The historical Glorious Silk Route which once connected from India with Tibet. Till the first half of 20th century before the Chinese invaded Tibet, this Glorious Silk Route was used heavily to trade silk, fur and wool between Tibet and…
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The historical Glorious Silk Route which once connected from India with Tibet. Till the first half of 20th century before the Chinese invaded Tibet, this Glorious Silk Route was used heavily to trade silk, fur and wool between Tibet and India, and hence such name of the route. On the Indian side, the Glorious Silk route starts and goes through places like Rhenock, Rongli, Zuluk and northward to Nathang valley and Kupup. Finally Jelepla Pass was used to reach Tibet. But since 1962, Jelepla Pass has been closed and now the official border in between India and China in this area is Nathula Pass.
Nestling in the Himalayan mountains, the state of Sikkim is characterized by mountainous terrain. Almost the entire state is hilly, with an elevation ranging from 280 meters (920 ft) to 8,586 meters (28,169 ft). The summit of Kangchenjunga—the world’s third-highest peak—is the state’s highest point, situated on the border between Sikkim and Nepal.For the most part, the land is unfit for agriculture because of the rocky, precipitous slopes. However, some hill slopes have been converted into terrace farms. Silk Route Tour organized by Himalayan Destination can make your vacation memorable one, as we are specialist in this sector and we operate hotels The Sunrise Residency at Gangtok also. Himalayan Destination is one of the best Silk Route tour and travel operator. Himalayan Destination is one of the best tour and travel operator, who organize Silk Route Tour.
Iccheygaon is a pristine Himalayan hamlet tucked within the pine forests of Kalimpong with a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Nestled at an altitude of 5800 feet, it is the perfect place for those nursing the soul of a nature lover. With numerous nature trails and short treks starting off from Iccheygaon to viewpoints like Ramitey Dara, Tinchuley and Jalsa, it is one of the best-kept secrets of this region. The evenings at Iccheygaon become very exciting when lights of Darjeeling, Ravangla and Namchi twinkle all along the slopes of the mighty Himalayas.
Mangkhim is the hilltop adjacent to the popular destination of Aritar, in the village of Dalapchand under the Rongli Sub-Division of Eastern Sikkim. Mangkhim offers a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the emerald green “boot-shaped” Lampokhri Lake at the same time – this incredible view is not available from Aritar. In Mangkhim, there is a small temple on the hilltop, a few homestays and a monastery, just a walk away. If you want to spend some days in complete isolation from the city’s din with fabulous views of Mt. Kanchanjungha, then Mangkhim is a great choice. Bird watching, paddle boating and nature walking are other great activities here.
The village of Mangkhim located at almost 6,000 feet is perched on a hilltop with panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Mangkhim is basically hill top of Aritar Village. From Mangkhim you can see the Birds eye view of Aritar Lake & Village. If you would like to relax and see Kanchanjunga from your room for a few days, this is the place for you. You can see the snow white Kanchenjunga through the windows of a your room. You can also go to the roof top for a more panoramic view of all the peaks surrounding you 360°.
“Mulkharkha Pokhri” or “Wish Fulfillment Lake” or “Wishing Lake” is a natural water reservoir at an altitude of 7300ft, close to the village of Mulkharkha. A place bit higher than Darjeeling and sources there confirmed – Mulkharkha gets heavy snowfall during the winter. The lake situated on top of a mountain, surrounded by pine trees, bears serenity within. One can spend hours just sitting beside the lake. But the main attraction of that place is the reflection of Mount Kanchenjunga in that holy lake. Being the main water source of that area, the lake is sacred to the local Lepcha people. Naturally, there are several legends about the lake. Like, you will never find a leaf over lake water, because there is a bird and it cleans the lake by picking up fallen leaves.
The lake “Mulkharkha Pokhri” or “Wish Fulfillment Lake” or “Wishing Lake” considered sacred by the locals and is called a wishing Lake. It is believed that anyone who makes a wish in that lake will definitely find the wish coming true. The power of the lake is believed to be very strong and powerful.
The ideal time to visit Mulkarkha Lake is from the month of October to December. To witness a cultural event, April is another good time to visit. The villagers celebrate Ram Navami worshiping the lake with celebration furor. This time of the year, the lake is believed to come to life and its sanctity is worshiped by the locals and the villagers.
Someone can trek to Mulkharkha, the trek route to Mulkarkha Lake is one of the most exciting and untouched trails of the Himalayan foothills. You would come across 200 feet waterfalls, dense forests, enchanting views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, ageless Buddhist monasteries, remote villages, hundreds of species of birds, butterflies and flowers.
Best time to visit Mulkharkha
If you are in Mulkharkha between January and March, then you can found foggy with chilling weather.
Mulkharkha is surrounded with wild flowers from April to May you can enjoy the weather and explore the whole village and lake areas.
Generally June to mid of mid of October is called rainy season.
Reflection of Mt. Kanchenjungha clearly visible in the lake from mid of October to November with clear and shiny weather.
From December winter comes and foggy weather has been started.
Rolep is situated at the bottom of Tshangu Lake and Memeantshu Lake or Menmecho Lake along with the Rangpo khola belt which is famous for Trought fishing and pure cool water. This village is surrounded by very thick forest where verities of orchids, more then 150 rare medicinal herbs,60 to 70 species of mammals, birds, butterflies and reptiles.
