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SILK ROUTE TOUR FROM KOLKATA
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Why you should visit silk route
If you are planning to visit silk route, you have actually chosen a visit to paradise of nature. And if you have not yet decided, here are some reasons why you must take a trip to Silk Route:
- The road that leads to silk route has some of the most beautiful destinations on earth.
- You get to stay in house stays, right among the locals.
- The route speaks of its own ancient history as it was once used for trade of cotton, gold, sugar, tea, and horses.
- Depending on the time of year you choose, you can experience immense snowfall and falling temperatures.
Geographical location of Silk Route
The Silk route is known to be an ancient historic road which was a major avenue for trade in the past. It is also a part of cultural amalgamates of various regions of Asia and well connected with East and West of India, China as well as Pakistan.
Weather at Silk Route
silk route Sikkim weather in December experiences heavy snow and the temperature remain below zero degree mostly. Silk route weather in June to September is that of rains. However, Sikkim Silk Route weather in October is clear with sparkling days and cold night.
Best time to visit and why
The best time to best time to visit silk route Sikkim is from May to October as the winters here are freezing. The temperature remains around 15 degrees Celsius in May and the sceneries seem to be absolutely stunning this time making it best time to take silk route tour. For more details on best time to visit Zuluk and Zuluk tour package cost you can reach out to us.
How to Reach Silk Route From Kolkata?
There are no direct flights or trains from Kolkata to Silk route and hence the route is divided in two parts.
Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri
You first need to travel to New Jalpaiguri from Kolkata which is about a distance of 593 kilometres. There are a myriad of flights that take about 2 to 3 hours to reach the destination. You can also opt for train route to reach New Jalpaiguri. There are around 25 direct trains for this route and the fastest train, Shatabadi Express takes 8 hours 10 minutes to reach the destination. If you opt to take a flight, you need to take a flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra.
New Jalpaiguri to Silk Route
While there is no direct transportation from New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok/Silk Route, you will find that there are frequent vehicles to take you there. New Jalpaiguri to Silk Route distance is about 1500 kms and you can get a cab up to Rongli Bazar and hire a different vehicle from there up to Silk Route. The better idea is to take a pick-up service from the hotel you are staying at or get one arranged from your Silk Route Tour Operators. It is also suggested to keep a Silk Route Sikkim map handy while you are on the way. Many silk route tours and travel companies offer luxuries A/C and Non A/C coaches to take you to the route safely and comfortably.
The Story of the Silk Route
Are planning to explore the unexplored? Are you looking to take a plunge in the lake of history? Then you should avail silk route tour package from Kolkata.
The ancient Silk Route was spread from the Tibet’s capital Lhasa to West Bengal’s Tamralipta Port (Now known as Tamluk). As per the description of Fa-Hien, around 400 A.D. Tamralipta was the busiest port in the Bay of Bengal. From Tamralipta, this business route got spread to Sri Lanka, Bali, Java, and in various other eastern Asian countries. The Silk Route was not that much famous at first. But, the route was discovered in the 1st century A.D. a new horizon was unveiled. Most of the Pass from the eastern Himalayan region is 14000 feet high from the sea level and gets entirely covered in snow from November to April. The distance of the Silk Route from Lhasa to Tamralipta is around 900 kilometres which are pretty close as compared to the other ports. Not only that but also this route was much safer for business and that is why most merchants were interested in doing business through this route. When you witness this route on your silk route tour package from Kolkata, you will surely feel heart-warming.
During the ancient times, the south-east Silk Route was the most popular one and visiting most of the places falling in this route in your silk route tour package will be a treat. There was a connection with Hunan province and Silk Route. This route was spread between Tibet and Hunan to India and Afghanistan. The most intriguing part of all is, though the name of the road is Silk Route, the highest number of trades used to take place on horse and tea. There were other products such as Sugar, Salt, Bronze, and Cotton.
