Zuluk Silk Route 4N 5D Package
Day 01: NJP – Sillerygaon (New Darjeeling)
Pickup at NJP early in the morning and transfer to Sillerygaon, a distance covered in about 3.5 to 4 hrs.
Situated at an altitude of 6,000 ft, Sillerygaon is a village of not more than 32 families and that too in the middle of a forest. This place is being proclaimed as the New Darjeeling because of its beautiful view of the Kanchendzonga. Its serene atmosphere is an invitation to run away from the hum and din of the city.
Rest of the day is to soak in the beauty of Sillerygaon. Visit the Ramitay view point, Tinchuley view point, Silent Valley and the Damsang Fort ruins. All these places can be hiked/trekked through dense pine forests and no vehicle is required to visit these places.
Ramitay view point offers the longest view of River Teesta with approximately 14 turns. Thereafter you can trek to Damsang Fort as well as the Silent valley.
Rest of the day at leisure at Sillerygaon.
Breakfast (No) Lunch (Yes) Dinner (Yes)
Day 02: Sillerygaon – Zuluk
After breakfast, leave for Dzuluk/Zuluk.
Stop at Rongli for Restricted Area Permit. On the way, pass through Lingtam, see the Kuekhola Falls, cross Padamchen and reach Zuluk.
At Zuluk, if you so desire, you can visit the Shivalaya Baba Mandir (No vehicle required). Enjoy the sunset at Zuluk from Balasiur sunset point (Walkable distance, no vehicle) Overnight at Zuluk/Padamchen.
Breakfast (Yes) Lunch (Yes upon arrival at Zuluk) Dinner (Yes)
Day 03: Zuluk To Kupup and Gnathang Valley and overnight at Zuluk.
Sunrise viewing activity (Only if weather is expected to be clear):
Start at 3:30 - 4:00 a.m and leave for Sunrise from the Ganek View point/Lungthung.
Enjoy the view of the Kanchendzonga change its hue from Golden to silver and thereafter view the Sun rise over the Bhutan hills. A unique Sunrise view comparable to the best Sunrise anywhere in India.
Note: Sunrise Cost is not included in the package and is extra payable on the spot, only if sunrise trip is availed. The cost of Sunrise is Rs.1500 for the entire vehicle.
If you go for the Sunrise View, after sunrise, return to Zuluk and then, after breakfast at Zuluk, follow the Silk Route Trail.
Enjoy the beauty of the Zigzag Road, Thambi View point, Bhulbhulaiya, Lungthung, Laxmi Chowk, Tukla Kalapokhari, Tukla Baba Mandir, Tukla valley, Jelepla Pass View Point (Distant View) and reach Kupup.
At Kupup, don’t miss the Hathi Pokhari Lake, also called the Elephant Lake or the Kupup Lake. You may also indulge in window shopping at the shops at Kupup or buy some Chinese stuff at the small shops at Kupup, selling Chinese products and woollens. Do not forget to taste steaming Momos and tea at Kupup.
At Kupup, also see the World’s highest Golf course, the Yak Golf Course at 13025 ft (Guinness Book of World Records acclaimed), the Ice Hockey ground and the young Husband’s Track. Thereafter move on to Gnathang valley.
Gnathang Valley or Gnathang Valley is popularly called the “The Ladakh of East India”. Situated at an altitude of 13,500 ft. above the sea level, Gnathang Valley is one of the most beautiful spots on the Old-Silk-Route sector.
Surrounded by snow capped hills and mountain landscape Gnathang Valley offers an astounding view of Mt. Khanchendzongha.
Mt. Kanchenjunga seems to be at a stone’s throw behind Gnathang Valley. Viewing the majestic beauty of the Himalayas during sunrise from Gnathang Valley is a life-long memorable experience. Chinese Watch Towers are clearly visible from Gnathang valley with the naked eyes.
Visit the Krishna Temple, The Gnathang monastery as well as the British Cemetery at Gnathang Valley.
Return to Zuluk and spend the rest of the day at leisure
Breakfast (Yes) Lunch (Yes, upon return to Zuluk) Dinner (Yes)
04: Zuluk to Reshikhola via Aritar
After breakfast start your journey for the last leg of your Silk Route trail to Reshikhola via Aritar.
On your return, you would stop at Lampokhari Lake or the Aritar Lake.
You can enjoy paddle boating (Optional and Own Cost) in the placid waters of the lake and do a Parikrama of this Holy Lake.
Alternately, you can visit the Mankhim Temple and enjoy the view of the Kanchendzonga as well as the Lampokhari Lake from there.
Reach Reshikhola, in about 2.5 to 3 hrs. Walk across the bamboo bridge to reach your cottage. Enjoy this lovely picnic spot on the bank of the Reshikhola. Walk up the Parvateshwar Shivalaya Mandir (visible from the cottage on top of a small cliff and involves climbing about 200 stairs).
Rest of the day is at leisure at Reshikhola
Breakfast (Yes) Lunch (Yes) Dinner (Yes)
A Brief Note about stay option at Reshikhola:
The Homestays at Reshikhola are situated on the bank of the river Reshi and one has to walk down about 500 – 750 metres to reach them. Vehicles do not go till those homestays. The vehicle will leave you on the road above (Access area to Reshikhola) and you have to walk down the distance to the Homestays.
There is no metalled road, one has to walk over small rocks and boulders and loose mud and a bamboo bridge over the river Reshi to reach the homestays. Porters are available to carry your luggage. However the porter charges are not included in the package cost and one has to pay for the same on the spot
People with knee problems or Senior citizens may have some problems going down or coming up.
You are advised to assess your own ability to go down before opting for a stay at Reshikhola. Change of destination cannot be accommodated once booking is confirmed.
Day 05: Reshikhola to NJP
After breakfast, check out from the resort and drive to NJP station / IXB airport to catch your Train / Flight for onward journey. Tour ends with Sweet memories.
Breakfast (Yes) Lunch (No) Dinner (No)