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.

Bird Facts 30% of the birds found in India are also found in Sikkim, about 550 species live here. The tiny Olive Grand Warbler which is about 3.5 inches long to the gigantic Bearded Vulture with over 10 ft of wing span Sikkim prides of numerous birds like the King fisher, Whistling Thrushes, Bulbuls, Magpies, Falcons and many more. It is a veritable haven for bird watchers and infact the birdman of India, Salim Ali was here to write his book titled ?The birds of Sikkim?. Monal Pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus) This bird from Sikkim shares its name with Lady Impey, the wife of the first Governor General of Bengal who is said to have been so much fascinated by it that she pioneered its breeding in England. The blood red Pheasant has been declared the state bird of Sikkim. Red Panda Fact The cuddly red panda is the state animal of Sikkim. It belongs to the raccoon family and when fully grown it reaches 1 mt in length. Found in altitudes from 2,000 to 3,000 mts, it delights on bamboo leaves. In Sikkim flies 650 species of colourful butterflies and moths. Flora Facts The State has about 4,500 species of flowering plants. The predominant flowers are the Orchids and the Rhododendron. The ?Sikkim gap?, a popular phrase among naturalists describes the state very aptly as a land locked region with the Tibetan plateau and Tangkar La range on one side and the hills of Singalila ridge on the other with a sole opening in the Southern part, lending it a bowl-like landscape with an awesome over 4,000 plant species stocked within 11,000 sq. km. of mesmerizing space. Giant Rhubarb (Rheum nobile) Grows at an altitude of 3,600 to 4,500 mts, this giant plant blooms in the months between June and July. Its stout erect stem could attain a height of 1.5 mts. There are about 30 to 40 species of Primulas in Sikkim with a majority of them growing from 12,000 to 15,000 ft. Some even flourish in as high as 17,000 ft. Primula Sikhimensis that grow at 11,000 to 15,000 ft is one of the few that thrive in England. Sikkim boasts of about 490 species of Orchids. Their habitat in the state include Alpine and sub-alpine zones at about 3,500 to 5,000 mts, temperate and sub-temperate zones at 1850 to 3500 mts, sub-tropical zone at 850 to 1850 mts and tropical zone at 250 to 850 mts. The orchid Dendrobium nobile is the state flower of Sikkim. Dr JD Hooker was responsible for introducing the beautiful Sikkim rhododendrons in the United Kingdom which date back to somewhere in the mid-eighteenth century. In Sikkim flourishes about 40 species of rhododendrons. One of them, the Rhododendron grande could reach a gigantic size of over 40 ft with a trunk girth of 5 ft while the Rhododendron nivale barely attain a dwarfish 2 inches above the ground. The Rhododendron niveum is the state tree. Large cardamom locally called ?alainchi? is an important cash crop of Sikkim. The State contributes 53% of the world production with about 26,734 hectare of land under its cultivation.


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