Another uncommon route of the South-East Silk Route was from Lhasa and Langjhu to Nathu La, Jelep La, and Dhong La and finally to Bengal which you can witness in your silk route tour package. From Bengal, this route got divided into two parts which are spread to various sea routes and ports of Tamluk, Wari-Bateshwar, Bhitagarh, Mahasthangarh, and in Bangladesh, Bikrampur and Sonargaon.
Unknown Facts of Silk Route that you never knew before
Before you embark on your silk route tour package, let us see some of the unknown facts of this route. The Silk Route was a trade route between ancient Asia, Europe, and Africa. By the 2nd century A.D., this 6 and a half thousand long route was famous for its transportation of Silk products to Europe from the Middle East. In the beginning, many trade routes were connected with the Silk Route which supplied slat, gold, and many other important things. This route is not only significant for the trade but also for the exchange of ideas and culture. This was the Super-Highway of the world during ancient times.
The Greek architecture came to this world through this route just like Buddhism went to all over the world. The Silk Route is that road through which famous travellers such as Fa-Hien and Marco Polo came to this part of the world and you will also be visiting these roads in your silk route tour package. By travelling through this road, the Arabians found out about the Medical Science and Mathematics from India and China. They incorporated their learning to create Algebra which was accepted all over Europe. Most of the new cities and empires were created around the Silk Route during that era. The forbidden city of Lhasa got recognized as the city of religion and harmony because of the unfolding of the Silk Route and visiting these places in your silk route tour package will be an awesome experience for you. Basically, the discovery of the Silk Route has changed the whole dynamics of the world and it is a significant event in the history of the World.
The Road to Silk Route
- New Jalpaiguri to Rangli- 135 KMS
- New Jalpaiguri to Rangpo- 80 KMS
- Rangpo to Rhenock- 29 KMS
- Rhenock to Rangli- 16 KMS
- Rangli to Lingtam- 9 KMS
- Lingtam to Padamchen- 14 KMS
- Padamchen to Zuluk- 11 KMS
- Zuluk to Thambi- 14 KMS
- Thambi to Lungthung- 3 KMS
- Lungthung to Laxmi Chowk- 3 KMS
- Laxmi Chowk to Nathang- 3 KMS
- Rangli to Zuluk- 34 KMS
- Zuluk to Nathang- 23 KMS
- Nathang to Kulup- 8 KMS
- Nathang to Gangtok 62 KMS
- Gangtok to Nathu La- 56 KMS
Before you decide to embark on your Silk Route tours and travels, please consult with your doctor if you have asthma or any breathing problem or heart problem. If your doctor permits you then you should go for the silk route exploration. Also, you should inform this to your Silk Route tour operator in Kolkata and homestay managers. Also remember that in order to reach Nathang in your silk route tour package from Kolkata, you have to reach Rangli by 4 PM in the afternoon. For that, you have to carry two passport size photographs and photo identity proof during your Silk Route tip. Your Silk Route tour operators will need these things in order to get permission from the SDPO’s office.
Places on Silk Route Tours and Travels Package
Kalimpong is a very important city in the ancient trade route known as Silk Route, situated at a height of around 4,125 feet and it is also a must-see city in your silk route tour package. Kalimpong is a city of orchids situated between the two hills, Delo and Durpindara. You will be seeing Doctor Graham’s Home, Mangal Dham, Mcfarlane Church, Durpindara Monastery, and Pine View Nursery (where you will get stunned by seeing the collection of Cactus and Orchids). Apart from this, Hanuman Park, Durga Temple, Jalpai View Point, Morgan House, Kali Mandir, and many more places will enthral you in your visit to Kalimpong. So, Kalimpong is a city where you have to include in your silk route tour package.
Chibo is a small village 6 km away from Kalimpong. In your silk route tour package, you have to include this beautiful village because the natural view it provides will surely mesmerise you. You will be able to see the scenic view of Kanchenjunga from this village. The famous Chardham of Sikkim is not very far away from this place. Your silk route tours and travels will be incomplete without a visit to Chibo.
