Silkroute

The Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction originally through regions of Eurasia connecting the East and West.



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The Silk Route in the State of Sikkim is an ancient trade root which is derived from Lhasa. Its exquisite scenic beauty and comfortable climate have made the place a hot-favorite destination among a plethora of travelers coming from different corners of the world.

The Old Silk Route in Sikkim is an offshoot of the ancient and historic Silk Road, which was once a large network of trade avenues. This road had been part and parcel of a cultural amalgamation that encompassed various regions of Asia and connected the East and West of India, China, and Pakistan across the Mediterranean Sea. The part, which passes through Sikkim, connects China and India via the Lhasa, Nathu La, and Jelep La Pass and reaches Tamralipta (now Tamluk) in West Bengal. From here, this road connects to the sea in the east. It is believed that this road chanced upon traders in the First Century AD itself! The road extends to more than 6,500 kilometres and was once used for excessive trade of gold, copper, cotton, sugar, salt, tea, and horses. Did you know this is the first information superhighway in the world? The next time you make a Silk Route Sikkim tour plan don’t forget to relish the beauty of the roads that have been witness to perhaps over millions of trade deals. Today, the traders have bidden adieu. But, the snow-clad, rhododendron-filled path still welcomes you. We bet it would be an experience of a lifetime.

☑ Points of interest

• Zuluk
• Aritar
• Thambi
• Thangulam
• kupup Lake
• Tukla Valley
• Ramdhura
• Lungthung
• Jelep-La-Pass
• Thambi
• S Ganek
• Silk Route trail
• Nathang Valley
• Kalpokhri
• Tukla Valley
• Kupup
• Old Baba Mandir
• Jelep-La-pass view point
• Changu lake
• Baba mandir
• Nathula pass
• Kalapokhri
• Lampokhari
• Mankhim Temple
• Mankhim View Point
• Aritar Monastery
• Aritar Dakbunglow

☑ OLD BABA MANDIR


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Also known as Adi Baba Mandir, it is one of the most popular sightseeing destinations of Sikkim. It has been dedicated to Baba Harbhajan Singh, an Indian soldier in the 23rd Regiment, who breathed his last near the Nathu La Pass in East Sikkim in the year 1962 during the Indo-China War. The mandir (temple) has been constructed by the Indian Army at the bunker, which was allotted to the soldier during this stint in the Indian Army and contains his belongings. In the year 1969, Baba Harbhajan was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for this martyrdom. The Old Baba Mandir is not to be confused with the New Baba Mandir, which was constructed in the year 1982 for the convenience of the tourists. This new shrine rests in the junction of the Kupup-Gnathang road. You can visit this shrine if you plan to travel to the Tsongmo and Memencho Lake. The locals believe that the soldier still guards the road and saves the passersby from harm. Furthermore, it is also believed that the water kept in the temple has healing powers that can cure bodily ailments. This water should be consumed within 21 days and during this period, non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited. Moreover, you will find slippers kept at the foot of the temple. It is believed that these slippers can cure foot problems like gout. For those who cannot climb stairs, have breathing problems, or simply fail to reach up to the top of the temple, a facility of sending letters to the Baba has been allowed. Maintenance of the temple is carried out by the Indian Army.

☑ NATHULA PASS


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Nathula located at the Indo China border at an altitude of 14,100 feet asl is a favorite hotspot place of visit for visitors coming to Sikkim. It is 56 km East of Gangtok and connects the Indian state of Sikkim to Tibet Autonomous Region in China. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan. It is one of the highest motorable roads and is covered with rich alpine flora and fauna. Special permits are required to visit this site and excursions are organized by registered tour operators only. The Nathula Pass was re-opened for border trade after a gap of 44 years in 2006. The road to this pass is breathtaking and the landscape is dotted with army settlements. This pass has historical importance and in 1904, Major Francis Younghusband, serving as the British Commissioner to Tibet, led a successful mission through Nathu La to capture Lhasa. It is guarded on both sides by the Chinese and Indian soldiers.
At present domestic tourists are given permit to visit Nathula 4 days a week (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday) and the number of vehicles are restricted to visit Nathula each day. Visitors need special permits to visit this high altitude pass.

☑ TUKLA VALLEY


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When you travel farther the New Baba Mandir from the Adi Baba Mandir, you will see a beautiful snow-covered valley, named Tukla Valley. Situated at an elevation of 12,500 km, can be a risky adventure for the faint-hearted. But, once you reach there and get a hold of your breath, you will see the white valley is a blessing of God. But, did you know that the place has a history to it? This Tibetan highland demo-graphed beauty gets a historical importance from the war memorial built in memory of the British soldiers who fell at the Battle of Tukla. 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.

