Zuluk is a beautiful and secluded region located in East Sikkim. Zuluk used to be the transit point to historic Silk Route from Tibet to India. The backdrop of peaks, the sunrise of Kanchenjunga, the spellbinding panorama, the serene ambiance itself is good enough to explore Zuluk. So, if you are planning a Zuluk Tour, here is the 11 must-know facts before setting off for Zuluk trip.
1. Be prepared for permits:
To reach Zuluk you will need to obtain the special permit from Rongli. Permits are also issued from Gangtok. To get the permit made you require an id proof and photos so, talk to your tour operator a day in advance and hand over the documents and photos a night before.
The surreal Zuluk tour becomes more exciting due to the fact that there are no hotels in this village. It is the very first village within this whole Silk-Route circuit to offer home-stay facilities to tourists.
Zuluk is a beautiful place that is quite unheard of, with a population of about 600 people. It’s an unusual destination, but it is easily reachable via Kalimpong, Rongli, and Gangtok.
4. 32 Hairpin Turns:
On your trip to Zuluk, experience a surreal drive down the loops with 32 hairpin turns for the most engrossing ride of your life and witness the dreamlike moments.
5. Exhilarating scenery:
Thambi viewpoint, located at an elevation of about 11,000 feet offers a perfect backdrop of a panorama of the loops with the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga as the drop scene.
6. Outset for the tour to higher altitude:
For most tourists, Zuluk is the base from where they start exploring the higher altitude tourist destinations like Gnathang Valley, Kupup, Tsongmo Lake, and Nathu La region.
7. Transit base:
An Indian Army base is established at Zuluk. It has been operated as a shipment or transit camp for the army movement to the higher altitude, towards the Indo-Chinese border, which is located few kilometers away.
Zuluk is surrounded by forests, some of the forests are completely unexploited and it is an abode to a variety of Birds like Munal Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Kaaleez Pheasant, Snow Pheasant, and others. One can have a glimpse of wild and rare animals like Bear, Wild Cat, Red Panda, Wild Pigs, and Deer.
9. The Nearby Sightseeing Hubs:
While taking Zuluk tour, you can cover some of the interesting tourist’s hubs; that is Phadamchen, Gnathang Valley, Baba Mandir, Tukla Valley, Kupup Lake, and other spots in the Silk-Route circuit in day outing.
10. What to Carry:
As Zuluk is nestled at an elevation of 10,100 feet on the rugged landscape of the eastern Himalayan region of Sikkim; the region is mostly chilly all year round. So, carry woolen clothes, thermals, jackets, sweaters, mufflers, pairs of socks, a pair of gloves to keep you warm enough to remain normal and healthy. If you travel the region during rainy season carry a pair of rain boots and a pair of snow boots during winters.
11. The favorable time to visit Zuluk:
The best time to visit Zuluk is during August and September when the whole landscape is camouflaged in charming hues of wildflowers. The whole region is replete with various wildflowers during those times. Winter, which starts from January to April, Zuluk is concealed with a pristine white snow. The monsoon season which basically begins from May is usually foggy and this is when the region is painted in green hues with the delicate sprouting of vegetation. The rest of the year has a pleasant weather.
Zuluk is accessible from Gangtok. The distance between Zuluk and Gangtok is 101.7 km via Rangpo Road. It takes about 3 hours 49 minutes to reach there by road. It can be reached from Kalimpong via Rongli as well, through roadways. You should hire car and a reliable driver to reach there.