ZulukThe famous Silk Route that connected Lhasa (Tibet) to Kalimpong was 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 Silk Route. Zuluk derives its tourism importance due to its excellent view of the eastern Himalayan mountain range including the Kanchenjunga. During the summer months, Zuluk and its surrounding hills are covered with thousands of blooming rhododendron. Zuluk offers breathtaking view of the sunrise. The snow clad tip of the Khangehenzonga with sun rays illuminating the peak in a spectacular view. One has to see it to believe it.
What to see:
A few kilometres’ drive from Zuluk would take the tourists through a winding road to the Thambi view point. The Thambi View Point at an altitude of 11,200 ft provides excellent sunrise view. The entire eastern Himalaya can be viewed from this spot.
Further ahead you will reach Lungtung at an altitude of 13,000 ft.. You may continue till you visit the Adi Baba Mandir and the Kalpokhri Lake. Further one may go up to Kupup and Memenchu Lake. Kupup is another army base and is known for the highest golf course in the world at an altitude of 13,500 ft. The Memenchu Lake is also known as the Hati Lake (Elephant lake) as the contours of the lake looks like an elephant from up the hills. The road further ahead connects with the famous Tsongo lake near Gangtok.
How to Reach:
NJP to Zuluk : 150 kms, 7-8 hours drive. Either one can reach Rangpo from NJP/Bagdogra and then proceed to Zuluk via Rongli or one can stay overnight at Aritar or Reshi khola or Sillery Gaon and proceed to Zuluk the next day. Same can be done during return journey or one can take the Nathula – Baba Mandir-Tssomgo Lake route and can stay at Gangtok. Permit : A trip to Zuluk requires special permits. The permits though would be arranged by us and as a guest you would only need to provide your id proof and 2 copies of passport size photograph.