Zuluk Tourism

Zuluk Tourism

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15 Ratings & 47 Reviews

Zuluk Info

  • State: Sikkim
  • District: East Sikkim
About Zuluk Tourism

Located in the lower Himalayas in east Sikkim, Zuluk is situated at an altitude of 10,000 feet and is an unexplored destination which has gained importance owing to its strategic location on the historic Old Silk Route and its proximity to the Indo-China border.

The Old Silk Route was the official corridor between India and China. The Silk Route originates from Kalimpong and passes through Pedong, Aritar, Zuluk and Jelepla to Chumbi valley located in Tibet. However, after the Chinese aggression, this route was closed and Nathula was made the official corridor between India and China.  In addition, an army base is located at Zuluk, which is utilised as a transit camp for the army movement towards the Chinese border. Majority of the inhabitants comprise of immigrants of Nepal, who settled at Zuluk. Since Zuluk is inhabited mostly by Nepali migrants, the village is dominated by Sikkimese-Nepalese culture.

Dashain, celebrated in the month of October, is the biggest festival and is also the most prominent festival of the region. Furthermore, Tihar is another famous festival, which is celebrated 15 days after Dashain. In addition to these festivals, dances are also performed to celebrate the cultivating and harvesting seasons in the region. The 'Dhan Naach' and 'Maruni' are two popular dance forms of this region.

Zuluk is famous for Sunrise Point and Tsomogo Lake, which is a popular picnic spot. In addition, travellers visiting the destination can pay a visit to Nag Temple and the Adi Baba Mandir. Apart from this, the Lungthung and the Luxmi Chowk are popular among wildlife and nature lovers. The best time to visit Zuluk is during the summer season, when the village is blooming with a variety of rhododendrons.

Zuluk can be reached through airways, roadways and railways. The nearest airport serving the destination is Bagdogra Airport, which is located at a distance of 128 km from Zuluk. From there, tourists can reach the village by road. Those travelling by trains are served by the New Jalpaiguri Station, which is the nearest train station to Zuluk. In addition to this, Zuluk can be reached via road through Gangtok and Siliguri. 

There is very limited accommodation facility in Zuluk. Travellers can look for accommodation options in Gangtok which is just 4 hours away from Zuluk or Aritar which is a nearby town.

Best time to visit Zuluk in the next six months

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Zuluk Traveller Reviews

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Archi Banerjee

  • Tourist
  • Archi Banerjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 76 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  4462 readers

"A small hamlet in East Sikkim"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted May 2, 2016
Zuluk is a small settlement just before the onset of the famous Zigzag Road (or bhulbhulaiya) in East Sikkim.

Historically, this village used to be the resting place of traders on their way to China, where they used to stay back and relax for a day. So, the place is located geographically in such a way that it is surrounded by layers of mountains acting as a protection for the chilly wind.

Nowadays there are a number of home stays present here but the oldest and well maintained are the ones of Chandu Bhutia (Snow Lion) and Gopal Pradhan (Dilmaya Retreat).

Devoid of any regular mobile collection Zuluk is a must stop for acclimatization on the way to Sikkim's jannat, Silk route. The exotic view of Sunset from the Zuluk Helipad is a must watch on a clear day, as well as the different layers of hills seen from Zuluk. Within 15 kms from Zuluk is Thambi view point, which is famous for its magnificent views of Mt. Kanchendzonga, and 3 kms beyond Thambi will take one to the Lungthung Sunrise point, which offers 180 degree view of sunrise over the Kanchendzonga range. But one has to start around 4 am from Zuluk, covering the 50 hairpin turns of the famous Zigzag road to reach Lungthung to view the first rays of sun kissing Mt. Kanchendzonga.

One can also stay at Lungthung, to avoid the early morning start, but the staying options are very basic and limited at Lungthung.

We went in March end, from Lungthung onwards the entire valley was covered in 3 ft snow and we were lucky to observe tremendous snowfall at Gnathang valley engulfing the entire valley in snow cover.