Yakten is situated in East Sikkim is overlooked by Himalayan Ranges, Yakten is a beautiful Hamlet. Anyone can enjoy the unforgettable jungle trail and enjoy birds & butterfly watching (many rare species of Himalayan birds) Yakten is a paradise for birds and butterfly watchers , also rare species Himalayan orchid and flowers can be experienced from Yakten village gardens.
Please note that you need Special Permits from Indian Army to enter Nimachen & above areas, which can be obtained from Rongli or Gangtok. Permit of NathuLa is not issued from Rongli Check Post. NO FOREIGN CITIZENS ARE ALLOWED PERMISSION TO FOR THIS AREAS.
Padamchen is a small village on the Silk Route circuit just 14 kms from Rongli and 4 kms from Zuluk, perched on a hill slope at 8000 ft and covered in dense forests. Padamchen experiences a very pleasant weather throughout the year and this is one of the main reasons for its popularity. If you are not used to biting cold and snowfall but want to experience the mesmerizing sunrise, excellent views and winding roads and valleys of this Silk Route circuit, then staying at Padamchen could be a choice. Padamchen has some of the best views of the valleys and forests of this part of Sikkim and Himalayan foothills. The forests around Padamchen support a wide variety of bird population and bird watchers would love to spend a few days here. There is a heritage Forest Resthouse at Padamchen too. You can visit this forest resthouse to see the wooden floors, fireplace, verandah and wooden furniture from the forgotten days of the lonely Forest Officers and Sahibs who used to travel this way.
Zuluk is a small village beside a winding road. It was once a transit point to the historic Silk Route from Tibet to India. There is a local Nag Temple here. The temple has a cave like structure and the deity of King Cobra or Nag, famous Hindu mythical god is worshiped in the temple. The road through Zuluk makes almost 32 hairpin turns to reach Lungthung, which makes it a unique engineering. There is also an Indian Army base at Zuluk, which has been used as a transit camp for the army movement to the Chinese border, a few kilometers away.
Thambi View Point is close to Zuluk and it is best view point of 32 turn Zag ZigRoad. The 32 turn zigzag road is the only one in its nature in the entire Himalayan range.. The Thambi view point at an altitude of 11,200 ft also provides excellent view of sunrise of Mt Kanchenjangha.
Gyamochen and Lungthung, The sunrise view of Gyamochen and Lungthung are presently five kms from Gnathang valley. The total of Mt. Kanchenjungha variety with the entire its associated peaks are able to be seen from there. The sun rises above Bhutan, it clears the entire of Bhutan and parts of China with its before time rays plus reaches Mt. Kanchenjungha to revolve it cherry and you set in the center to spectator the delightful known “creation.” This wonderful understanding preserve is witnessed from those dawn places.
Eagle’s Nest Bunker, if you would like to see the best view of the entire Eastern Himalayas, with China, Bhutan the mountains of Bengal as well as Darjeeling, the whole Mt. Kanchenjungha variety along with River Bramhaputra roundabout from corner to corner China also toward the inside India, after that you have to walk mounting for ten minutes to arrive at the Eagle’s Nest Bunker. This is an forsaken Bunker of the army and to be found advantageously on a hill peak with a three-sixty degree whole view of the Himalayas. You be able to yet observe bullet symbols in the bunker walls that stand the proof of the Indo-China war. Within five kms of Gnathang Valley, those sunrise points are able to be arrived at within twenty mins from Gnathang. On the other hand, from extra spots in this Old Silk Route similar to Padmachen or Zuluk, it takes only approximately 1.5 hours to get to the sunrise points.
Gnathang Valley, also known as Nathang Valley is popularly called the “ Ladakh of the East India, is a high-altitude plateau in East Sikkim. Located at an altitude of 13,500 feet above sea level and flanked by mountains on all sides, this is a remote valley with a meandering stream crisscrossing it. Gnathang is the highest location to stay in the Indian part of the Old Silk Route. It is one of the remotest Tibetan habitations in Himalayas. Gnathang Valley usually remains covered with thick snow from January to April. The long four-month of sub-zero temperature makes the valley a cold desert and one of the most beautiful parts of Himalayas. Gnathang Valley is the most scenic destination in the whole of Old Silk Route. There is a local Hindu temple, a small Buddhist monastery, few houses, some migratory birds, a stream snaking through the valley and a small bridge over the stream in the distance – Gnathang is as close as you can get to paradise. The sunrise points of Lungthung and Gyamochen are just 5 kms from Gnathang valley. The whole of Mt. Kanchenjungha range with all its allied peaks can be seen from here. If you want to see the longest view of the entire Eastern Himalayas, with Bhutan, China, the hills of Bengal including Darjeeling, the entire Mt. Kanchenjungha range and meandering River Bramhaputra across China and entering India, then you have to trek uphill for 10 minutes to reach the Eagle’s Nest Bunker. This is an abandoned Bunker of the army and located strategically on a hill top with a 360 degree complete view of the Himalayas. You can still see bullet marks in the bunker walls, which bears the testimony of the Indo-China war.