☑ KALAPOKHRI


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Kalapokhri ( A sacred Lake to the villagers ), got it's name from the Black colored Lake situated at the entrance of the Village. About a couple of hundred metres above the lake is a cave which the Buddhists use for their ceremonies and prayers as was evident from the smell of stale incense, a couple of tridents and coins placed as offerings. Dark, damp and crawling. we listened to the stories of the lamas who spend days on end inside. Legend has it that the length of the cave is greater than the distance between Kalpokhri and the Kanchendzonga. The fact yet to be verified.

☑ Lampokhari


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Noted to be one of the oldest lakes in Sikkim, Lampokhari is a mesmerizing emerald boot-shaped lake. It is placed at an altitude of 4600 feet and is 1120 feet long and 240 feet wide. Also known as Aritar Lake, it is surrounded by rich green pine forests making it look even more stunning. The main highlight about this natural lake is its boating facility and a pathway that has been constructed around the lake for tourists to look at itfrom different angles. The pine forest around the lake adds more charm and captivates the visitors here. There is also a small shrine on the banks of the lake dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava.

☑ THAMBI


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A little above Lungthung is Thambi View Point. Located at a height of 11200 ft above the sea level, this view point offers a very clear view of three-level Zig-Zag Road on one side and a panaromic view of Kanchendzonga on the other side.
Located at around 14 kms from Zuluk, one gets a very clear view of the famous three-level zig-zag road.This view point is located on a U turning of the Zig Zag Road. The geometry of curves of the three level Zig Zag Raod is clearly visible on a clear day and is unique and unparalleled.
In winters, both the sides of the road are coverd with snow, while in Monsoons i.e May to July, the entire range is filled with Rhodedondrons on both the sides of the road. The journey from Zuluk to Thambi View Point is spectacular.

☑ KUPU


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Among one of the first lakes enroute to Kupu is Kupup Lake or Hatipokhari Lake or Elephant Lake.
With couple of small lakes nearby, this lakes take the trophy as its crystal clear water changes its colour with the changing season. Surrounded by mountains and valleys, one can walk down to feel the beauty of the lake.
Lake falls on way to Adi Baba Mandir. Wild ducks swim in the transparent water of the Lake which freezes during the winter.

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☑ DAY 1: NJP to Gangtok

Meet & greet on arrival at NJP and drive for 5 hrs to Gangtok, after breakfast own sightseeing either lesiure time expend.
N/Stay in Gangtok.

☑ Day 2: Gangtok to Nathang

After Breakfast we will start for Gangtok to Nathang via
Changu lake: Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim, some 40 kilometres from the capital Gangtok
Baba mandir: Baba Mandir is a distinguished sightseeing place of Sikkim. This “mandir” or shrine is dedicated to “Baba” Harbhajan Singh, who was a soldier of the Indian Army. He died near the Nathula Pass in eastern Sikkim, India
Nathula pass: Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road
Tukla valley: When you travel farther the New Baba Mandir from the Adi Baba Mandir, you will see a beautiful snow-covered valley, named Tukla Valley. Situated at an elevation of 12,500 km, can be a risky adventure for the faint-hearted.
Kalapokhri: The most beautiful tourist spot in Kalapokhri village is the Kalapokhri Lake from where the village gets its name. It is frequented by tourists, who visit the lake to eye the black waters
N/stay in Nathang.

☑ Day 03: Nathang to Zuluk

After breakfast nathang to Zuluk via
Rongli Dam
Lingtam: Lingtam or Lingtum is the first village with a check post after Rongli on this route. It is a very peaceful small village with a sparkling weather guarded by a small river called Bakhuter Khola. Located at an altitude of around 5000 feet above sea level, Lingtum has two monasteries and is surrounded by hills on all sides.
Keukhela Falls
Phadamchen: Phadamchen is a small mountain village located in east Sikkim. This tiny village is one of the best place to be acclimatized before taking uphill towards high-altitude Nathang Valley and finally reach
Zuluk: Dzuluk or Zuluk or Jhuluk or Jaluk is a small hamlet located at a height of around 10,000 feet on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim of the Indian state Sikkim
N/Stay in Zuluk.

