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Zuluk Tour Package - Old Silk Route Tour                                                                       

Kalimpong : 01 Night - Sillery Gaon : 01 Night - Aritar : 01 Night - Zuluk : 01 Night & Gangtok : 02 Nights ⇒ 06 Nights - 07 Days 

 

Zuluk Tour Package Itinerary or Old Silk Route Tour  

 
 
Day 01: Bagdogra (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri (NJP) / Siliguri to  Kalimpong
 
After arrival at IXB/NJP meets our representative and transfer to Kalimpong The distance between Siliguri to Kalimpong is 85kms and time takes 3 hours. Kalimpong another quiet hill station in Eastern Himalaya. Kalimpong is famous for its Orchids & Nurseries and some of the rarest cacti & Orchids can be seen. Oak, Maple and Chestnut stretch up the ridge as far as the eye can reach. Overnight in Kalimpong.
 
 
Day 02 : Kalimpong Sightseeing and transfer to Sillery Gaon
 
Morning after breakfast followed half day sightseeing in & around Kalimpong covering Durpin Dhara, Zong Dong Palri Fo-Brong Monastery and flower & Orchid Nurseries Dr. Grahams Home, Delo View point and drive to Sillery Gaon. Afternoon free and enjoy the beauty of mighty Kanchenjunga. Changing colours of magical Kanchenjunga is simply mesmerizing. Tinchuley View Point, Ramitey View Point and Damsang fort is worth visiting during Sillery Gaon Tour. Overnight in Sillery Gaon
 
Day 03 : Sillery Gaon to Aritar
 
After breakfast transfer to Aritar.  Aritar - a small village  isolated from the rest of the state is located in the East Sikkim, under Rongli Sub-Division is famous for its lush green forests, mountains and beautiful natural landscape. Some beautiful places in Aritar which can be worth visiting. Lampokhri, Aritar Monastery, Dak Bungalow, Parbateswar Shivalaya Mandir, Mankhim view point, etc can be visited during Aritar tour and surroundings.Evening free for individual activity and leisure. Overnight in Aritar.
 
Day  04 :  Aritar to Zuluk
 
Morning after breakfast proceed to Zuluk. Before that all the permit proceedings have to be finished. The distance between Aritar to Dzuluk is 42 kms and time takes 2 hours.  Zuluk or Duluk is situated at an altitude of 10,000 ft of sea level and has a primitive charm. Zuluk is an abode of peace. Zuluk  perched on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim is a hamlet close to Indo-China border. Zuluk is located on the famous Old-Silk-Route. Zuluk is a relatively new offbeat destination of Sikkim and has a primitive charm. On the way to Dzuluk  tour to some places like Rongli, Lingtam and Padamchen are worth visit. Evening free for individual activity and leisure.  Overnight in Zuluk.
 
Day  05 :  Zuluk to Gangtok
 
Very early morning visit  Sunrise point, called Ganek in Zuluk. After breakfast proceed to Gangtok. The distance between Zuluk to Gangtok is 161  kms and time takes 5 hours. On the way visit Thambi View Point, Lungthang, Kalipokhri Lake, Old Baba Mandir, Nathang Valley, Tukla Valley, Menmecho Lake, elephant Lake or Hati Lake, Kupup, Jelep-la, New Baba Mandir, Tsongo Lake or Changu Lake. Overnight in Gangtok .
 
Day 06 : Gangtok local Sightseeing :
 
After breakfast visit Banjhakri Water Park, Ranka Monastery, Chortan, Stupa, Institute of Tibetology Num Num View Point, Institute of Handicrafts and Handlooms, Bartuk Water falls, Tashi view Point (sunset effect on Mt. Kancnendzongha range), Flower Exhibition along with Ridge Park. Overnight in Gangtok .
 
Day 07 : Gangtok to  Bagdogra (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri (NJP) / Siliguri
 
After breakfast departure for Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. Tour End
 
 

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Places to visit during Zuluk Tour or Old Silk Route Tour

 

► Kalimpong :

Placed at the height of 4,100 ft of the Himalayas, with its friendly weather Kalimpong can be visited anytime during the year. This peaceful city of flower once overshadowed by Darjeeling is now one of the most desired destinations in Eastern Himalayas for nature lovers, holiday tourists or the people who want to enjoy a peaceful holiday.

