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Zuluk

Zuluk is a small village beside a winding road. It was once a transit point to the historic Silk Route from Tibet to India. The road through Zuluk makes almost 32 hairpin turns to reach Lungthung, which makes it a unique engineering feature. The major attraction lies in watching the sunrise over Mt. Kanchendzonga and its allied peaks from Thambi View Point (around 14 kms away). During August and September, Zuluk is drenched in a riot of colors of wild flowers. You need a permit to visit this place.  Although the mobile connectivity is not good, but no worries, wander where the Wi-Fi is weak.

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Thambi View Point

Thambi View Point - At 11200 feet, Thambi View Point offers a panoramic view of Mt. Khangchendzonga. Located at a distance of 14 kms from Zuluk on the famous zig-zag road with 30 hairpin turns, Thambi is a roadside viewpoint that opens up suddenly to Mt. Kanchenjungha. Named after the Civil Engineer who constructed this amazing road, Thambi Viewpoint truly honours the extra-ordinary feat achieved by the engineers and workers who constructed this road. 


Lungthung

Lungthung -The village of Lunghthung located at almost 11,500 feet is perched on a hilltop with panoramic views of Mt. Khangchendzonga on one side and the winding roads of Zuluk on the other. From January to April the whole of Lungthung is virtually buried in snow and the only color you can see is white. The mountain slopes and valleys are drenched in a riot of colors around Lungthung from July to September when the wild flowers bloom.


Gnathang Valley

Gnathang Valley - Located at an altitude of 13,500 feet, this lush valley is home to traditional yak herders. Gnathang Valley appears in different colours in different times of the year. In autumn it looks golden when the grass dries up, in rainy season it’s covered in flowers and in winter it is buried in 5 feet of snow. Gnathang Valley is also visited by migratory birds just before the onset of winter. There’s a monastery, a temple and a small bridge over a small stream in the distance dotting the valley.


Young Husband Trail

Young Husband Trail - After crossing Kupup Lake, you would find a place marked “Younghusband’s Track”. A beaten track starts from here which was used by the British Army to conquer Tibet. Led by Lt. Col. Francis Younghusband in 1903 – 1904, this was the first expedition to conquer Tibet by any European Army. The British troops began its journey from Siliguri, moved up to Rangpo, Gnathang and crossed through Jelep La Pass into Chumbi Valley in Tibet and finally reached Lhasa traversing a distance of 520 kms.


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