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No More Ladakh! 9 Reasons Why you Must Drive the Silk Route

No More Ladakh! 9 Reasons Why you Must Drive the Silk Route testideass.in

Fill up the tank and stock up the boot with unlimited supplies. The Silk Route is a sheer delight to drive on and HolidayIQ Travellers suggest an itinerary to explore the erstwhile trade route.

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No More Ladakh! 9 Reasons Why you Must Drive the Silk Route:

  1. Hotel Lamakhang, Zuluk (Sikkim)
  2. Hotel Chittiz, Aritar (sikkim)
  3. Nathula Hotel, Gangtok (Sikkim)
  4. Summit Ttakshang Residency Hotel & Spa, Gangtok (Sikkim)
  5. The Elgin Nor-Khill, Gangtok (Sikkim)
  6. Sherpa Retreat, Zuluk (Sikkim)
  7. Mayfair Gangtok Resort & Spa, Gangtok (Sikkim)
  8. Ghonday Village Resort, Geyzing (Sikkim)
  9. Club Mahindra Gangtok, Gangtok (Sikkim)

1. Drive On The Loop With 32 Hairpin Turns: Zuluk

Drive On The Loop With 32 Hairpin Turns: Zuluksource: aroundguides.com

The road through Zuluk makes almost 32 hairpin turns to reach Lungthung. Insta ready? When here, capture panoramic picture of the loops with the night Kanchenjunga at the background from Thambi viewpoint( at the height of about 11,000 feet).

Budget stays: Hotel Lamakhang

Mid-range stays: Sherpa Retreat

2. Home to traditional yak herders: Nathang Valley

Home to traditional yak herders: Nathang Valleysource: holidayiq.com

Streams, fluttering prayer flags on mountain edges, monasteries, migratory birds! Need more? Watch the sunrise from Eagle’s Nest Bunker(20 mins away). With flowers, migratory birds and overflowing stream Nathang Valley is magical.

Budget stays: Hotel Chittiz

Mid-range stays: Lampokhari Village Resort

3. Hot coffee and momos at 14,000 feet: Nathu la Pass

Hot coffee and momos at 14,000 feet: Nathu la Passsource: travellersoul.com

Military bunkers, a war memorial, an army exhibition centre, a military canteen serving hot tea and fresh snacks. Nearly, 70 kms from Gangtok, crossing the azure blue Tsomgo Lake  and the new Baba Harbhajan Mandir

Budget stays: Hotel Chittiz

Mid-range stays: Lampokhari Village Resort

4. Dense temperate forests & migratory birds: Padamchen

Dense temperate forests & migratory birds: Padamchensource: goingwild.in

The dense temperate forests will leave you surprised. With a huge bird population like Laughing thrushes, Fulvettas, Honey Buzzards, Steppe Eagles, Babblers, Tits, Wrens, this place is a haven for bird watchers. 

Budget Stay: Suprabhatam Hotel

Luxury Stay: Summit Ttakshang Residency Hotel & Spa, Gangtok

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5. Four Lake Point ( KupKup Lake, Green Lake & Jorpokahri Lake)

Four Lake Point ( KupKup Lake, Green Lake & Jorpokahri Lake)source: holidayiq.com

At an altitude of 13600 feet, on the way to Menmecho,  view the endless stretches of the barren Tibetan plateau with four lakes that are dotted within the horizon.

Mid range stay: Tashi Delek

Luxury stay:  Mayfair Gangtok Resort & Spa

6. Beauty of the Tibetan Highlands at Tukla Valley

Beauty of the Tibetan Highlands at Tukla Valleysource: asweseeitphotography.files.wordpress.com

Abhijit Gupta: Tukla Valley can be explored or visited if you go further towards New Baba Mandir. In winter, the valley remains white with snow and in spring, rhododendrons make the valley colourful.

Mid range stay: Tashi Delek

Luxury stay:  Mayfair Gangtok Resort & Spa

7. Adventure seeker’s paradise: Changu Lake

Adventure seeker’s paradise: Changu Lakesource: wikimedia.org

Adventure seekers, trek to Kyonqnosla Alpine Sanctuary. Do not forget to buy yak cheese, trinkets and local curios to the tourists. Adventure seekers can also enjoy trekking at the surrounding Kyonqnosla Alpine Sanctuary.

Budget stay: Denzong Inn

Mid range stay: Tashi Delek

8. For the love of rhododendrons: Jelep La Pass

For the love of rhododendrons: Jelep La Passsource: holidayiq.com

Adventurous roads, forests of rhododendron, spring are in full bloom, beautiful  hamlets. Yes, this is the route to Jalep La Pass.

Budget: Rhenock House - A Luxury Villa

Mid range stay: Sonamchen

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9. Pine Forests & deep slopes: Menmecho Lake

Pine Forests &  deep slopes: Menmecho Lakesource: youtube.com

It stays frozen from January to August. Your car won’t reach the lake. So you’ll have to trek 4 km to reach the lake point. Surrounded by untouched pine forests and deep slopes, Menmecho Lake is said to change colours every minute.

Budget: Rhenock House - A Luxury Villa

Mid range stay: Sonamchen

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