 

• Places to visit during Kalimpong Local Sightseeing :

► Deolo Hill or Delo :

Deolo Hill is the highest point of  Kalimpong  and it located at the North East of the town. The Deolo hill top is beautifull decorated with a men made park built for  the purpose of recreation for the visitors which features exotic flowers.

On a clear day visitors may spellbou nd by watching the beauty of snow capped peaks of Himalayas which rule the entire north. View of  Kalimpong town, the surrounding vallies, Teesta river dominate the beauty.

 

►Durpin Dara :

Durpin Dara is a observatory point and one of the two hills ( another one is Deolo Hill) connected by a ridge on which Kalimpong town is situated. Durpin Dara is about 3 kms away and located south-east of the town commands an awe – inspiring view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other snow capped Himalayan peaks. Panoramic view of Kalimpong town with Darjeeling and Sikkim hills, lush green vallies, icy rivers such as Teesta, Riang and Relli, distance view of Jelep-La offer a breath taking experience.

► Golf Course :

Kalimpong Golf Course is located on the way to Durpin Dara , is just below off the summit. It’s a beautiful 9 hole Golf Course and worth visiting.

► Kalimpong Monastery :

Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery or Kalimpong Monastery is located on the top of Durpin Dara was built in the mid seventies and consecrated by the Dalai Lama belongs to the yellow hut sect of Lamas. This Gompa is finely decorated by impressive wall paintings with a rare three dimensional Mandala upstairs.

► Dr. Graham’s Home :

Lower part of the Deolo Hill boasts with an unique creation – Dr. Graham’s Home, a famous school. This school was established by a Scottish Missionary – Rev. Dr. John Anderson Graham in 1900 with a mere six orphans. Dr. Graham came to Kalimpong during the last decade of Nineteen Century and began focusing his attention on teaching the under privilege children. He set up an orphanage cum school for destitute Anglo Indian children.

Spending sometime in a day to visit the School Campus, The Chapel or spending the time with School Children is really enthralling.

► Mangal Dham :

Mangal Dham was constructed in 1996 in memory of late Guru Shree Mangal Dasji and is devoted to Lord Krishna. Mangal Dham is a splendid work of architecture and is considered one of the most beautiful temples in India.

► Flower Nursery :

Kalimpong is called the "City of Flower" as the climate of this city is ideal for the cultivation for flower and plants. Kalimpong is produced 80% of  India’s Gladioli and having numerous nurseries which produce and export exotic flowers like Roses, Gerberas, Dahlias, Amaryllis Lillies etc. Kalimpong is also produced some beautiful varieties of Orchids and Cacti. During the season entire hills are on fire with a riot of colours. There are some famous flower nurseries here in Kalimpong which are worth visiting with a very nominal price.

 

► Sillery  Gaon

Situated at an altitude of 6000 ft in Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling hills Sillery Gaon – a pristine village is an ideal place to escape from bustling city life. Sillery – the name derived from a plant which grows in abundant in this part of the Himalayas. The area is also has a Cinchona plantation which was introduced by the former British rulers as a source of Quinine. Sillery Gaon offers the majestic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other surrounding snow peaks.

 

•  Places to Visit in Sillery Gaon :

► Ramitey View Point :

Ramitey View Point is just 3 km away from Sillery Gaon and can be accessed either by vehicle or trekking. Ramitey View Point offers the breathtaking view of Mt. Khanchendzonga and its neighbouring snow clad peaks along with the longest view point of river Teesta through the valleys with its 14 bends and the confluence of river Teesta and Reshi – a rare sight indeed. On a clear day the entire region from Teesta Bazar to Majhitar in Sikkim is cleary visible from Ramitey View Point.

► Tinchuley View Point / Tinchuley Top :

A stiff uphill 30 mts trek is enough to reach Tinchuley View Point or Tinchuley Top offers a magnificent 360 degree view of the Himalayan ranges along with the guardian of all hills – Mt. Kanchenjunga. On a clear day Nathula Pass and Jelep la are visible from here.

► Damsang Fort :

An one hour trek from Sillery Gaon covering around 4 km leads the road to the nearly ruined Damsang fort. This fort which had been built in 1690 by Lepcha Kingdom was the nerve centre of ethnic violence between Lepchas and Bhutias. The another reason to built the fort was  to stop aggression by East India Company. This fort is only 1 km away from Pedong and road goes through pine forest offers magnificent view of surrounding hills and valleys. It’s an ideal place for bird watching.