Tukla Valley, is one of the most scenic beauty place in this route. Where Mt. Kanchenjunga is more closer than other place. Snow clapped mountain with flat valley makes Tukla Valley more attractive for tourist. It is located 4 km away from Gnathang Valley.
Old Baba Mandir (which was the original bunker of Baba Harbhajan Singh) near Kupup Lake. There is an interesting belief about this temple. Baba Harbhajan was an Indian soldier who died near the Nathula Pass. He is revered by the soldiers of the Indian army, who have built a shrine in his honor. Baba is believed to have granted favors to the soldiers, and guard each one in the inhospitable terrain. There is a new Baba Mandir near Changu (Tsomgo Lake) dedicated to Baba Harbhajan too. You can also trek to Changala View Point around 4 kms from Gnathang to experience one of the most mesmerizing views of River Bramhaputra meeting River Teesta and the vast plains of China, Bengal and Bhutan. Bird and Butterfly watching in summer, when the valley is drenched in colours of all shades is another activity to take up. In October and November Gnathang Valley exudes different colours during the day. You can witness this change of colour over the valley sitting in your homestay throughout the day. If you are a food fanatic then you can try local Yak Milk Cheese (Churpi) and some other interesting traditional Tibetan Yak herder’s dishes.
Kupup lake at an altitude of 14,000ft is another famous tourist place in East Sikkim. It is also called Elephant Lake as its shape is just like an elephant. The Ice Hockey Ground, The Yak Golf Course, the Elephant lake are main attraction in Kupup. Yak Golf Course is the highest golf course in the world and Kupup lake hosts the water Polo Game and it is also the highest water polo lake in the world. From Kupkup tourists can go for Jeelep La pass.
Nathula, one of the highest motor-able roads in the world, is a mountain pass in the Himalayan peaks that connects India with China. Situated on the Indo-Tibetan border 14450 ft. above sea level, Nathu La is one of the most important Himalayan passes in the country. Nathu means ‘listening ears’, and La means ‘pass’. Nathula is one of the three open trading border posts between India and China and is famous for its picturesque beauty and beautiful environment. The temperature here remains low for most parts of the year, and it becomes a hot-spot for tourists during summer.
New Baba Mandir is new constructed shrine of sepahi Baba Harbhajan Singh, who died as he fell from horse back on to a gorge while on duty, is popularly known as Baba Mandir. This mandir, located 50km away from Gangtok, at an elevation of 4000 meters, is worshiped by local people as well as army officials. This Mandir hosts all the memories of Baba Harbhajan Singh. There is an interesting belief about this temple. Baba Harbhajan was an Indian soldier who died near the Nathula Pass. He is revered by the soldiers of the Indian army, who have built a shrine in his honor. Baba is believed to have granted favors to the soldiers, and guard each one in the inhospitable terrain. There is a Old Baba Mandir near Changu (Tsomogo Lake) dedicated to Baba Harbhajan too.
Inside the Baba Mandir, you will come across a large photo of Harbhajan Singh which is worshiped by his devotees. Tourists who come here leave their water bottle for a few days and collect it later for it is believed that by drinking that water all the wishes come true. Harbhajan Singh’s office has been built on one side of the temple with a dining place, and a room for him to stay at with his uniform and shoes. Though the temple is present on the side of a road, it is surrounded by magnificent mountains thereby giving an amazing view to the tourists. Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple is a must-visit due to the tales associated with the place.
Tsomogo Lake is also known as Tsongmo Lake or Chango Lake. It is one of the most famous lake in this route. Altitude of this lake is 12,313ft and situated 40km away from Gangtok. The lake is surrounded by steep mountains which are covered with snow during winter. During summer the snow cover melts and forms the source for the lake. The lake surface reflects different colors with change of seasons and is held in great reverence by the local Sikkimese people. The lake which remains frozen in winter season, sometimes extending up to May, receives an average annual precipitation of 1,183 mm (46.6 in) with temperatures recorded in the range of 0–25 °C.
Tsomogo Lake is a glacial lake that derives its water from the melting snows of the mountains around it. This glacial lake is famous for its color changing waters. Monsoons see a bright aquamarine lake whereas, in the winters, it freezes into a translucent cover of ice. As the summer approaches in mid-May, the periphery of this lake is dotted with a thousand blossoming flowers that lend the waters a riot of vibrant colors.
In the Bhutia language, ‘Tso’ means lake and ‘Mgo’ mean head and essentially means ‘source of the water’, holding immense religious and cultural significance to the Bhutia people. Considered as a sacred lake by the Sikkimese, Changu Lake is associated with many myths and legends. They say the Buddhist monks used to analyze the color of the lake to forecast the future.
Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous Northern Indian state of Sikkim. Established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840’s, the city became capital of an independent monarchy after British rule ended, but joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist center and a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges. Sikkim Tour or Gangtok Tour organized by Himalayan Destination can make your vacation memorable one, as we are specialist in this sector and we operate hotels The Sunrise Residency at Gangtok. Himalayan Destination is one of the best Gangtok tour and travel operator. Himalayan Destination is one of the best tour and travel operator, who organize Gangtok Tour.
