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Zuluk, Aritar Silk Route Tour Package

Silk Route Tour Package (Zuluk, Artitar & Sillery Gaon)

The unexplored little hamlet of Sillery Gaon is a picture out of the postcards literally. Situated in the Kalimpong district of West Bengal, Sillery Gaon sits atop an altitude of 6000 ft. Dense pine forests, lush greenery all around, the pleasant chirping of the birds to the scenic beauty adds up to it being regarded as the “New Darjeeling”. A tiny hill town nestled in the lap of Himalayas, Aritar is an unexplored and hidden gem for nature lovers. The place is bestowed with the abundance of snow-clad mountains, dense forests, glacial lakes to several valleys and monasteries. A popular attraction in Eastern Sikkim, the place is famous for its unspoilt beauty and serenity.

Situated at an altitude of 10,000 ft the place has a primitive charm of its own. An abode of peace, Zuluk or Dzuluk is nestled in the lap of the rugged terrains of lower Himalayas in the eastern part of Sikkim. The place is close to the Indo-China border and was formerly part of the old silk-route acting as the transit point from Tibet to India.
Lingtam is the first village on the Silk Route Tour Package and is located at an altitude of 5000 ft making for a pleasant weather all year around. The place has a small river named the Bakhuter Khola that flows by adding to the charm of the quaint hill hamlet.

Overview:

Tour Location: Zuluk, Artitar & Sillery Gaon
Start From: Bagdgra (IXB)/ New Jalpaiguri Junction (NJP) 
Total Day: 04 Nights / 05 Days

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Silk Route Tour Highlights

Sillery Gaon:

  1. Majestic Views: Located at an elevation of 6,000 feet, Sillery Gaon offers stunning views of Mount Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks. It’s a serene hamlet known for its lush greenery and tranquil environment​ ​​ Impression Tourism India​.
  2. Local Attractions: Explore Ramitey View Point, Tinchuley View Point, and the ancient Sangchen Dorjee Monastery. The area is also perfect for short treks and enjoying the local flora and fauna​ Impression Tourism India.

Zuluk

  1. Serpentine Roads: Zuluk is renowned for its stunning and winding roads, particularly the zig-zag road with 32 hairpin bends that offer a thrilling driving experience and breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges.
  2. Thambi View Point: Located at an altitude of around 11,200 feet, Thambi View Point provides a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga range, especially captivating during sunrise.

Aritar

  1. Lampokhari Lake: Also known as Aritar Lake, this serene water body is one of the oldest natural lakes in Sikkim. It offers boating facilities and is surrounded by lush greenery, making it a perfect spot for relaxation and nature walks.
  2. Aritar Monastery: This ancient monastery, also known as Ari Gyan Kabir, showcases traditional Sikkimese architecture and provides insights into Buddhist culture and heritage.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 01: NJP to Sillerygaon

Transfer from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport to Sillerygaon (94kms / 4hrs) which is located at an elevation of 6000ft. Check-in into your homestay. A tiny hill hamlet where nature takes precedence in the form of the unending forested land that paves the way to this Himalayan abode. The term “Sillery” originated from the word “Sillery Saag”, one of the edible greens that the local villagers harvested and produced. Overnight at Sillery Gaon.

Day 02: Sillerygaon Local Sightseeing + Transfer to Aritar via Rishikhola

Visit Ramitey View Point that offers magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjunga coupled with the fourteen bends of River Teesta. The viewpoint also offers a stunning view of the confluence of two Rivers namely Teesta and Reshi. A barely 30 meters trek from Sillery Gaon leads you to Tinchuley View Point. This viewpoint is famous for offering a 360-degree view of the mighty Himalayas coupled with the Nathula and the Jelepla passes. A major attraction here is the Silent Valley. The place is regarded the same since it is right here where one can experience the sheer silence of the woods only to be intrigued by the occasional chirping of birds.


A lowland meadow is an ideal picnic spot and boasts of dense green foliage of pine trees. The monsoons are idyllic with rainwater that accumulates to form a lake called the “Siyalpokhri”. Visit the Sangchen Dorjee Monastery near Pedong that is recognized widely as the Pedong monastery. One that dates back to 300 years and was constructed by the local Lepcha tribes during the Bhutanese rule. The monastery gives a sneak peek into the culture and the history of the people of Pedong. Cross Hill is another attraction in Pedong which is located barely 1.5 km away from the main town and is a scenic place. Cross Hill got its name owing to the hills being adorned with a holy cross since it was frequented by the Christian community. The place is a perfect point for witnessing sundown.

