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Nathu Lais a mountain pass in the Himalayas. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m (14,140 ft) above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Only citizens of India can visit the pass, and then only after obtaining a permit in Gangtok.Sealed by India after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 following numerous bilateral trade agreements. The Old Silk Route follows a different road, which has some unique beautiful views on the entire stretch of the route.
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Sillery Gaon: Village Sillery is a cool mountain village nestled amongst Himalayan hills, also known as New Darjeeling at an altitude of 6,000 ft in Darjeeling district and Kalimpong sub-division is 26kms from Kalimpong and 99kms from New Jalpaiguri, in the middle of the pine forests of Damsang. The name represents a plant named so, that grows there abundant. Its only a 4 KM trek from Pedong which is on the ancient Silk Route. The nearest halt is at Pedong that is a small hill town under Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling district, Pedong is situated at a distance of 21KM. east from Kalimpong. With a total population of around 20 houses mainly tribes, instantly you fall in love with this place anditssimpledowntoearthpeople.
The village is small but offers nature like anything. It is located Wake up to the sounds of birds chirping and a Glorious Golden Sunrise. The view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga is simply breathtaking from here and can be seen very close compared to any point in the region. As the locals say on a clear day leave aside Kanchendzonga, you can get a view of the Everest from this place.
15 Minutes from Sillery is RamiteyDara. the road is exorbitant that is the only word can be used that there is no language to describe the beauty and the silence. From RamiteDara one can see the sunset and feel previleiged to be one among the few to have seen the sunset from this place.
RESHI KHOLA Ecocamp had been till recently the only place to stay at Reshi, a very small village by side of Reshi river. This ecocamp is really the "eco" tag is for both ecology and economy for this staying place. The backdrop is the dense forests that come down to the river side.
Reshi Ecocamp best place to stay as it had a natural surrounding plus it is biggest USP was that machan. From evening till late night, just relax over there, listening to the gurgling of water and refreshments served over there - it is relaxing beyond imagination.
ARITAR is small village located in East Sikkim, under Rongli sub division. Aritar is 3 to 4 hours drive from Gangtok and 2 hours drive from Rongpo. Aritar Lake (a.k.aLampokhari) is new tourist destination, the lake has been renovated by the government to facilitate the first paddle boating in Sikkim. From Mankhim hilltop, the Lake looks just spectacular, if you are staying overnight at Aritar, it is recommended to enjoy its view very early in the morning. Aritar is worth visiting destination, whether you may paddle boat around the lake, or take a hike up to Phusrey Lake, visit surrounding hills or just make a plan to trek to Rachela, which is about 6 hours from Aritar. You can enjoy the scenic trees on the way, jungle orchids, splendid giant mountains of Bhutan and Bengal and the overwhelming feeling takes over you as you take the last step towards the Rachela, where the red rhododendrons bloom here like nowhere else.
ZULUK- ITS WHERE YOU FORGET THE REST OF THE WORLD
Set amidst the ethereal old terrains of the Himalayas in East Sikkim, at an altitude of (9,500ft), Zuluk is a relatively innovative and upcoming place for tourists. Located close to the border of Indo-China, the hamlet is a Nature-lovers Paradise, where beauty and adventure merge, but all in perfect harmony.
The importance of Zuluk is due to its location in the historic Old Silk Route. The Route started from Kalimpong and passed through Pedong, Aritar, Zuluk and Jelep La to Chumbi valley in Tibet. After the Chinese aggression, however Nathula is the official corridor between India and China.
The inhabitants of Zuluk are mostly immigrants from Nepal who came and settled here in the hope of a better life and living. 60 families, 600 people and thatsall! As they say here, BEAUTY AMIDST SCARCITY! Nature has washed this place with utmost hospitality and simplicity. People here are honest, simple and hardworking by nature.
Zuluk is a balm for sore hearts and tired souls. People from cities, down with fatigue of daily life, may come here to enjoy Nature to the fullest. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD. �its a placid destination painted with the artistic gleam of The Divine Creator.
Nestled midst the backdrop of the chilling Himlayas, Zuluk supposedly experiences vagaries of Nature. Winter here is severe with snowfalls and temperature below freezing point, while summer is wet and foggy. Due to poor quality of the soil, farming is difficult. Neither there is any scope for practicing cattle rearing as most of the land is fenced and military controlled, thus making it unfit for grazing. The only source of livelihood lies in the construction and maintenance of border roads. People thus have a tough life. However, there is an immense potential for tourism which needs to be used properly.
As a primitive village, Zuluk is away from the roads of progress. Thus its unique serenity! Naturally hardly there are any hotels or 5-star Inns. However for the tourists there are adequate arrangements for cottages, with attached bathrooms. To keep away the biting chill, rooms are made cosy by room heater or fire place, which locals call Bhukari.
SIGHTS OF ZULUK
THE SUNRISE POINT (GANEK) - Ganek is the Sunrise Point here. You have got be there within 4.30am to catch a view of this breath-taking experience. The gradual reddening of the dark Eastern Skies, its scintillating reflections in the Khangehenzonga range, are worth a watch.
