The Zuluk (Dzuluk) Silk Route was a trading route that connected Tibet to India. Starting from Chumbi valley in Tibet, the route ran through Jelepla, Zuluk, Aritar, Pedong, and finally ended at Kalimpong in West Bengal.
Zuluk Silk Route got its name from the small hamlet called Zuluk, which is situated beside the winding road. Zuluk is located at a height of 10,000 feet on the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim.
What is thrilling about the Zuluk Silk Route are the three-level switchback roads of Zuluk. The adventurous route, which comprises multiple hairpin bends (around 32), offers amazing views of Mt. Khangchendzonga and the surrounding Himalayan mountain range.
There are several homestays in Zuluk where visitors can stay. The best time to visit is in the months of May and October. Springtime sees the blooming of rhododendrons, painting the otherwise rugged terrain in hues of purple and red. Zuluk receives heavy snowfall during the winter months. December-February are the months you can witness snowfall in Sikkim.
There are several major attractions near Zuluk. Some of them are:
Thambi View Point: Located 14 km from Zuluk, at 11200 feet, Thambi View Point is famous for the sunrise over Mt. Khangchendzonga.
Lungthung: This is located above Thambi View Point at an elevation of 13,000 feet and offers a panoramic view of the Khangchendzonga range.
Nathang Valley: Located at 13,500 feet, Nathang Valley offers pristine landscapes and winding streams. The valley is occupied by people of Tibetan origin who live in modest wooden houses. The Valley takes on a burst of color between June and September when the rhododendrons are in bloom.
Kupup Lake: Also known as Elephant Lake due its shape, Kupup Lake on a clear day can be seen sparkling in a brilliant hue of emerald blue.
Memencho Lake: This is another high-altitude lake near Kupup Lake. The lake is surrounded by conifers on all sides and looks exceptionally pretty during the winters when snow blankets the trees in white.
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