☑ Day 04: Zuluk to Aritar

After breakfast start for
Aritar: Aritar is a region in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim under Rongli Sub-Division. It is known for its natural and landscaped beauty just beside of
Lampokhari: This lake is popular for boating, hence, you can paddle around the boot shaped lake and enjoy every moment being one with nature. You can also hike up the pathway towards Mankhim and get a spellbinding view of the valleys and lake. You can also visit the Mankhim temple that is positioned right beside the lake.
Aritar Gumpa: Aritar Gumpa, popularly knowns as Ari Gumpa is nestled on the edge of the Himalayas, offers as a vantage point for the panoramic view of the lush green mountains, winding roads amidst rich vegetation and slow-moving green algae water of Lampokhri Lake
Mankhim View Point: The Mankhim Temple is an off beat tourist destination in Sikkim which is slowly gaining popularity among the tourists because of its great historical as well as religious significance. It is situated at the top of the hill near Hattipailay Village, belongs to Khambu or Rai Aritar Monastery and Aritar Dakbunglow.
N/Stay in Aritar.

☑ Day 05: Aritar to NJP Drop

After Breakfast, start for NJP from Aritar with sweet silk route memory.

☑ Package Include:-


1. Accommodation in the listed Hotels.
2. All transfers in an exclusive non-ac vehicle.(NJP-NJP)

☑ Package Exclude:-

1. All items which are not included in inclusion list.
2. Sunrise from Lungthung.
3. Room heater Charge At Zuluk and Nathang.
4. Any Kind of Entry Fees.
5. Boating charges at Aritar.
6. Train & Air Fare.
7. Laundry, Tips, phone call Porter or any such personal expense.

☑ DAY 1: NJP/IXB to Gangtok

Meet & greet on arrival, Njp /IXB to Gangtok Drop check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Gangtok.

☑ Day 2: Gangtok visit Changu Lake, Baba Mandir

After breakfast Gangtok VISIT
Changu lake: Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim, some 40 kilometres from the capital Gangtok
Baba mandir: Baba Mandir is a distinguished sightseeing place of Sikkim. This “mandir” or shrine is dedicated to “Baba” Harbhajan Singh, who was a soldier of the Indian Army. He died near the Nathula Pass in eastern Sikkim, India then drop to the hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel in Gangtok.

☑ Day 03: Gangtok to Nathang

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Nathang then visit to
Nathang valley: Nathang Valley, also known as Gnathang Valley is a high-altitude plateau in East Sikkim. Located at an altitude of 13,500 feet above sea level and flanked by mountains on all sides, this is a remote valley with a meandering stream crisscrossing it
Laxman Chowk: Laxman Chowk is a Locality in Dehradun City in Uttarakhand State, India. Khurbura , Patel Nagar , Lakkhibagh , Vijay Park , Dehradun are the nearby Localities to Laxman Chowk. Dehradun , Mussoorie , Rishikesh , Chamba are the nearby Cities to Dehradun.
Thambi viewpoint: A little above Lungthung is Thambi View Point. Located at a height of 11200 ft above the sea level, this view point offers a very clear view of three-level Zig-Zag Road on one side and a panaromic view of Kanchendzonga on the other side.
Tukla Valley: When you travel farther the New Baba Mandir from the Adi Baba Mandir, you will see a beautiful snow-covered valley, named Tukla Valley. Situated at an elevation of 12,500 km, can be a risky adventure for the faint-hearted old Baba Mandir.
Overnight stay at hotel in Nathang.

☑ Day 04: Nathang to Zuluk

After breakfast check out from the hotel then proceed to
Zuluk: Dzuluk or Zuluk or Jhuluk or Jaluk is a small hamlet located at a height of around 10,000 feet on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim of the Indian state Sikkim
N/Stay in Zuluk.
Phadamchen: Phadamchen is a small mountain village located in east Sikkim. This tiny village is one of the best place to be acclimatized before taking uphill towards high-altitude Nathang Valley
Lingtum: Lingtam or Lingtum is the first village with a check post after Rongli on this route. It is a very peaceful small village with a sparkling weather guarded by a small river called Bakhuter Khola. Located at an altitude of around 5000 feet above sea level, Lingtum has two monasteries and is surrounded by hills on all sides.
Overnight stay at hotel in Zuluk.

☑ Day 05: Zuluk to Reshikhola

After breakfast check out from the hotel then proceed to Reshikhola visit
Reshi River: You can also indulge your self in the luxury of bathing and fishing in the crystal clear Reshi River.
N/Stay in Reshikhola.

☑ Day 06: Reshikhola to NJP drop

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drop to NJP with sweet vacation memory.

☑ Package Include:-


1. Accommodation in the listed Hotels.
2. All transfers in an exclusive non-ac vehicle.(NJP-NJP)

☑ Package Exclude:-

1. All items which are not included in inclusion list.
2. Sunrise from Lungthung.
3. Room heater Charge At Zuluk and Nathang.
4. Any Kind of Entry Fees.
5. Boating charges at Aritar.
6. Train & Air Fare.
7. Laundry, Tips, phone call Porter or any such personal expense.