MG Road / MG Marg is the heart of Gangtok and its most happening place. It is the central shopping hub of this beautiful state capital with various Shops, Restaurants and Hotels lined up along both sides. MG Road is an open Mall or Boulevard Square which is widely regarded to be the town center and is the best shopping destination for tourists. This is a great place to take a leisurely stroll or just sit on the benches and revel in the eclectic ambiance.
The first thing one notices when on this approximately 1 km stretch of road is the cleanliness. There are boards everywhere which say “Welcome to M.G. Marg, Spit, and Litter Free Zone“. The entire area is free of smoke, litter, and vehicular traffic. It’s a pedestrian-only zone, and vehicles are not allowed. The buildings on both sides of MG Road in Gangtok are painted green in line with the government’s green initiative. This place is also famous for the Gangtok Food and Culture Festival which is an extravaganza held in December every year and thronged by connoisseurs from all over.
The Statue of Unity overlooks MG Road which comprises of the figures of Bhutia Chieftain Khye Bumsa, the Lepcha leader Thetong Tek and his wife Ngo Kong ngol. This statue promotes peace, love, and harmony. About midway is an imposing statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Other eye-catching additions are the Victorian lamps and various benches along the path. Gangtok’s MG Road looks stunning after dark when the lights are lit making it a much-thronged place in this quaint hill town.
Ganesh Tok is a small temple and a loved viewpoint in Gangtok. Situated on top of a hill, the quaint place has mind-stirring views – the Kanchenjunga hill can be seen in its true form of glory from here and is at its best especially in the morning. The Ganesh Tok viewpoint, situated at a distance of 6500, offers stunning views of the mountains dusted with snow. The temple (dedicated to Lord Ganesha) is, however, so small that it can only fit one person at a time. The sublime place takes you a step closer to nature with its surreal surroundings and comforting ambiance.
The Ganesh Tok Temple itself is quite small. Colorful flags are tied across the stairs making it stand out. There is a place where shoes can be kept safe, and hands can be washed before entering the temple. There is also a lounge and a balcony in front of the temple which is the main attraction of the place. The serene Ganesh Tok is surrounded by hills, landscape, and beautiful mountains. It is so overcrowded that the devotees have to go down on all fours to worship Lord Ganesha. Ganesh Tok should definitely be visited at least once to experience its beauty and break away from the monotonous routine. It is a perfect place for all nature lovers and photographers.
Hanuman Tok, dedicated to Lord Hanuman is situated near Ganesh Tok at an altitude of 7200 feet at a distance of 11 km from Gangtok and offers an amazing view of the Kanchenjunga range. The temple has a religious significance attached to it and offers a peaceful surrounding. It is known for fulfilling the wishes of its devotees. Hanuman Tok should definitely be visited at least once to experience its beauty and break away from the monotonous routine. It is a perfect place for all nature lovers and photographers.
Hanuman Tok is a very famous temple of Gangtok which is named after Lord Hanuman and is maintained by the Indian Army. This temple is juxtaposed against the Kanchenjunga peak which is the third highest peak in the world. The eclectic beauty of Hanuman Tok makes you enjoy it thoroughly keeping you close to nature. The sight of the enormous hills around the capital city of Gangtok is captivating, and after you reach the top, the snow-dusted peaks of Kanchenjunga and the spectacular range of the Himalayas leave you awed. You can visit Hanuman Tok before 5:00 AM to view the sunrise, the beauty of which is beyond description. The glorious sight of the place is sure to leave you speechless. The serenity of Hanuman Tok makes it a perfect spot for you to relax, meditate and get all charged up.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is an abode of centuries-old Tibetan-Buddhist culture and its history. NIT preserves the glorious past of the country, the religion and its precious culture with utmost dedication and that shows in the excellent collection in the museum and the library which are the main attractions here. As important as its role is for the pursuers of Asian culture and Buddhist studies, with its quiet and serene charm, it is a paradise for the tourists as well, especially for the occasional history-enthusiast. Photography is not allowed inside, but you can take some time off technology and take in all you want with the lens of your eyes.
In spite of being primarily a place for study and research of Tibetan and Buddhist culture, The Namgyal Institute has emerged as a major tourist attraction in Gangtok. It promotes and supports the study, research, and preservation of Tibetan history, art, literature, architecture, religion, philosophy and anything and everything else that comes with that. With a foundation stone laid by the great Dalai Lama himself, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is among the pioneer of preservation and promotion of Tibetan art and literature.
Built in the Tibetan architectural style amidst the lap of lush green nature, the façade rises majestically with its tall golden towers, attractive and significant murals and colorful fresco. The exquisite and greatly maintained pieces in the museum and the library – the statues, the manuscripts, the art pieces, the rare literary works and encyclopedia, the relics and remains – all speak of a culturally rich past and thanks to NIT, an academically prosperous future.
The Himalayan Zoological Park is located in Bulbuley, 5 km away from Gangtok and is the place for all the wildlife lovers. With an altitude of 1780 meters, one gets an amazing view of the Mount Kanchenjunga from here. Established in 1991, Himalayan Zoological Park is the first one of its kind situated in the North-Eastern part of India. The park fulfils all the requirements of a Zoo where the creatures are kept under regular conditions and safeguarded as well as tamed without irritating them and ensuring that they live in their normal habitat. Spread over 205 hectares of land in the mountainous terrain, the park is home to a variety of fauna including the snow leopard cat, goral, Himalayan Palm Civet, Himalayan Red Panda, Himalayan Monal Pheasant, Crimson-Horned Pheasant, and Himalayan Black Bear etc.
