Zuluk- Traveler's Guide

Author: TourGenie
Date: 2023-12-12

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Nestled atop snow-clad mountains, veiled in mist and snow for much of the year, Zuluk, or Juluk, is a charming hamlet in Sikkim. A Zuluk sightseeing trip this season unveils breathtaking landscapes, with the village serving as a captivating destination for travelers worldwide. Situated on the historic 'Old Silk Route,' Zuluk carries a rich tapestry of Sikkim's historical and cultural heritage. In modern times, it has evolved into an adventurous haven, offering nature's extremes in their most enticing forms to thrill-seekers.


1.       Thambi View Point: Nature’s Gem

2.       Nathang Valley: Receives Good Snowfall

3.       Lungthung: Get Mountain Views

4.       Kupup Lake: A Scenic Hotspot

5.       Menmecho Lake: Get Heavenly Sights

6.       Tukla Valley: Watch The Tibetan Highlands

7.       Kalpokhari Lake: Feel Like a Dream

8.       Old Baba Mandir: Dedicated to A Veteran

9.       Tsomgo Lake: Where Dreams Meet Reality

10.   Nathula Pass: High Within the Mountains


Thambi View Point in Zuluk is a nature's gem, reached through a challenging road with 32 hairpin loops. At 11,200 meters, it provides stunning views of the Himalayas and Mount Kanchenjunga. The route is known for its scenic beauty, and the spot is famous for dreamy sunrises and sunsets.
Best times to visit are January to April and August to September, especially for sunrise at 4 am.


Nathang Valley in Sikkim is a winter paradise for adventure lovers, offering skiing facilities. It's a must-visit in December, with nearby attractions like Thambi View Point and Changu Lake. Ideal for various travelers.
Best times to visit are June to September and September to January.


Lungthung, a remarkable spot in Zuluk, is renowned for its panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and the Himalayas. Perched on a snow-covered hill, it offers a stunning winter landscape. Only 14 km from Thambi View Point, Lungthung is surrounded by dense, wildlife-filled forests. Located in Nathang Valley, it's a must-visit, with the best times being May to July (Rainy Season) and January to April (covered in snow).


Kupup Lake in East Sikkim, known as the Elephant Lake, is a must-visit spot in Zuluk. It features landmarks like the highest Golf Course globally and hosts water polo games. Best times to visit are April to July for clear views and the sight of wildflowers during spring and summer.


Menmecho Lake, a Zuluk gem in North East Sikkim, offers stunning sightseeing surrounded by Jelep La Mountains. Best visited from June to December, this lake is the source of the Rangpo-Chu River, with snow covering it from January to May. Special permits are required for the 60 km trip from Gangtok.


Tukla Valley in Zuluk is a key sightseeing spot with breathtaking views of the Tibetan highlands and the Himalayas, including Mt. Kanchenjunga. The valley houses a war memorial dedicated to fallen British soldiers from the Battle of Tukla. Ideal for visits in May and June, the valley is snow-covered for most of the year, with harsh winters and cool, colorful summers.


Nestled in captivating mountainous surroundings, Kalpokhari Lake stands out as one of Sikkim's finest. Winter transforms it into a dreamy frozen landscape, while the vibrant green valleys and blooming flowers make summers and spring the optimal times to experience its full beauty.

Ideal for visits from November to June.


Old Baba mandir is a less-known Zuluk tourist spot that comes on the way to the Nathang Valley. Dedicated to Sepoy Harbhajan Singh, a veteran of 1962 Indo-China war, the temple reminds the sacrifices he made during the war. The first bunker built by Harbhajan Singh, his bed, his dresses and many such memorabilia are preserved here. The temple is well-maintained by the cloud warrior regiment of Indian Army.
Best time to visit: January to April


Welcome to the most scenic Zuluk tourist spot formed naturally when snow melts and shows remarkable scenes of the valley. One of the best things about the lake are the leisure activities including yak rides, sipping tea or eating a plate of snacks, sitting by the lakeside. How you choose to spend your time around the lake is your choice. But do take your camera with you!
Best time to visit: April to August


Nathu La is a mountain pass connecting India with Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass is situated at a mammoth height of 14,140 feet above sea level. Up until 1962, the pass was of great importance because it was the intersection of trade via the Old Silk Route.
Best time to visit: April to June



Day 1: Arrival NJP/ Bagdogra

Day 2: Ride to Aritar from Sillery Goan

Day 3: Aritar to Zuluk

Day 4: Zuluk to Nathang

Day 5: Ride to Reshi Khola from Nathang

Day 6: Departure


Quick Facts About Silk Route Bike Trip:

Starting Point/ End Point: Siliguri

Duration: 6 Days & 5 Nights

Route: Siliguri -  Sillery Gaon - Aritar - Sillery Gaon - Zuluk - Nathang - Reshikhola – Siliguri


Gangtok to Zuluk Tour Package (Leisure Tour)

Day 1: Siliguri (NJP/ Bagdogra to Gangtok)

Day 2: Gangtok to Nathang

Day 3: Nathang to Padamchen/ Zuluk

Day 4: Padamchen/ Zuluk to Mankhim

Day 5: Mankhim to Icchey Goan

Day 6: Icchey Goan to NJP


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Protected Area Permits (PAP) are issued for

  1. Domestic tourists /locals for protected areas in Sikkim,
  2. Foreign tourists for Tsomgo Lake in East Sikkim and Lachen-Lachung-Yumthang-Thangu Valley in North Sikkim
  3. Two-Wheelers/Motor Bike Permit

Documents required for Zuluk

Voters ID/Driving license

2 passport-size photo

Kids aged below 18 years require their birth certificate/Father's voter ID/passport. Aadhar card is not accepted.

Foreigners are not allowed.

Documents required for Two-Wheelers/Motor Bike Permit

  1. Registration certificate of the Bike
  2. Driving License
  3. Pollution certificate
  4. Insurance certificate
  5. Passport size Photo (2 nos)
  6. Identity proof of rider and co-rider

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