► Hanuman Top :

A little upward road from Damsang fort goes to the Hanuman Top where a sculpture of Lord Hanuman is placed. This Hanuman Top offers the excellent bird’s view of Kalimpong town and adjoining areas.

 

► Aritar :

Aritar - a small village  isolated from the rest of the state is located in the East Sikkim, under Rongli Sub-Division is famous for its lush green forests, mountains and beautiful natural landscape.

A newly built lake called Aritar Lake or Lampokhri is a popular tourist destination with boating facility – which has been introduced for the first time in Sikkim. For entertainment of the tourists some viewpoints, cafeterias are there. Apart from Aritar Lake there are some other attractions like exploring the way of living of village people, Aritar Gumpa, Mankhim View Point, Nirmal Dham etc.

 

► Zuluk : 

Zuluk is an abode of peace. Situated at an altitude of around 10,000 ft above the sea level and perched on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim, Zuluk is a hamlet close to Indo-China border. Zuluk is located on the famous Old-Silk-Route. Zuluk is a relatively new offbeat destination of Sikkim and has a primitive charm.

Zuluk was commonly used by traders travelling to Tibet through Jelep-la as an overnight base. Zuluk is the name of the valley with a small hilly village and famous for the zig-zag roads which is a definitely an eye catching landscape. Zuluk offers excellent view of sunrise on Himalayas. 

 

Places to Visit in Old Silk Route Tour / Zuluk Tour 

 

► Thambi View Point :

Thambi View Point locate a few km north of Zuluk. Journey to Thambi View Point through the three level winding road on the adjoining hills with unique geometrical curves make thrilling experiences for visitors. Thambi View Point  situated at an altitude of 11,600 ft. above sea level offers an excellent sunrise view. The entire Eastern Himalaya are clearly visible from this top. Thambi View Point also offers an undeterred view of the zig-zag road which visitor crossed on the way to reach here from Zuluk

► Lungthang :

Locate at an altitude of around 12,400 ft. above the sea level, Lungthung offers an exiting view of the Eastern Himalayas. The complete area of Lungthung is controlled and patrolled by Indian Army. The wild forest of Lungthung is abode of different types of birds and animals. There is also a nice Ice Hockey  field in Lungthung.

► Kalipokhri Lake :

On the way to Adi Baba Mandir or Old Baba Mandir from Lungthung, Kalipohri Lake is a nature’s wonder and one of the attractions in the Old-Silk-Route. Various number of Wild ducks are seen swimming the transparent water in the lake. During winter water of the lake become frozen offering the mesmerizing view of endless snow.  

► Old Baba Mandir :

Old Baba Mandir or Adi Baba Mandir is a must visit destination while touring in Old Silk Route. The mandir is dedicated to Baba Harbhajan Singh a Sepoy in the 23rd Regiment, who died near the Nathu La during Indo – China war in 1962. This temple was built and is maintained by Indian Army. It is reported that Indian soldiers have got favoures by Baba who also guards each one in the inhospitable terrain.

► Nathang Valley :

Gnathang Valley or Nathang Valley is popularly called the “ Ladakh of the East India”. Situated at the height of 13,500 ft. above the sea level Nathang Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Old-Silk-Route. Surrounded by snow capped hills and mountain landscape Gnathang Valley offers an astounding view of Mt. Khanchendzongha. Mt. Kanchenjunga seems to be a stone throwing distance from Nathang Valley. Viewing majestic beauty of Eastern Himalaya during sunrise from Gnathang Valley is a life-long memorable experience. Chinese Watch Towers are clearly visible from Nathang valley in naked eyes.

► Tukla Valley :

Tukla Valley is another well known place to visit during touring in Old-Silk-Route. Tukla Valley located at an elevation of 12500 ft. It is also another heavy snow falling zone during winter. Tukla valley contains the famous war memorial, which was constructed to commemorate the death of British soldiers who died in the Battle of Tukla. 

► Hati Lake or Elephant Lake :

There is another beautiful lake called Hati Lake or Elephant Lake is near Kupup. It is called such as it’s shape like Elephant or Hati.