The Forests, Environment & Wildlife Management Department, Government of Sikkim maintains this first ever zoological park of Sikkim. A 2.5 km road runs through the park where you can either drive or walk. In case you decide to walk, be prepared since it will take a long amount of time to reach the habitats. So, it is advisable for you to hire a car for about half a day and explore the zoo. Some facilities present at the zoo include café, souvenir shop, drinking water points, washrooms and a watchtower for you to get an amazing view of the entire area. Do visit the Himalayan Zoological Park in Gangtok to be a part of the natural habitat of a variety of species and enjoy the wonderful natural beauty surrounding the place.
Flower Exhibition Center, which is situated in Gangtok, showcases flowers from the different parts of Sikkim together under a single roof which makes it a heaven for all the nature lovers. Located right across the White Memorial Hall and below the Ridge Park, it lies at a walking distance from the MG Marg. Though the flowers are displayed here all through the year, the annual flower show which is held from April to May should not be missed out on as during this time, the management gathers here and presents numerous varieties of orchids along with other flowers from around the state. Participants from the neighboring states are invited to be a part of the annual flower contest held in the premises by the Government of Sikkim.
A medium-sized tropical greenhouse, the center is filled with unusual species of plants including numerous species of fresh orchids namely Anthurium and Lilium. The presence of such different varieties of colorful flowers along with its enchanting fragrance fills up the entire center making it a very refreshing place for the visitors. This lovely place is fantastic to spend time at just looking at the flowers and clicking pictures. In addition to all this, there is an artificial water pond along with a bridge constructed over it where the tourists can take a little stroll while enjoying the pleasant ambiance around. One is likely to get amazing photographs among the colorful and bright bushes and flowers. This place is worth a visit if you are planning a trip to Gangtok for looking at the ever-smiling flowers is going to freshen you up entirely and brighten your day.
Do Drul Chorten is one of the most important stupas in Sikkim, nestled in the stunning valleys of Gangtok. Built in 1945 under the supervision of late Truslshi and Rimpoche, the Stupa has around 108 Mani Lhakor or prayer wheels. These wheels are engraved with important mantras which can be chanted by rotating them. The quaint serenity and calmness of Do Drul Chorten has attracted tourists and devotees since years.
The Korten Stupa was once believed to be haunted by evil spirits until the very respected Lama Trulshig Rinpoche came to this place and built a stupa in 1946. The deity engraved on top of this stupa is Vajra Kilaya who is considered to be one of the most prominent chortens in Sikkim. Inside the monastery is the complete set of Dorjee Phurba, holy Buddhist texts and other religious paraphernalia. Do Drul Chorten has a dharma preaching centre on its premises which was established by Dodhrubchen Rinpoche. The stupa is surrounded by Chorten Lakhang housing two huge statues of Guru Padmasambhava. This is a quaint little place for people seeking solace in the hill town.
Saramsa Garden, at a distance of 14 km from Gangtok, also known as Ipecac Garden, is indeed a treat for your senses. The exquisite range of different colored flowers with the surrounding lush greenery is going to hold your attention. There is a large greenhouse in the garden as well which preserves a range of orchids. The mesmerizing garden is also well-developed where you can involve yourself in recreational activities such as volleyball and football. Apart from these facilities, it also has a convention center next to the nursery where all the functions and meetings are conducted.
Set up in the year 1922 by the Forest Department of the government of Sikkim, the main agenda for building this garden was to look after the needs of the British officers in addition to the Namgyal royal family. The garden got its name ‘Ipecac’ after the Forest Department introduced a medicinal plant known as ‘Cephaelis Ipecacuanha’ in 1940. Before that, a variety of fruit trees including orange, pineapple, guava, and banana were grown in the garden. A range of orchids too was grown in the region after which the garden developed into a picnic spot.
The Saramsa Garden is divided into several blocks for the ease of navigation. There is a small footbridge that is constructed over a small-sized pool with different-shaped plants in the block. Another block has a bench built under the shade of the trees for the visitors to relax. Since this place brings you one step closer to nature, it is all the more enjoyable. So, if you are planning a trip to Gangtok, do not forget to visit this wonderful creation of nature with a little help from mankind.
Tashi Viewpoint situated 8 km away from central Gangtok, it is a scenic beauty from where travelers can get a view of the magnificent Mount Sinilochu and Mount Kanchenjunga. It was built by Tashi Namgyal who was the king of Sikkim between 1914 and 1963, and that is how the place got its name. Developed by the tourism department of Sikkim and nestled in a perfect location, one can get a beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains from Tashi Viewpoint. This spot also serves as a fabulous picnic place for local, as well as foreign tourists, due to the presence of a cafeteria and sheds bordering the site of the viewpoint.
