Zuluk Tourism

Zuluk Tourism

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  • State: 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.
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Zuluk Traveller Reviews

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Amit Ghosh

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  • 345 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  15624 readers

"The snowy Zuluk" new review

  • 5.5 / 7
  • Posted 3 days ago
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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"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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"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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"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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Moumita Ghorai

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"Heavenly experience!"

  • 7.0 / 7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2015
It is beautiful little hilly village on the lower Himalayas at 10000 ft altitude, with a great view of Mt Kanchenjunga. The cloud capped mountain ranges just adds to the serenity of this place. We stayed only for a day and a night in here on our way to Lung thung from Sillery Gaon. It was one of the best experiences of my life :)
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Kakali Guhathakurta

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"A 'snow'y experience in March"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted Mar 12, 2015
Zuluk was not on our tour itinerary initially, but a on-the spot decision turned out to be an experience worth cherishing! We went to Zuluk in early Marchafter a one night stopover at Phadamchen, a tiny hamlet on the way to Zuluk.

The next day we started early and reached Zuluk town which seemed a very congested small town, but as we started going higher and higher, the path seemed to unfold its mysteries to us. Actually there was an unexpected rain the last night, which had resulted in a heavy snowfall in the terrain. Both sides of the winding path (called a Zigzag Road) were awash with snow and we were literally jumping in joy like teenagers.

After some 14 kms of drive we reached Thambi View Point and wonder of wonders, we could spot the Kanchenjunga bathed in a Orange Hue! We could not see the whole range because of a foggy weather, but what we saw would last us a whole lifetime. We also saw icicles on our way.

After sometime, we travelled further up and could spot an Indian Army outpost. We went inside and met some very friendly army men from Madras Regiment. We chatted them up and took photographs with them too. They pointed to us the borders of Bhutan and China. We rolled in ice and took photographs of us. The sky was a clear blue and the ice was 2-3 inches deep. It was a heavenly feeling for us from the plains but the army people were clearly bored after seeing ice day after day.

Now was our time to bid goodbye as our driver was reluctant to drive any further due to snow, so we could not visit Baba Mandir this time, which is further north. On our way back, the weather changed dramatically and all we could see was fog all around. We thanked our lucky stars for such a short-lived but memorable experience.

Tips: One should take cars with Sikkim registration from Phadamchen, otherwise if you have a car with WB registration, you have to take a special permit from Phadamchen, as was the case with us.
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Avijit Maji

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"Amazing spot, specially for honeymoon"

  • 6.5 / 7
  • Posted Aug 20, 2014
Sept to feb is the best time to visit because @ sept beautiful weather & amazing sunrise @ dec to feb there was lot bird from other country & ice. I must visit - Bhul bhuliya road, zigzag road, sun rise, old baba mandir, new baba mandir. If you select it a honeymoon tour then its amazing for your loved ones.
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Pallab Ghosh

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"Scenic Pheng Dong Hills at Padamchen"

  • 5.0 / 7
  • Posted Feb 11, 2014
I visited the Pheng Dong Hills on 08 February 2014 as a part of my Zuluk tour. I have written about the main part of my tour separately. The hill is beautiful. The walk in the forest was very pleasant. The air is fresh and there is absolute tranquillity all over the place. However, one needs to have a good practice of walking uphill and walk for several kilometres. New roads are being made and resorts are being built, which will ensure that this place becomes an attractive tourist destination. I was accompanied by my host, Mr. Bhim Lama who arranged all the permits required, vehicles and home stays. We trekked for about 3 hours and covered about 5 km. I also visited the Pheng Dong Lake on our way. The local people believe that there will be a severe drought if the water of this lake dries up. Some photos of Pheng Dong Hills are attached.
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"Awesome silk route"

  • Posted May 31, 2013
An excellent trip. lovely zuluk,gnathang valley, cool padamchen, kupup memencho lake. awesome silk route bends, clear peaks. kanchanzongha at thambi, snow fall on road, adi & new babamandir,tukla. gelep la view , sherathang, finally tsomgo(changu) lake..mesmerising nature!!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: food locally available,little costly but nature will make you forget those. local woollen garment.

Activities & things to do: Engulf the natural beauty as much u can. ascending from 5000ft lingtam to 14000ft sunrise at lungthung, frozen road,valley, 95 road bends of silk route visible. awesome kanchanzongha, baba mandir,tukla, kupup,memencho lakes, gelep la chinese post from distance. highest golf course,atm,tele exchange. famous tsomgo.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reach zuluk from njp via pedong,rongli. You may stay at lingtam comfortably. permission for silk route needed.proper medicines,food,water,acclimatisation needed. start early to get back in time. weather changes drastically. strictly follow rules in defence areas. u may go gangtok from tsomgo
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