Thursday, 30 May 2013

What a ride this would be! An untouched tourist destination at an altitude of 10,000 feet..




About Zuluk Tourism

Located in the lower Himalayas in east Sikkim, Zuluk is situated at an altitude of 10,000 feet. This location is an untouched tourism destination, which has been less explored. It has gained importance owing to its strategic location on the historic Old Silk Route and its proximity to the Indo-China border.

The Old Silk Route was the official corridor between India and China. It originates from Kalimpong and passes through Pedong, Aritar, Zuluk and Jelepla to Chumbi valley located in Tibet. However, after the Chinese aggression, this route was closed and Nathula was made the official corridor between India and China.

In addition, an army base is located at Zuluk, which is utilised as a transit camp for the army movement towards the Chinese border. Majority of the inhabitants comprise of immigrants of Nepal, who settled at Zuluk for a better future. Since Zuluk is inhabited mostly by Nepali migrants, the village is dominated by Sikkimese Nepalese culture.

Dashain, celebrated in the month of October, is the biggest festival and is also the most prominent festival of the region. Furthermore, Tihar is another famous festival, which is celebrated 15 days after Dashain. In addition to these festivals, dances are also performed to celebrate the cultivating and harvesting seasons in the region. The 'Dhan Naach' and 'Maruni' are two popular dance forms of this region.

Besides festivals and dances, Zuluk is also famous for Sunrise Point, which provides a beautiful view of the rising sun. Another prominent attraction of the destination is the Tsomogo Lake, which is a popular picnic spot. In addition, travellers visiting the destination can offer homage at the Nag Temple and the Adi Baba Mandir. Apart from this, the Lungthung and the Luxmi Chowk are popular among wildlife and nature lovers.

Zuluk can be reached through airways, roadways and railways. The nearest airport serving the destination is Bagdogra Airport, which is located at a distance of 128 km from Zuluk. From there, tourists can reach the village by road. Those travelling by trains are served by the New Jalpaiguri Station, which is the nearest train station serving Zuluk. In addition to this, Zuluk can be reached via road through Gangtok and Siliguri.

The best time to visit Zuluk is during the summer season, when the village is blooming with a variety of rhododendrons.