Rishikhola & Gnathang Valley- Major attractions of Silk Route Tour Packages

Rishikhola in West Bengal & Sikkim border is located on a river side and provides lot of activities activities like bird watching jungle trekking etc. Also due to its proximity to Siliguri, Kalimpong & Darjeeling sees lot of tourists throughout the year. It is on a moderate height  and the temperature is pleasant throughout the year. Rishikhola is also referred to as Goa of Sikkim due to the sandy river beds.

Gnathang valley with its high altitude is also being developed as a skiing destination. Gnathang valley is situated at at altitude of 13000 Fts. It snows from November to April here. Best time to visit Gnathang Valley is January to March if you want to enjoy skiing. But the temperature is very cold here. Also due to high altitude you might feel uncomfortable if you are not accustomed to it. It is very recently at few hotels also being developed in this region.

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Q&A- Sikkim Silk Route Tour Packages

​Q: How To Visit Old Sikkim Silk Route?

A: The Silk route can be approached via Gangtok and exiting via Kalimpong or start from the Kalimpong and move towards  Zuluk, Nathang Valley, Aritar, Rishi Khola, Sillery Gaon and return back via Kalimpong. You can also start from Gangtok and cover Silk route in 2 nights and proceed towards your next destination. You can also take a 4/5/6 Nights stay and enjoy the beauty of the region. Whatever your route, you will not regret visiting the Silk Route Tour Sikkim.

Q: What are permits required to visit Silk Route Tour Packages?

A: Inner line permits are either available from Gangtok or from Rongli. Permits are issued for Indian citizens only. Indian identity proof (Aadhar card is not valid]  and  carry photographs for the permits. 

​Q: What is Best Time To Visit Silk Route Tour Sikkim?

​A: The best time to visit Silk route is between March to June and October to December. During this time the weather is most pleasant whereas during winter months of January & February frequent snowfall keeps roads closed at the higher altitudes. July August and September is avoidable due to monsoons and landslides.

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Sikkim Silk Route Tour Packages

Sikkim Old Silk Route is a trade route between China and India through which trade was carried out since ancient times. The hilly route connecting Lhasa in Tibet with Indian plains via the Jelep La Pass which was previously used before Nathula Pass was built.. The route is now falls in parts eastern Sikkim and North Bengal. This route offers some mind blowing geographical landscape of eternal beauty. Sikkim Silk Route Tour Packages originates from Kalimpong in Bengal, onwards moves towards Sikkim via Sillery Gaon, Icchey Gaon, Rishikhola the enters Sikkim with stop over options at Aritar, Lingtam, Padamchen Zuluk, Nathang Valley, Jelep La Pass, etc.

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Old Baba Mandir & Legend Of Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh was a victim of battle at 14,500 feet  Nathu La Pass, during the 1965 Sino-Indian war. According to legend, Singh drowned in a glacier. His remains were found after a three-day search after his spirit helped the search party find his body. Indian soldiers believe that in the event of a war, Baba warns the soldiers of an impending attack in advance. During flag meetings both the Indian & Chinese set a chair aside to honor him. As soldiers any army official not maintaining a clean and disciplined attire is punished with a slap by Baba himself. Two shrines in his memory has been built, old one at the site of the bunker, where Baba Harbhajan was posted and the new one has been built at close proximity from Changu Lake on way to Nathula Pass from Gangtok. Do not miss the langar (Free meal) on Sundays by Indian Army.

You can explore the Sikkim Silk Route Tour in your own bike or hire one from Siliguri. The permits for bikers are issued only from Gangtok Police Station and Tourism Office. Rongli Police Station only issues permits for cars with Sikkim Number Plates.

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We operate tours to Sikkim Silk Route Tour Packages as per guests requirements depending upon time and budget. Sikkim Silk Route from NJP can be also planned along with other tours to Sikkim like North Sikkim, South Sikkim, Darjeeling, etc. Our services are end to end starting from Njp Railway station or Bagdogra Airport and includes all services like permits, transportation, homestays & meals. Sikkim Silk Route Tour Packages - Plan - Guide- Tourism- Map Operator.

​​​​​​Accommodation in homestays in Sikkim Silk Route Tour Packages

Sikkim Silk Route does not have any hotels and mostly accommodations are in homestays promoted by the states of Sikkim and West Bengal governments run by local people in the villages dotting the historical trail. Sillery Gaon, Icche Gaon, Pedong, Rishi Khola, Rangpo Khola, Aritar, Mankhim, Padamchen, Zuluk, Lingtham, Gnathang Valley are most popular places of stay.. Homestays are basically where guests share rooms with local families and experience the local cultures and cuisines. With time however these homestays have developed into modern facilities with all facilities of a modern hotel. Homestays provide all meal and stay inclusive packages. 

Activities & Places To Visit

Thambi View Point- Located just ahead north of Zuluk village, with an altitude of 11,600 ft. offers an excellent view of sunrise, marvelous view of the Kunchenjunga Range and also the zig-zag road with its 99 turns on a clear day. Make sure to visit in the early morning to avoid clouds obstruction.


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.

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 and a popular attraction of Silk Route Tour Packages.

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 ftit is the only lake with boating facility in Sikkim. Aritar Gumpa or Monastery is famous for its traditional architecture, carved and painted murals, rare manuscript and artifacts is a important attraction of Silk Route Tour Packages.

Sillery Gaon/Pedong/Icchegaon are villages in West Bengal which offer an excellent view of Mount Kunchenjunga and one of the main attractions of Silk Route Tour Packages. These are quite locations along the Route 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.

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