► Menmecho Lake :

Menmecho Lake located in between Tukla Valley and Kupup. Menmecho Lake is the source of river Rongpo Chu ( in local language chu meaning river), one of the tributaries of river Teesta. It is a stunningly beautiful lake with snow cover from early winter to late spring. It is surrounded by a rich, varied forest and some rather interesting rock formations. Going near to Menmecho Lake is prohibited for tourists. It can be viewd from above and on the motorable road. Menmecho Lake is famous for trout.

► New Baba Mandir or Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial :

Nestled in the high hills and at an elevation of 4,000 mt. or 13,123 ft on Nathu La – Jalep La road Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial has been built in the memory of Harbhajan Singh, a Sepoy in the 23rd Regiment, who died near the Nathu La during Indo – China war in 1962. This temple was built and is maintained by Indian Army. It is reported that Indian soldiers have got favoures by Baba who also guards each one in the inhospitable terrain.

This memorial is just 18 kms away from Tsomgo Lake on the bifurcated road to Nathu La.

► Tsongo Lake :

Tsomgo  Lake is considered very sacred by local people and literally means the “Source of the Lake”, in Bhutia language and perhaps one of the most beautiful landscapes in Sikkim.  This lake is located around 35 km away from Gangtok town on Gangtok – Nathula Highway and at an altitude of 3,780 mts or 12,400 ft. Within this 35 kms journey span the road elevates a whooping  7,500 ft with  breathtaking view and number of hair pin bends. It is interesting to watch how within half an hour journey the character of the hills abruptly change.

 

► Gangtok :

Gangtok nestling in the lush greenery of the Himalayas at an altitude of  5050 ft. above the sea level is the small capital city of  Sikkim, where Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the mountain breeze, exotic orchids and chirruping birds run riot in a colorful melee. Visit Gangtok for a peek at the profusion of blooming rhododendrons in the deepest of reds and savour the serene cool beauty of the snow clad peaks in an ambience enhanced by the cheerful bustle of a warm, hospitable, pleasant and hard-working people.

 

Places to visit During Gangtok Local Sightseeing :

 

► Rumtek Monastery :

A 24 km journey from Gangtok to the opposite hill the Rumtek Monastery or Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre is located which is the seat of the  Kagyu Order, one of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist seat. The original monastery was built by one of the Sikkim rulers. But after the arrival of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1960 from Tibet, he built the Dharma Chakra Centre replicating the original Kagyud headquerters in Tibet.

The centre houses of the monastery are the treasures of world’s  most unique scriptures and rare objects. Behind the main monastery, the lavishly decorated Karma Nalanda Institute of Buddhist  Studies, which attracts the students from all over the world. Rumtek  Monastery enshrines all the best in traditional Tibet monastic architecture.

 

► Institute of Tibetology :

This organization is dedicated to research and augmentation  of Tibetan Studies, Buddhist Philosophy and religion as well as Mahayana Buddhism.  It is the most prestigious of its liking in India and the treasure house of rare Tibetan, Sanskrit and Lepcha Manuscript,  Statuestries , Thankas ( Tapestries used in Buddhist Liturgy) and has over 200 Buddhist Icons with other prized objects of art.

This Institute houses a library of more than 30,000 books on Buddhism, Astrology, Medicine, Philosophy etc. It also promotes a serious study of Buddhist Philosophy and Relision and is a leading suthority on the subject.
 
► Dro-dul-Chorten or Stupa :
 
The Dro-Dul Chorten or Stupa is one of the most important Stupas of Sikkim, was built in 1945 by the Venerable Trullshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside the Chorten there are complete set of Dorjee Phurba ( Vajra Kilaya), a set of Kang oyur  ( Holi Book) relics, complete "Zung" ( Mantras) and other religious objects. Around the chorten, there are 108 Mani Lhakor (prayer wheels). These prayer wheels are turned by the devout Buddhist while chanting "Hail to the jewel in the Lotus", to invoke the Boddhisattava. The chorten is surrounded by Chorten Lhakhang and Guru Lhakhang, where there are two huge statues of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padsambhava).
 
► Cottage Industries or Directorate of Handicrafts & Handlooms :
 
This Institute is established with the aim to produce and promote the state’s traditional authentic arts and crafts and teaches the ancient crafts of Sikkim ( like Painting, Mask Making, Weaving and Wood Carving) to keep them alive. Directorate of Handicraft and Handloom is the store house of hand woven Tibetan carpets in natural dyes with traditional motifs, blankets, shawls, Sikkimese style wooden tables called "Choktse", which are exquisitely carved and richely coloured in red and gold and many other gift items. Hand made rice papers are also produce here.
 