The splendid Tashi Viewpoint does not have a match due to its unpolluted environment which has been developed in a manner that helps the tourists understand the trance of the Himalayas. The picturesque ambiance, in addition to its serenity, plays a major role in helping the travelers enjoy a view of the Phodong Monastery and Labrang Monastery from here. Tashi Viewpoint is no less than a paradise for all the local and the young people who assemble here during the weekends to enjoy and be a part of the incredible sightseeing.
For the overseas travelers, it is advisable to visit the place during the morning time to experience a more explicit and transparent view of the mighty mountains juxtaposed against the golden hues of the rising sun. So, if you ever plan a trip to Gangtok, do not miss out on visiting Tashi Viewpoint to help you break away from your monotonous life in an environment filled with peace and harmony.
Banjhakri Falls a new sightseeing destination for the tourists and spread over an area of two acres of land, the Banjhakri Falls is situated at a distance of 7 km from Gangtok on the way to Ranka Monastery. The waterfall which falls from a rocky height of about 40 feet and cascades down with a lot of force is the main attraction of the Energy Park present here. Beautifully landscaped gardens abound the waterfall along with beautiful statues of Lyam Lymay, Mangpas, Lepcha, and Ban Jhakri ancestors. The entrance of the park also comprises of several recreational activities and refreshment stalls. In addition to several resting places, there is a swimming pool present for the visitors as well.
The name Banjhakri is composed of two words- ‘Ban’ meaning forest or jungle and ‘Jhakri’ meaning traditional healer. According to mythological tales, a Ban Jhakri is a man who possesses some powers and exists in folktales in the Nepali Community of Sikkim. It is the belief of the local people according to which a Banjhakri resides in the forest and lives in the rock caves where he worships the spirits. All the ethnic communities which are present believe in these mysteries even today since they form a part of their culture and tradition.
You will come across numerous ethnic sculptures along with figurines showcasing the Jhakri culture throughout the Banjhakri Energy Park. The figurines present in the park depicts various rituals, healing ceremonies, and the induction process followed in the life of a Shaman. Banjhakri Falls is a beautiful and relaxing stop while exploring the beautiful city of Gangtok. With the beautiful surroundings and lush environs, the place will definitely help you break away from the fast moving life of the city and unwind.
Ranka Monastery also known as Lingdum Monastery, the Ranka Monastery which follows the Zurmang Kagyud lineage of Buddhism is situated at a distance of 20 km from Gangtok. The regal monastery is spread over a vast area and provides fantastic scenic views to the tourists. Considered as one of the most significant and glorious monasteries in East Sikkim, being relatively new is one of the primary reasons why it is not talked about a lot. The beauty of the Ranka Monastery has, however, attracted some filmmakers here, and it has been a part of several Bollywood movies that have been shot here.
The Ranka Monastery is one of the most pictorial monasteries in East Sikkim due to the presence of beautifully forested mountains on its borders. Near it lies a 2-storied building with classrooms for the young lamas to study in. Whenever there is a break, the courtyard gets filled with monks wearing beautiful robes colored in red and saffron. Visitors can also click pictures with the monks who stay in full energy. There are a restaurant and a gift shop on the premises for relaxation.
Another major attraction here is the Banjhakri Falls which is situated near the sublime monastery. Adventure lovers are going to have a great time here for they can experience the fun of paragliding from here to a nearby place. Ranka Monastery is going to provide you with a lot of spiritualism combined with exquisite views. The beauty of this place is worth admiring and do not forget to interact with the young monks who are trained here.
Ropeway is known to be one of the top thrilling things to do in Gangtok, Gangtok Ropeway offers not only an exhilarating experience but also a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the valley below. Inaugurated in 2003, the double cable zig back ropeway can carry upto 24 passengers and covers a distance of 2 km to and fro. Usually the cable cars are full and you have to wait in line for your turn, but the gorgeous views of the Kanchenjunga peaks and high hilly area on the way is totally worth the wait. Also, since there are no seats inside the cable car, so to obtain a good view standing seat (next to the glass pane), you will have to try and get in first.
The aerial ropeway is 935 m long, from the start to the end point and the complete journey takes a total of 15 – 20 minutes. It has three terminal stations – Tashiling, Namnang or Deorali, the lowest one being at Deorali. You can get on or get down at either of the three stations. The Deorali Station is situated near the Institute of Tibetology and offers beautiful views of the Gangtok market and the township below. As you go higher and higher, there are even better panoramic vistas of the valley below and of the blue hills in the backdrop. Namnang is the central station and the highest one is at Tashiling near the Secretariat.
The Rumtek Monastery is one of the largest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim, perched on top of a hill 23 km from Gangtok. Originally called as the Dharma Chakra Centre, it belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists who originated in Tibet in the 12th century. Verdant green mountains surround the monastery and thus serves as a visual treat besides being a focal point for spiritual solace. If you climb on top to the Rumtek Monastery, you can have a breathtaking view of the whole Gangtok town situated right opposite the hill. Besides this, the architecture of the striking monastery is one of the finest in the world.
