanuman Tok  

About 11 Kms above Gangtok Town, Hanuman Tok is a Hindu temple of Lord Hanuman situated at an altitude of 7000ft. being the highest point around Gangtok; it offers a majestic view of Mt Kanchenjunga and its ranges

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