If you want to see snow, March- April is the best time to visit the Silk Route.
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Asis  Roy chowdhury

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  • Asis Roy chowdhury
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
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"Nice place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 19, 2016
Excellent place. Don't miss this place. See the sunset and sunrise. If snow is there then the place looks more beautiful. Unforgettable place. Staying place also like home. There vegetables are fresh. Through this route you see original Baba Mandir. Temperature is -5 here.
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Debdeep Saha

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  • Debdeep Saha
  • 1 Review
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"Zuluk is a dreamland"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 16, 2016
Dont miss the tour of Zuluk from your life, it is an awesome place ever. In any time of a year you can go there, after every ten minutes there climate changes, in winter you can get full off ice covered the village, and in summer you can enjoy with the mountain flower. Zuluk is a small village of east Sikkim, and the Ind-China border is very near.
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Nilotpal Basu

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  • Nilotpal Basu
  • Lives in Serampore
  • 4 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  4004 readers

"Loops and Layers, Zuluk"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 4, 2016
A must visit for every travel enthusiasts. Please don't miss the sunrise. Situated in East Sikkim, famous for the zigzag roads (Silk Route).

Must see :- Thambi view point, Bhulbhulaiya view point, old Baba Mandir, Kupup lake, kupup village, Gnathang valley.

Best time to visit :- Throughout the year except rainy season.
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Subhankar Das

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  • Subhankar Das
  • Lives in Bardhaman
  • 77 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Awesome destination with scenic beauty of Himalaya"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2015
Zuluk, situated in the Eastern Part of Sikkim, is at an altitude of almost 10,000ft from the sea-level. This part of state is easily accessible by road from Gangtok, the Capital of Sikkim. It's almost 55kms from Gangtok and it takes about 2. 5 hrs to reach Zuluk from Gangtok. The most important thing to see is the zigzag road here with several hairpin bends. Lungthung, a view point at 140000ft for watching sunrise on the mountain Kanchenjunga, is easily accessible from Zuluk by road. Other places include Kupup lake, Old Babamandir, New Babamandir, Gnathang Valley etc. The entire region is guarded by the Indian Army.
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  • ateeq
  • Highlander
  • 124 photos
  • 12 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  14832 readers

"Coldest place ever been to"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 30, 2015
A beautiful village atop a hill. It was October, still very cold. Zigzag road view from Thambi is very good. One can experience the best sunset from this place. Enjoyed season's first snowfall. Not advisable for elderly people and kids to travel to this place in winter. No hotels, only homestays. Food is very good and hygiene.
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Amit Ghosh

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  • Amit Ghosh
  • 23 photos
  • 503 Reviews
  •  135 helpful votes
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"The snowy Zuluk"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 26, 2015
This place offers a wonderful view of Kanchenjunga. About 4 kilometers away from Gangtok, pay a visit to this unexplored place which remains blooming with rhododendrons in the summers. The place is cold being just at the foothills of Himalayas at around 10, 000 feet height. Explore this place for pureness in serenity.
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Abhigyan Chakrabort

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  • Abhigyan Chakrabort
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  5426 readers

"Ice cold picturesque destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2015
Full of snow and sights, this chilly place has the ability to woo wanderers from distant places. Exotic view of mountains, snow capped roads with yaks treading along them and zig zag roads - all of them together sum up this place. Make sure enough woolen cloths are carried as the temperatures can dip pretty low. For food, one has to depend on the locals as this place is not near any city, but the food served is standard.

This place is worth a visit and its enthralling scenery will definitely entice travellers.
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Somnath Rudra

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  • Somnath Rudra
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  5783 readers

"Switzerland of India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 29, 2015
Very charming place for nature lover. Nice view of kanchenjunga, zigzag road, silk route. You can also see the world high altitude golf course at kupup lake. Best journey forever. We went on may 2015. The place was very much cold at that time. All hotels are very good condition. The temperature was down rapidly.
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  • Ranjith
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 7 Reviews
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"An amazing experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 5, 2015
Very good place. There is so many views. We were watching so many things, it was very unbelievable, one of that is when we saw mountains at any time we found its different colours, its amazing. It's quite an unusual thing for me because I never found that type of things in my entire life.
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