► Flower Show :
 

The climate here in Gangtok is very favourable for growing flowers, especially delicate orchids. Government of Sikkim is organized Flower Show or Exhibition throughout the year in a very specialized garden.Orchid shows held during the blooming seasons in April to June and September to November which are the most spectacular  and popular shows organized in state.

There are more than 200 multi colour species of temperate and intermediate types of orchids, seasonal flowers as well as bonsai are on display. This professionally managed flower show  with an enclosed greenhouse  is an excellent place to observe flora.

► Enchey Monastery :

The name Enchey Monastery means “ Solitary Monastery” is an important seat of the Nyingma Order, is built  with the blessed by Lama Drupto Karbo. This monastery was built with an intention that no other construction would be allowed of its vicinity.

Lama Drupto Karbo, a tantrik master for his power of flying is said to have flown in from Meanam Hill in South Sikkim around 200 hundred years ago and built a hermitage on the spot. Later during the reign of Sikyong Tulku in 1901, the present monastery was built in the shape of a Chinese Pagoda. This 200 yrs old Gompa is the residence of 90 monks who belong to the Nyingma Order. Enchey Monastery has in its premises  splendid images of Gods, Goddess and a number of religious objects.
 

► Tashi View Point :

Around 8 kms from Gangtok Tashi View Point located on the Gangtok – North Sikkim Highway offers the spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Siniolchu. Tashi View Point was built by late king of  Sikkim -  Sri Tashi Namgyal. This is basically a sunrise point to watch the majestic panorama of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Siniolchu with other snow clad peaks and can have an experience of the change of colour of snow on the mountains during the Sunrise. A resting shed and a small cafeteria situated at Tashi View Point provides shelter and other amenities to the tourists. A park above the View Point is a good place to enjoy a picnic.

► Ganesh Tak :

Ganesh Tok is a premises of a very small temple of Lord Ganesha, a deity worshipped by Hindus and located on a ridge at a distance of 7 kms from Gangtok. Ganesh Tok is popularly known as a superb view point which offers a bird’s-eye-view of sprawling Gangtok town and surrounding hills, while across the hills majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Siniolchu loom over the horizon. A cafeteria serves hot tea, coffee and snacks.

► Hanuman Tak :

It is also another magnificient view point and around 11 kms away from Gangtok town. Ganesh Tok located on a bifurcation road of Gangtok – Nathula Highway is having temple of Lord Hanuman, a hindu deity and is maintained by Indian Army. Because of its locational  advantage panoramic view of mountain over the horizon is simply magnificent.

 

 

Other Information for Old Silk Route Tour or Zuluk Tour Package 
 
 
 
****   Accommodation  
****  All Transfers & Sightseeing as per itinerary
****  Silk Route Tour ( Nathang Valley, Elephant Lake, Thambi View Point, Lungtham, Kupup, New Baba Mandir, Tsongo Lake  Etc)
****  Sunrise Point ( Nathang Valley) – Optional & Own Cost
****  Gangtok Local Sightseeing
****  Kalimpong Half Day Local sightseeing
****  Silk Route Entry Fee
 
 
****   Lodge / Home Stay – In Aritar & Zuluk / Padamchen
****   Standard / Deluxe / Luxury / Premium Hotels can be chosen in Kalimpong ad Gangtok
 
 
 
 
****  Breakfast - Lunch & Dinner in Aritar & Zuluk / Padamchen
****  Breakfast & Dinner  in Kalimpong & Gangtok

 

 

****  All Transportation will be provided as per Itinerary only
****   Sumo / Maxx / Bolero
****  Sumo / Maxx / Bolero  can carry maximum 08 persons
****   In Kalimpong and Gangtok up-graded vehicles i.e. Innova / Xylo / Scorpio can be chosen
****  Innova / Xylo / Scorpio can carry maximum 06 persons
****  All Permit, Parking, Toll and Night Charges for the vehicle
 
 
****  Airfare, Train Fare, Bus Fare, Insurance Premium etc
****  Entry Fee to any Monument, Park, Museum, Monastery or any other visiting place
****  Any extra food except the mentioned Meals
****  Payment for service provided for personal basis
****  Expenses incurred due to mishap, landslide, strikes, political unrest or road diversion due to unavoidable  Circumstances will be charged on extra and as per actual
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