THE NAG TEMPLE- Situated at the vantage point in Zuluk, this temple is a cave-like structure dedicated to the Nag God. The image is a believed to be naturally formed through cracks in giant sized rocks. Quintessentially, locales worship it with great reverence.
THE THAMBI VIEW POINT - At 10,500ft this is the vantage point from where you can get an unhindered view of the Three Level Zigzag roads on the adjoining hills. This geometry of curves is matchless and during snowfall it takes a panoramic appearance that defies description.
LUNGTHUNG - Lungthung or Dhupidara at about 12,500 ft. It is the habitat of rare species like:-
(a) Monal Pheasant
(b) Khaleez Pheasant
(c) Snow Pheasant
(d) Blood Pheasant and
(e) The Great Red Panda, (National Animal of Sikkim).
As good luck would have it, visitors may chance upon some of these species.
ADI BABA MANDIR - Built in the honour of SepoyBhajan Singh, the memorial has been a sacred place for years. Legend has it that, he met with a tragic accident in this area and died. His Samadhi was constructed near ChhokhyaChho but was later shifted to the Watershed Memorial near LOG BR. A Wreath lying ceremony is held at this site in the memory of all those Valliant soldiers who had became martyrs.
THE KALPOKHARI LAKE - On way to Adi Baba Mandir, the Kalpokhari Lake falls. Wild ducks swim in the transparent water of the Lake which freezes during the winter, giving the scintillating look of endless snows.....
GNATHANG VALLEY - An area of perennial snow at an altitude of 12,700ft, this area is being developed as a Ski point in Sikkim. Chinese Watch Towers on Jelep La are visible with naked eyes.
TUKLA VALLEY- There is a war memorial built to commemorate the death of British soldiers who died at the battle of Tukla.
KUPUP - Kupup at an altitude of 13,900ft is a part of the historical Silk route and traces of Lord Young husbands Track are visible. An Environmental Park is being developed here. There is also an Ice Hockey Field and. Lhasa- the seat of Dalai Lama is about 520 kms from Kupup. The best attraction of Kupup is Elephant lake& the Yak Golf Course at 13,025ft (Guiness Book of World Record Acclaimed).
Memencho Lake: Located twenty kilometers ahead of Tsomgo& sixty kilometers away from Gangtok is the much larger Menmecho Lake at an altitude of 12,500 ft. It is a stunningly beautiful lake with snow cover from early winter to late spring. It is surrounded by a rich, varied forest and some rather interesting rock formations. The lake is famous for its trout and a farm to cultivate these fish also exists nearby. Fishing is allowed at Menmecho Lake but you have to obtain a permit from Gangtok and ascertain the availability of fishing gear, at Sikkim is the source of the river Rangpochu and a very famous specie of fish named Trout is found here. A fishing farm is situated nearby for the cultivation of the marine creature. This is why fishing is one of the very famous activity for the visitors of this lake. The nearest airport to Menmecho Lake of Sikkim is Bagdogra in Siliguri from where you can take up the connecting flight or helicopter to Gangtok. The nearest railway station is Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri stations. From Siliguri, you can take a drive to Gangtok through jeep, car, bus or any other veichle. If you are intoxicated by the peaceful and pleasant nature of the lakeside then you can plan out for a small vacation there.
Jelep La Pass: Jelep La (also spelled Jelepla) (14,300 ft.) is a high mountain pass between India and Tibet in East Sikkim District of Sikkim. The famous Menmecho Lake lies below the Jelep La Pass. Jelep-la, a Tibetan name, means 'The lovely level pass, so called because it is the easiest and most level of all the passes between Tibet and Sikkim. The pass is in Sikkim and the route connects Lhasa to India. The pass is 46 metres (150Ft) in length. On the Indian side there are two routes to Jelep La, one through Gangtok and the other through Kalimpong. The Kalimpong route is an ancient one which was responsible for the boost in the local economy due to the trading of wool and furs early last century. The pass was closed after the Sino-Indian War in 1962. It passes through the towns of Pedong in northern West Bengal, Rhenok, and Kupup. The route from Gangtok passes through the towns of Sherathang, nearby Changulake and alongside Nathu La and through Kupup. The route is scenic with forests of rhododendrons blooming in spring. Numerous hamlets dot the bucolic surroundings which give a traveller a sybaritic experience. On the Tibetan side the pass leads to the Chumbi Valley of the Tibetan Plateau.
NATHULA PASS- Nathu La is in Tibetian plateau at a height of 14,200ft and has the highest motor able road in the world. Nathu La is the gateway of India and China. It is open for Indian nationals only on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
TSOMGO LAKE Popularly known as Chhangu Lake, this is a well-known tourist spot that attracts thousand of tourists from all over the world every year. Although most people prefer the Gangtok route, this isnt a bad idea to go from Zuluk. The Lake is 1km long, 50ft. deep and oval in shape. The Local people consider it a holy Lake. It is exclusively the home of Brahminic ducks apart from migratory birds.Rhododendrons, Primulas, Blue and Yellow Poppies grow in abundance and this is a pleasure to watch out for.
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