Zuluk in Sikkim- Complete Travel Information with Attractions


A tranquil hamlet called Zuluk or Dzuluk sits at an elevation of 3000mt in the Eastern region of Sikkim, overlooking the mighty Himalayan range. Zuluk is one of Sikkim’s lesser-known destinations, located 98 kilometers from the bustling town of Gangtok on the historic Silk Route. The Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes that connected the East and West of the Asian continent for centuries, connecting the East and West from China to the Mediterranean Sea. Zuluk, strategically located on the Silk Route, has become a base for travelers who want to explore higher destinations such as Nathang Valley, Kupup, and Tsomgo Lake.

Places You Would Love to Visit in Zuluk

Nestled in the lower Himalayas, Zuluk is the first hamlet on the Silk Route to offer homestay facilities which have made it grab the attention of tourist traveling to eastern Sikkim. The unparalleled view of the Eastern Himalayan range offered by Zuluk has ensnared the hearts of tourists traveling to Zuluk. The journey towards this scenically blessed hamlet Zuluk is filled with pictorial sights. Traveling through the mountainous valley dotted with alpine forests towards the rugged terrains on the spiraling road while being accompanied by the view of the snow-capped Himalayan range is the visual treat for the tourists offered during the ecstatic journey towards Zuluk.

The unique location with the extreme climatic condition has kept Zuluk hidden from the flock of tourists. The surreal beauty of Zuluk is enhanced by the spiraling road of 32 hairpin bends sprawled on the mountainous valley. There is a place called Ganek, which is situated at an altitude of 10600 ft and is famous for its exquisite view of sunrise at dawn. The rising of the sun is a phenomenal experience that cannot be described in words but can only be felt. And the sunset from this point is an awe-inspiring scene when snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas along with the guardian of the Sikkim, Mt. Khangchendzongha make an excellent showcase in the entire north.

Thambi view point located 14km from Zuluk through the uphill zigzag road spiraling on the mountain offers an amazing vista of densely forested area with an awe-inspiring backdrop view of the Eastern Himalayan range. Some parts of those forests are still untouched by humans. The dense forest area consists of wild animals like Deer, Himalayan Bears, Wild Dogs, Red Pandas, Tigers, and Snow leopards. The keen eyes of bird watchers visiting Zuluk may also spot Monal Pheasant, Khaleej Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Snow Pheasant, and many more.
Lungthang is another nearby destination where tourists can visit the local Nag temple. The temple has a cave-like structure and worships the deity of King Cobra or Nag, a famous Hindu mythical god. From witnessing a surreal view of snow-capped mountains to traveling on the iconic 32 bends spiraling road, Zuluk has become a popular tourist destination in east Sikkim, as well as a good alternative for tourists who cannot travel a long distance to the northern region of Sikkim.

Why You Should Visit Zuluk

Inhale the fresh mountain air away from your hustle and bustle of city life, and watch an incredible sunrise over the entire eastern Himalayas from Zuluk. Many visitors have been enchanted by the surreal view of the snow-clad mountain from Zuluk, a quaint hamlet in eastern Sikkim. Zuluk has become a safe haven for tourists looking for a mountain retreat while experiencing true Himalayan hospitality. The beauty of Zuluk cannot be expressed in words or phrases but must be felt and experienced by visiting the town.

How to Get a Permit for Zuluk

Zuluk is a protected area and as a result, you require an Inner Line Permit to visit there. The major documents required to obtain an Inner Line Permit are a Passport or Voter ID card for Adults, a Birth Certificate for children below the age of 18, 2 passport-size photographs, and photocopies of the original documents. Once you book a tour package, your travel agency will help you obtain an Inner Line Permit.

Ways to Reach Zuluk

From Gangtok, Zuluk is around 4 hours away and the driving distance between them is 90 kilometers. Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir are possible routes from Gangtok to Zuluk, however, obtaining permission for this route is not easy. The route through Pakyong and Lingtham is more common. You must first go to Rongpo, the Sikkim entry point, whether you are coming from Darjeeling, Pelling, NJP, Bagdogra, or any of the other nearby cities. You can travel to Dzuluk through Rorathang by taking a less-traveled route from here.

Best time to visit Zuluk

Every season has its own charisma to relish in Zuluk, just after the rainy season in September the valleys of Zuluk get covered with a vibrant color riot of wildflowers. In April and early May, Zuluk is covered in blooming Rhododendrons, and the winter months witness around 6 feet of snow. If you are aiming for the most memorable sunrise of your lifetime, then visit during the winters when the sky remains clear. Your visit to Zuluk can be completely arranged by Sikkim Adventure Tourism if you opt for a tour package that included all the required facilities for a memorable holiday.

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