Visit the Siddhi Vinayak Temple if time permits. The journey to Aritar will be routed through Rishikhola. Rishikhola is also named Reshikhola and the place has been slowly gaining prominence as an offbeat destination. Situated close to the Sikkim border in the town of Kalimpong, the place is famed for its picturesque landscape. The lofty hills are cascaded by lush green forests which are best for an evening stroll to soak in the crisp air and gaze at the clearest of skies. Later transfer to Aritar (40 km / 2 hrs). Located in Eastern Sikkim, Aritar sits across the edge of the Himalayas and comes under the Rongli sub-division of the state. Check-in into resort/homestay. Overnight at Aritar.

Day 03: Aritar Local Sightseeing + Transfer to Zuluk via Rongli

Visit Aritar Gumpha commonly known as the “Ari Gumpa” that offers panoramic views of the Himalayas with winding roads that lead up to the place. The lush green mountains and the dense vegetation envelop the area. Ari Gumpa is one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim and is located on way to the Mankhim Top. The monastery delves deep into the ancient manuscripts, artifacts, and intricately crafted and painted murals belonging to the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Visit the Aritar Lake also referred to as the Lampokhri Lake. Famed as a boot-shaped lake, Aritar Lake is one of the oldest recognized natural lakes around the Darjeeling hills that is 1120 feet in length and 240 feet wide in breadth. This is one of the natural lakes in Sikkim at an elevation of 4500 ft where one can even avail of boating. Lampokhri festival in the months of April and May tends to draw in more tourists due to the flower shows, cultural performances, and the regional cuisines being on the platter. The area in the vicinity also houses a temple to Lord Padmasambhava that is situated on the banks of the lake. Proceed to visit the Mankhim viewpoint which offers a bird’s eye view of the Lampokhri Lake that is so famed for being an emerald green water lake. The temple of Rai is another point of attraction in Mankhim that is dedicated to the “Rai”, a medieval Hindu cult with its roots in the “Maity Village”. The place offers unparalleled views of the might Kanchenjunga. Later if time permits visit the Dalapchand Village.

Further, halt over at Rongli market to secure permits for Silk-route. Once the permits are procured head over to Zuluk (42 km / 3.5 hrs). En-route visit the Keokhola waterfalls and Nimachen. If time permits visit the Padamchen village. The village is barely 4 km away from Zuluk and is a hotspot in the silk route tour package. The village is located at an elevation of 8000 ft and boasts of some of the best views of the surrounding forests and valleys of the Himalayan foothills. Check-in into resort/homestay at Zuluk. Overnight at Zuluk.

Day 04: Zuluk to Lingtam via Nathang & Kupup

Transfer to Lingtam (76 kms / 6 hrs). En-route cover local sightseeing. The Zig Zag Road has a dozen bends and curves spanning a good 14 km leading to the separation point of the Thambi View Point. The place offers stunning views including that of Mount Kanchenjunga. The place is located at an elevation of 11,200 ft and is bestowed with pristine beauty that is untampered. The Thambi View Point is an added attraction for the mesmerizing views of the hills and the allied peaks. Ones that glisten while the rays of the sun serenade the snow-clad peaks making it a sight to behold. There are 32 hairpin bends across the road that leads to Lungthung.

Thus, making it one of the most memorable of experiences. Visit Laxmichak, Tukla Valley, Nathang Valley, Old Baba Mandir, Kupup Village, Elephant Lake. If time permits also visit the Jelep La Pass and the Yak Golf Course. Tekla valley is 4 km from Lungthung and is historic for the battle of Tukla that was fought here between an unexpected British armed force and the Tibetan warriors. The memorial pays homage to the Tibetan warriors who lost their lives in the battle. Nathang Valley is right on the opposite road that leads to Old Baba Mandir. The place offers the most scenic backdrop to picture-postcard views. While Old Baba Mandir houses the first bunker, dresses, and bed of Baba Harbhajan Singh.  Kupup Village has the Yak Golf Course as well as the elephant-shaped lake known as the Kupup Lake. Later check-in into resort/homestay at Lingtam. Overnight at Lingtam.

Day 05: Lingtam Local Sightseeing + Transfer to New Jalpaiguri / Bagdogra Airport

Visit Lingtam Monastery, Bagutar Hanging Bridge. Later transfer to New Jalpaiguri / Bagdogra Airport. Tour Ends.

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