The glorious Rumtek Monastery houses a beautiful shrine temple and a monastery for the monks which were established with the aim of spreading the Buddhist teachings around the world. The sublime structure has a walkway around it on which the monks, pilgrims and visitors perform Kora (a circuit round of the monastery). The splendid Rumtek Monastery has preserved a golden stupa and various other sculptures which belonged to the 16th Karmapa. It also serves as the storehouse for many unique objects besides storing some of the world’s unique religious scriptures. The massive prayer hall inside the stunning monastery is a place worth seeing that is decorated with splendid murals, statues and thangkhas.
Best time to visit
Though Silk Route & Gangtok can access throughout the year but transfer to Gangtok via Gnathnag is not accessible for 365 days. So you have to considered about this route accessibility for your Silk Route with Gangtok vacation.
In January – February
From January to February Silk Route is at its coldest; especially in the mountains, but clear skies reward those who brave the low temperatures. The valleys are warmer and sunny with clear views of the incredible Himalaya. Due to colder temperatures, visitor numbers will be lower.
High altitude area specially above the Phadamchen road mostly closed due to heavy snow. Difficulty for getting permit on this area. Night stay option may available at Phadamchen but above Phadamchen Night stay may not possible due to inaccessibility. It is ideal for those who want chilled weather and heavy snow. Night temperature may goes to negative in high altitude areas. Travelers may arrested by snow in this time in high altitude. Travelers may visit in this time with sufficient buffer day. We will not suggest night stay at Zuluk & Gnathang Valley. Its is not possible to transfer to Gangtok via Gnathang valley & Tsomogo Lake in this time. You have to access alternate route to transfer Gangtok.
On March Silk Route is at its coldest; snow melting has started. Temperature remain negative at night at high altitude area. Mountains remain covered snow clapped. The valleys are warmer and sunny with clear views of the incredible Himalaya. Due to colder temperatures, visitor numbers will be lower. You can plan at this time but you can stuck any time at high altitude due to snow falls. Better to plan sightseeing to Gnathang Valley instead of night stay. Road above Phadamchen may close and you may not get permit due to snow. We will not suggest night stay at Zuluk & Gnathang Valley. Its may not possible to transfer to Gangtok via Gnathang valley & Tsomogo Lake in this time. You have to access alternate route to transfer Gangtok.
In April – May
April and May are among the most popular times to travel as temperatures are pleasant and the valleys are abundant in nature; especially as all the flowers start to bloom. Early April witnesses the Rhododendron, so mountain slope may colorful. It is ideal for photographers and nature lovers. Transfer to Gangtok via Gnathang valley & Tsomogo Lake route will open in this time. This is one of the ideal time to access this route.
In June – September
June to September is monsoon season in Sikkim. But monsoon comes in this area little late so any one can visit till mid June. Although showers can occur at night without spoiling daytime explorations, conditions aren’t ideal for trekking. Sightseeing is still possible – just be prepared with a raincoat. Views are best in the mornings following night-time downpours. It is the best time for mountain shower lover. But landslide can happen any time to spoil your trip. So plan accordingly with sufficient buffer time. Gangtok via Gnathang valley & Tsomogo Lake route mostly open in this time. Road may be closed due to landslide then alternate route may access.
The majority of travelers (around 80%) want to visit Silk Route in October, so plan well in advance to ensure you get your preferred accommodation and good value flights. It is are ideal for hiking and enjoying stunning views and pleasant temperatures. Expect it to be around 25°C in the sun, but there will be cooler temperatures in the evenings and at higher altitudes. Transfer to Gangtok via Gnathang valley & Tsomogo Lake route will open in this time. This is one of the ideal time to access this route.
It is ideal time for those traveler who want mostly clear sky for photograph. So don’t hesitate to plan in this season. This season is famous for mostly clear with blue sky, Snow Clapped mountain & less crowd so anyone can spend their memorable time with your love one. Transfer to Gangtok via Gnathang valley & Tsomogo Lake route will open in this time. This is one of the ideal time to access this route.
On December Silk Route is at its coldest; especially in the mountains, but clear skies reward those who brave the low temperatures. The valleys are warmer and sunny with clear views of the incredible Himalaya. Due to colder temperatures, visitor numbers will be lower. But from 20th to 31st December Silk Route mostly overcrowded. We will not suggest night stay at Zuluk & Gnathang Valley. Its may not possible to transfer to Gangtok via Gnathang valley & Tsomogo Lake in this time due to heavy snow falls, especially late December. You have to access alternate route to transfer Gangtok if road will closed.
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NJP / BAGDOGRA to ARITAR / MANGKHIMAfter pick from NJP / Bagdogra, start your wonderful vacation to Old Silk Rout starting from Aritar / Mangkhim. Reach Aritar / Mangkhim and check into the Homestay. After lunch take a Nature walk around Mangkhim and explore the village. Visit Umbrella View Point, Mangkhim Top & Rai Temple by own. Dinner & Overnight stay at Aritar / Mangkhim.
ARITAR / MANGKHIM to ROLEPEarly morning enjoy the sunrise from Mt Kanchenjunga. After leisure breakfast proceed towards one of the most virgin place of Silk Route Rolep. Cover on the way sightseeing Aritar Lake & Aritar Monastery. Take a halt at Rongli Market. Later proceed towards Rolep with sightseeing Buddha Falls. Checkin to the homestay. Post lunch explore Old Hanging Bridge with river side. Dinner & Overnight stay at Rolep.
