ZULUK TRAVEL GUIDE
A Little Haven Amidst The Mighty Mountains
Situated at a stature of around 10,100 feet on the tough territory of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim, Zuluk or Dzuluk is a little town next to a winding street. It was previously a travel point to the memorable Silk Route from Tibet to India. It is one of the off-beat destinations in East Sikkim. This little town obliges a populace of around 700 individuals. There is likewise an Indian Army base at Zuluk, which has been utilized as a travel camp for the armed force development to the Chinese fringe, a couple of kilometres away.
Zuluk determines its tourism significance because of the great views of the eastern Himalayan Mountain including the Kanchenjunga. An excursion to the zone requires special licenses. The licenses however would be taken care of by us, and as a visitor you would just need to give your id evidence and photo.
SIGHTSEEING DESTINATIONS IN ZULUK
THAMBI VIEW POINT
Immediately after reaching Zuluk, your vehicle will begin climbing steep mountains. The acclaimed Zig Zag Street, takes couple of dozen turns and curves to cover the 14 km separation to Thambi view point. At an elevation of 11,200 feet it gives an amazing view at dawn. The whole eastern Himalaya can be seen from this spot including the Kanchenjunga. Here you will be surrounded by the thick virgin backwoods, unexplored and untampered by the hues of modernity. You can also spend time here spotting extensive bright feathered creatures, for example, Satyr Tragopan or the Himalayan Monal. You can likewise stroll around and attempt to find the first silk course. The stone cleared street is as yet unblemished at numerous spots.
While in transit to Thambi view point you can likewise stop over to the spot where a gathering of neighbourhood individuals have purportedly observed the Yeti. The account of “Yeti”, “Bonzhakri” and other old stories sound extremely plausible as you sit by the little fire in the night under the open twilight sky. While in Zuluk, you should definitely spend time here and listen to these folklores by the locals.
A little ahead (around 4 kms) from Zuluk is Lungthung at a height of 13,000 ft. Your precarious tough voyage closes here as you will begin following the mountain edges now. You will also come across two or three lush green little tea estates as you proceed with your voyage further. A great part of the number of inhabitants here in Lungthung are those that escaped from Tibet during the Chinese intrusion. Some old individuals may at present have the capacity to disclose to you accounts of those days if you wish to know more about the past.
Around 4 kms in front of Lungthung is Tukla, known for the battle of Tukla. An unexpected British armed force driven by Lt. Col Francis Younghusband attacked Tibet through this course in 1903. They confronted savage opposition from the Tibetan warriors and thus began the battle of Tukla. Many Tibetan warriors suffered and died during this battle. A memorial has been built here to pay tribute to the warriors.
The street bifurcates at Tukla. The street on the left goes to Nathang Valley and the street on right privilege goes to Old Baba Mandir. The two streets will meet again at a separation about around 7 to 8 kms.
The left street will take you to Nathang Valley. The place has come up as one of the most popular tourist destination in Sikkim. Homestay options here are more constrained than in Zuluk. As the place is arranged at a high elevation, a night stay here without acclimatization may prompt height ailment.
OLD BABA MANDIR
Your next stop ought to be the Old Baba Mandir, which you may likewise visit on your way back. The Old Baba Mandir is not so much touristic but rather more real. The first Bunker of Baba Harbhajan Singh, dresses, bed, even the composition work area is safeguarded here. There is a temple in the area named Baba Harbhajan Singh.
Around 5 kms from where the streets of Baba Mandir and Nathang valley meet, you will reach Kupup. This place is well known because of a few reason, The Yak Golf course of Indian Army here is said to be the most astounding on the planet (13025 feet, 3970 meter). The Kupup Lake privately known as Hatisure, is formed like Hati or the elephant.
About a kilometre before you achieve Baba Mandir to your left side you can see the Memenchu Lake. The street to Memenchu begins from Baba Mandir yet requires special permit to reach. There is a house beside the lake where you can spend a night.
WILDLIFE AT ZULUK
Zuluk is encompassed by wild backwoods, a portion of the woods are still virgin. Here you can spot wild animals such as Deer, Wild Dog, Himalayan Bear and the red panda. A few tigers have additionally allegedly been located in the region. An assortment of feathered creatures can likewise be seen, for example, Monal Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Khaleez Pheasant, Snow Pheasant and others.
BEST TIME TO VISIT ZULUK
Amid August and September, Zuluk is doused in different shades of wild blossoms. The entire area is canvassed with different wild flowers. From January to April Zuluk is shrouded in snow. While the blustery period of May to July is generally foggy.
THE MOST FEASIBLE WAY TO REACH ZULUK
- Zuluk is around 4 hours from Gangtok (90 kms). You may travel from Gangtok to Zuluk through Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir, yet permit for this course is moderately hard to get. More typical route is via Pakyong and Lingtham.
- In the event that you are going from some other place, for example, Darjeeling, Pelling or NJP or Bagdogra, you need to first go to Rongpo, the entry point of Sikkim. From here a less trodden course will take you to Dzuluk through Rorathang.
- Individuals making a trip to Dzuluk from East Sikkim neighbouring Bengal district, that is the Kalimpong subdivision, can travel through Pedong, Reshi, Aritar course to reach Zuluk.
So go ahead and explore the nooks and corners of this hamlet town!