Zuluk

Why To Go

This place is relatively new and infrequent destination in the East Sikkim. With majestic views of the eastern Himalayan Mountain range, Zuluk or Dzuluk or Jhaluk is turning out to be a popular tourist destination.

Located in the slopes of the lower Himalayas, Zuluk is a quaint little town in the state of Sikkim. Cradled by the eastern Himalayas, the town is famous for being part of the famed silk route of ancient times. Located at a hill top, this hilly town is noted for its bending roads, many of which are hairpin bends and offer a picturesque view of the surrounding areas. Located at a height of around 10000 feet from the sea level   in the north-eastern part of the country, the serene town is surrounded by green wild forest and blue streams. A variety of birds can also be seen. The summers deck a colourful bloom all across the place.

While winter sees the area covered by snow, come monsoon and the terrain is decorated by a large number of colourful flowers.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit Zuluk is during the months between September and October. Just after the monsoon, the entire terrain gets decorated by a variety of colourful flowers and is a sight to behold. From December to early February, the placed is snow-clad. Carry light luggage as you will need to walk quite a bit. And remember to carry warm clothes as the temperature tends to be quite low all around the year.

Things To Do

If you are planning a trip to Zuluk, there are several places for you to visit. The hamlet in the laps of the Himalayas itself is a sight to enjoy. The terrain offers a scenic vista of the surrounding mountains and the valleys below. However, it is the zigzagging roads that are all over the place which provides the tourists with the best view. The roads are at three levels, and each one of them is lined by mountainous trees. In all, there are 32 hairpin bends in the road. The place also has several lakes and temples that you can pay a visit to. The Naga Temple is one of the popular tourist spots. While the temple is created in the shape of a cave, the presiding deity is King Cobra or Nag. Zuluk also provides a mesmerizing view of the sunrise over Mount Kanchenjunga. Lungthung, Padamchen, Kupup Lake, Nathang,Tukla Valley were once part of the silk route and are can be visited from Zuluk. While you are travelling along the picturesque terrain, do not be surprised if suddenly you catch a glimpse of a Himalayan Weasel, martin, Red Panda, or a pack of wild dogs.

Getting Around

The best way to explore Zuluk is on foot. Public transports are not available. You can however rent a car or hire a taxi from one of the local car rental facilities.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Bagdogra in Siliguri. It is at a distance of around 140 km and takes 5 hours to reach. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport.

TRAIN

The nearest important railway station is at New Jalpaiguri. The rail station at New Jalpaiguri is connected to the stations in Delhi and Kolkata, and via them to the other stations across the country. You can reach to Rangpo by taking NH10, and takes around 3 hours to reach.

ROAD

There are direct car routes between New Jalpaiguri and Zuluk. You can get up on a taxi or a jeep from any of the nearby important towns which will take you directly to the hill station here. Cars are the only mode of vehicles that can take you all the way to Zuluk. Alternately you can take a bus from Jalpaiguri to Rongli, and from Rongli take a car to get to Zuluk. Another option is to stay overnight at Aritar, and then proceed directly to Zuluk.

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Surrounding Attractions

There are quite a number of places of tourist interest within close distance of Zuluk. Thambi View Point is quite nearby. From here, you can get an excellent view of the Eastern Himalayas. Luntung is a few kilometers ahead and offers an exquisite view of the Kanchenjunga. Kalpokhri Lake is a beautiful lake that you can make a trip to. Kupup Lake is also quite nearby. It is known for its elephant-like shape. There is also the world’s highest golf course. Adi Baba Mandir is one of the famous temples of the region.
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