Trade linkages between British India and Tibet through the passes of Sikkim dates back to the late 18th Century. The adventurous Younghosband Mission launched from Sikkim with a military escort during 1903-04 accomplished it's task in reaching Lhasa through the famous Old Silk Route thereby leading to 1904 Convention that firmed up Anglo-Tibet trade. The ancient Silk Route, that used to connect Lhasa in Tibet and Kalimpong via Jelep-la (La stands for mountain pass) and onwards to the rest of the world was in uses even a few decades ago till the China invaded Tibet.
Zuluk is an abode of peace. Situated at an altitude of around 10,000 ft above the sea level and perched on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim, Zuluk is a hamlet close to Indo-China border. Zuluk is located on the famous Old-Silk-Route. Zuluk is a relatively new offbeat destination of Sikkim and has a primitive charm.
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Zuluk was commonly used by traders travelling to Tibet through Jelep-la as an overnight base. There are around 700 people residing in Zuluk. These people are mainly immigrants from Nepal.
Zuluk is the name of the valley with a small hilly village and famous for the zig-zag roads which is a definitely an eye catching landscape. Zuluk offers excellent view of sunrise on Himalayas. There is a place called Ganek, which is situated at the height of 10600 ft which is famous for its exquisite view of sunrise at dawn.The rising of the sun is a phenomenon which is beyond description. During the sunset the ladscape view become more breathtaking. The snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas along with the guardian of the Sikkim, Mt. Kanchandzongha make an excellent showcase in the entire north.
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Winter is severe in Zuluk with heavy to very heavy snowfall and freezing temperature while summer is wet and foggy. During the summer, Zuluk and its surrounding hills are covered with thousands of blooming rhododendron. Zuluk during these months, is a riot of colors due to the variety of rhododendron that can be seen here.
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In the travel circuit this territory has been opened to the tourists very recently. Even now most of the route is restricted area due to its international boundary with (Tibet) China and the route is controlled by the Indian Army named as Cloud Warriors
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Zig-Zag route, Zuluk at East Sikkim
Silk Route Zaluk at East Sikkim
Silk Route at Zaluk, East Sikkim
Evening view of Silk Route at Zaluk
Zaluk zig-zag route at night mode
Foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. These can be obtained from all Indian Missions, Sikkim Tourism Offices at New Delhi, Kolkata, District Magistrates Office of Darjeeling, Siliguri, and Rangpo on the strength of an Indian Visa. The 30 days duration Permit is issued on the spot without any delay provided photocopies of the passport and visa along with two pass port photos of the applicants are made available. The permissible duration of the stay for foreign tourists is 30 days initially.
The State Government is authorized to extend the same by a further period of 30 days. The extension of the permit can be obtained from FRO at Gangtok and office of Superintendent of Police of the North, West and South Districts.
For those interested in going for trekking in the interior region of the state, the Tourism and Civil Aviation issues Protected Area Permit (PAP) at Gangtok which is available for certain specified area for groups consisting of two or more foreigners subject to condition that the trekking programme is arranged through a registered travel agency.