ROLEP to GNATHANGAfter breakfast leave Rolep towards Gnathang. First we arrange permit Rongli and explore the small market. Post issuing the permit cover sightseeing Kui-Khola Waterfalls, Zuluk, Zig-Zag Road View Point, Thambi View Point, Lungthung and then reach Gnathang Valley. Checkin to the homestay and post lunch visit Monastery & Krishna Temple. Dinner & Overnight stay at Gnathang.
GNATHANG to GANGTOKAfter breakfast leave Gnathang towards Gangtok. Cover on the way sightseeing Tukla Velley, Old Baba Mondir, Kupup Lake, Kupup Village, New Baba Mondir, Menmecho Lake View Point & Tsomogo Lake. Reach Gangtok in the late afternoon, checkin to the hotel. Rest in the evening. Dinner & Overnight stay at Gangtok. Please Note: Nathula permit is not available from this side. If someone arrange the permit personally, then it can be possible directly discussion with the driver.
GANGTOK HALF DAY LOCAL SIGHTSEEINGAfter leisure weak up & breakfast proceed towards Gangtok full day sightseeing Banjhakri Waterfalls, Gunjan Monastery, Flower Show, Institute of Tibetology, Ganesh Tok, Tashi View Point, Ropeway etc. Back to hotel. Post lunch visit famous MG Marg & Lal Market and complete last day shopping by own. Overnight stay at Gangtok hotel.
GANGTOK to NJP / BAGDOGRAAfter leisure arrived in the morning enjoy the beauty. After breakfast leave Gangtok and proceed towards NJP railway station or Bagdogra Airport or Siliguri Bus Stand Drop for your further journey.
Pick up & drop location is NJP Railway Station or Bagdogra Airport by Individual Cab
5 Nights Accommodation in double or triple or quad shearing basis.
Transfers & sightseeing by 1 Non AC cab as per the itinerary
Taxes& Expenditures Included: Parking, Toll Tax, Luxury Tax, Green Tax Fuel Exp. and Driver Exp.
5 Breakfast, 5 Lunch, 3 Evening Snacks & 5 Dinner
Air Fare / Train Fare / Travelling or Accidental Insurance or Claim or settlement.
Monument Entrance Fee / Camera Fees.
Any Adventure Activity River Rafting, Yak ride, Boating, Paragliding Etc.
Any Personal Expenses – Laundry, Shopping, Tip, Extra Meals, Hard or Soft Drinks Etc.
Wild Life Sanctuary Fees.
Nathula sightseeing & permit.
Zuluk & Gnthang Valley is situated in high altitude area and the air has rarefied oxygen levels so you need to acclimatize yourself at lower altitude areas & gradually increase your night stay. Avoid long stretches of travel that involve drastic shifts in the oxygen levels in air. Avoid too much physical activity for long time & specially for your children and senior Citizen. You also need to travel in a sturdy vehicle like a Jeep as the roads are mostly rocky and full of sharp turns. It’s better to hire a good driver and vehicle from a reputed Tour & Travel agency for exploring Silk Route properly.
Transferring to gangtok via Tsomogo Lake is fully depends on weather conditions and permit availability. Drive in this road may get risky with snow. So please follow the driver's / expert's decision.
It can be fully customized as per customer's choice. Customer can choose any date as per there availability.
Yes, you can. The mention costing is calculated based on mentioned persons. If no of persons have changed then costing will be automatically revised.
No there is no hotel in Silk Route. Night stay arrangement at Homestay only.
Generally homestay operated by local people. You can feel the local culture and food in there. But now a days homestays are more professional and have basic facilities only.
• Maximum homestay did not provide television in the room. Television may available at dining place.
• Food will be provide at dining place only. No room service will be provided. Food cooked by local Sikkimese people. So
taste may different from your regular food.
• Geyser may not available then hot water will be provided on demand in the bucket.
• Attached toilet available with western style. Few homestay have Indian toilet with common areas.
Standard category homestay / hotel will be used for this package. But anyone can upgrade there package options as per availability.
Generally we used Non AC Sumo / Bolero / Similar for this route but 4 seater cab WagonR / Similar may use upto 4 persons. But we suggest High Ground clearance car for this route.
Inquire to us or reach us directly 7980464525 / 8697471273 and book your package with advance amount as directed to you & we will sent to you the confirmation detail within 7 working days from date of advance received.
More than 45 days advance amount is non refundable.
In between 44 to 30 days 50% of the total tour cost.
In between 29 to 15 days 75% of the total tour cost.
In between 14 to 07 days 85% of the total tour cost.
Less than 7 days / No show or after arrival in Bhutan 100% of the tour cost.
Yes you can. But it is fully depends on homestay / hotel / transportation availability. Cancellation policy may applicable as per homestay / hotel / transporter policy. Seasonal hike may applicable for this circumstances.
For all Indian citizen Voter Card / Passport (Adult only) & Birth Certificate / Passport (Child only) with photocopy of the said documents and passport size color photo for all traveler.
Foreigner can not allow into the restricted area.
Please note that without valid documents permit can not be issued. Better to ask before travelling for valid documents list.
Yes you can with prior information. Additional costing may applied for this up-gradation. Up-gradation is depends on availability.