In Sikkim Silk Route Tour Packages lot of places are there to visit which are unique to this place.
Thambi View Point located north of Zuluk, is situated at an altitude of 11,600 ft. offers an excellent sunrise view. From Thambi View Point you can have marvelous view of the Kunchenjunga Range and also the zig-zag road with its 99 turns. This is one attraction which no one should miss while visiting Sikkim Silk Route. Make sure to visit in the early morning to avoid clouds obstruction. (As per locals they have sighted Yeti or Banjhakri(in Nepali), remember the abominable snowman from Tintin In Tibet. You can here hear stories from locals here).
Lungthung very close to Thambi Valley is at an altitude of 11,500 ft. offers an exiting view of the Kunchenjunga, Sunrise, Sunset as well as the serpentine Zig Zag Road. The complete area of Lungthung falls under Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary with home to different types of rhododendrons, ferns, birds and animals. The area has high army presence due to proximity of the China border.
Menmecho & Elephant Lake If you travel further north from Gnathang Valley you come to Kupup. Here on both sides of the road are two Lakes. On The right is the Elephant/Kupup lake which can be viewed from the Elephant Lake View Point on the main road and if you want you can take next right turn and go the edge of the lake. Menmecho Lake is however is on the left side of the main road and you have to trek for considerable distance to reach the lake. Elephant lake is one of the main attraction of east Sikkim.
Jelep La(Pass) Do not get confused Its is same route and probably there was a previous road near Tukla which crossed over to China before the Nathula Pass was build.
Kupuk Yak Army Golf Course & Environmental Park boasts of Guinness Book listing for the highest golf course in the world.
Tukla Valley is the place where the so called Old Baba Mandir is located. It 12500 ft. Tukla valley contains a war memorial, which was constructed to commemorate the death of British soldiers in their military expedition to expel Tibetan forces from Sikkim in 1888.
Lampokhari/Aritar Lake is one of the natural lake in Sikkim and recently artificially constructed for the tourism. Altitude of 4600 ft it is the only lake with boating facility in Sikkim Silk Route. Aritar Gumpa or Monastery is famous for its traditional architecture, carved and painted murals, rare manuscript and artifacts.
Sillery Gaon/Pedong/Icchegaon are villages in West Bengal which offer an excellent view of Mount Kunchenjunga. These are quite locations along the Silk Route Sikkim which is being promoted as part of village tourism. These places does not have much activity but one can visit Damsang Fort Ruins, Sangchen Dorjee Monastery and the Cross Hill. The Cross Hill commands a glorious view of the facing mountains and you can get a glimpse of Tibet and the People's Republic of Chinese border and also a perfect sunset point.
Silk Route Tour Sikkim Packages Plan Premium And Stays
Silk Route Tour Package, Sikkim is referred to a trade route between China and India. This route connect Lhasa in Tibet via the Jelep La Pass to India and now are the parts eastern Sikkim & Kalimpong and is a scenic wonderland of geographical and natural landscape of eternal beauty.
Silk Route Tour Packages can be either approached from the Gangtok side and exiting via Kalimpong or if you prefer to start from the Kalimpong side stay at higher altitudes like Zuluk, Nathang Valley, Padamchen, Aritar, Sillery Gaon and return back through Kalimpong route. You can start from Gangtok and cover the entire route staying 2 nights in any of the above places and proceed towards your next destination. Or you can take a longer duration of 4/5/6 Nights stay and enjoy the unique charm of this historic route. Whichever you choose you will not repent your holidays here. We organize all inclusive tour packages from New Jalpaiguri Station or Bagdogra Airport with premium cars like Innova or Scorpio Car or Small Cars for small family Groups.
Inner line permits are compulsory and issued only by Gangtok Police or from the Rongli Police check post and entry is strictly available for Indian citizens only. One needs to have Indian identity proof and carry photographs for the permits. People of non Indian origin are not allowed in these regions it is considered sensitive for its proximity to China Border. Non Indians can however travel up to Gangtok and Aritar without any permits. Only Sikkim registered vehicles are issued inner line permits in East Sikkim.
In Sikkim Silk Route Tour Package, most accommodations are home stays which provide basic amenities. Our accommodations are relatively in premium category yet offer the same charm and warmth of home stays. Our home stays are located at Sillery Gaon, Rishikhola, Aritar, Padamchen, Zuluk and Gnathang Valley. Accommodations come with all meal inclusive packages. Even though you will not have prompt or disciplined service like a hotel but the mountain view and warmth of your host will make your stay worth while in East Sikkim.
What is the best time to visit Silk Route?
Best Time To Visit Silk Route Sikkim
The months of March, April, May, and June are the peak season with huge tourist inflow. However the months of October to February is also preferred due to availability of Snow. July to September is avoidable due to monsoon rainfall and landslides.
How do I get a silk route from NJP?
The route can be approached via Kalimpong or Gangtok which is well connected with NJP and can be reached by shared or reserved taxi. After that you need to take a reserved car(ILP is issued based on Vehicle} for the number of days you want to visit the route.
Where should I stay on the Silk Route?
There are multiple villages along the route to stay. These have numerous homestays offering Stay and Meals options. Most popular of these villages are Sillery gaon, Rishikhola, Aritar, Padamchen, Zuluk, Gnathang Valley. Some other villages like Icchegaon, Ramdhura, Lingtham, Mankhim, etc.
How much time does it take to visit Silk Route?
Silk Route can be best covered in minimum in 3 Nights 4 Days Tour. However if you want a more relaxed tour you can opt for 4 Nights 5 days or more.
How to get permits for Silk route tour?
It's very simple to collect the permit for Silk route. Just carry your voter ID card and two passport size photos. With these documents and you can collect the permit from Sikkim Tourism at Gangtok or Rongli Check post.