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Accommodation in homestays in Sikkim Silk Route Tour Packages
In Sikkim Old Silk Route, in an attempt to promote tourism in these region both the states of Sikkim and West Bengal government as well as local people started promoting nearby villages to be used as place of stay for tourist willing to visit this historical trail. Places like Sillery Gaon, Icche Gaon, Pedong, Rishi Khola, Rangpo Khola, Aritar, Mankhim, Padamchen, Zuluk, Lingtham, Gnathang Valley multiple other villages in the proximity has turned into places of over night stay for the Tourist. These mostly are called a home stays as the concept is basically guests share rooms within a same building with local families and experience the local cultures and cuisines. But today with huge amount of tourist footfalls these homestays have now developed into nothing less than small hotels yet with the local flavors intact. Accommodation in silk route tour are family Run homestays provide all meal inclusive packages. So it means you will be staying with a local family taking care of all your requirements. Since the home stays are promoted by local government there is a certain standard of service they need to deliver. Also if you are a female travelling alone or in a group you are in the safest hands. Even though you will not have prompt or diceplined service like a hotel but the mountain view and warmth of your host will make your stay worth while.
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 Sunday 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.
Activities & Places To Visit In Silk Route Tour Sikkim
In Sikkim Silk Route Tour Package 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. 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.
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 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.
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 tour 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.
Rishikhola & Gnathang Valley
Rishikhola in West Bengal & Sikkim Border needs a special mention in the context of Silk Route Tour. Rishikhola being 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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How To Visit Old Sikkim Silk Route Tour
Old Silk Route Tour can be either approached from the Gangtok side and exiting via kalimpong or prefer to start from the Kalimpong side stay at higher altitudes like Zuluk, Nathang Valley, Aritar, Rishi Khola, 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.
Permits & Who Are Allowed
As of now you need to procure inner line permits to go further from Gangtok towards north and onwards from Rongli. Inner line permits are issued only by Gangtok Police or from the Rongli Police checkpost and the 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.
Best Time To Visit Silk Route Tour Sikkim
The best time for silk route tour is between March to June and October to December. This is the time the weather is most pleasant and the vegetation in lower areas are most visually enjoyable. During winters snowfall is rampant and roads are closed most of the time. Also the temperature goes down to sub zero level making it hard for the tourists. July August September is of course the month of monsoons and best avoided due to the landslides.
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Sikkim Old Silk Route Tour- Silk route is referred to a trade route between China and other South Asian and other European nations. One of them is known as the Sikkim Old Silk Route. This route is a hilly Road connect Lhasa in Tibet via the Jelep La Pass to India. This route now are the parts eastern Sikkim and West Bengal. This route is a mix of ancient history and a rare geographical and natural landscape of eternal beauty. Today what we refer to Silk route is the trail starting from Kalimpong onwards moves ahead via Alagarh, Pedong cross into Sikkim side, then onwards towards the Zuluk, Nathang Valley, Jelep La Pass and ends at Nathula Pass.
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