From 7 km away from Delo, Ramdhura is an uncommon tourist spot that you should be including in your travel plan and the best thing is, it will not increase your silk route tour cost. The shining Kanchenjunga will accompany you all along during your visit to Ramdhura. There are some wondering sightseeing spots in Ramdhura such as Jalsha View Point and Bungalow, Burmik Mahadevdham, Dorji Monastery, and many other things. That is why it is a must include spot in your silk route tour package.
In the language of Sherpa, the word ‘Icche’ means the highest point. Sherpa, Rai, and Vujel groups’ people are the predominant resident of this place. In total, there are 29 houses in this place. Sailikhorkar Jungle is very close from Icche Gaon. That is why it is a must visit place in your silk route package tour from Kolkata. Also, Icche Gaon is regarded as the natural viewpoint of Kanchenjunga. Therefore, if you want to see the village life in your old silk route tour then this is a place which you just cannot afford to miss.
Almost 7000 feet high on the Pedong Valley, Shilari Gaon is situated with all its natural beauty which is an important place in your silk route tour package. If you want to witness the natural beauty of Fitsheil, Kabru, Jumlahori, and Machchapur under the blue sky then Shilari Gaon is the place you include in your silk route tour itinerary. From here, you can visit the beautiful silent valley which is very near to this place. Here you will also be able to see a mesmerising collage of the River Tista and Bitasta with Kanchenjunga. Therefore, you should include this place in your silk route tour plan.
5,400 feet high, around the boundary of West Bengal and Sikkim, is the wonderful town of Pedong. Sky high pine, oak, birch, and deodar tree will surely take your breath away. The beautiful way of Tista River and the gorgeous and wavy tea garden is the treasure of Pedong which you must include in your silk route tour plan. Sacred heart church built by the French, Silent Valley, the viewpoint of Ramti are some of the must-see spots in Pedong. From Pendong, you can also include a visit to Saking, Kashing, Dalap, Kage, and upper and lower Menchu in your silk route tour package.
13 kilometres away from Pendong, Reshi Khola is the last village of the Sikkim and West Bengal Border region. This place will be included in your silk route tour package cost. Reshi River is the lifeline of this village. Reshi River flows around 1,700 feet high from the ground and in one bank of this river, you will see West Bengal and on the other bank, you will see Sikkim. You can visit Aritar or Lampokhri Lake from Reshi which is around 6 kilometres away. Also, you can rent a cab and visit some of the must-see spots along with your silk route package tour from kolkata from Reshi Khola villages such as Thambi viewpoint, Jelep La, Kulup Lake, Baba Mandir, Changu Lake, and other places.
Aritar is the culmination of historical and natural treasure and visiting this place will be included in the silk route tour package cost. This place is the middle point of Sikkim, Bhutan, and West Bengal which is filled with mesmerising natural treasure. Aritar Lake is not such big, however, you will be able to do boating and much other stuff here. You can also visit Lingsey Monastery and your silk route tour cost will not be going up for that. In this silent and peaceful place, you can spend a couple of days easily and have a great time. If you love adventure sports, then you will have that opportunity as well.
5 kilometres away from Aritar is Mankhim Hilltop, an important site in your old silk route tour. If you want to see the mesmerising view of Sunrise from Kanchenjunga, then you should be here during your trip. The view of Birds flying, Butterflies flying, and colourful orchids will surely take your breath away. From Mankhim, you will be able to pay a visit to Dalapchand Village and Padamchey which is close to West Bengal border. This place should be included in your silk route tour package.
In your silk route tour package, 24 kilometers away from Pedong is Lingsey Village which is the place of Lepcha, Bhutia, and Gorkha people. Cardamom Garden, Paddy Filed, and the forest are some of the mesmerizing things that you will get here. The ancient Hareshwar Temple, Sanskrit Vidyalaya, and Pallembo Lepcha Monastery are some of the must include places in your silk route tour package cost from Kolkata.
Mulkharka is one of the most people places that you will see in your silk route tour package from Kolkata. You will find a wishing lake where you will see the shadow of Kanchenjunga. This mesmerizing view is truly breath-taking. At the end of the forest here you will get a wonderful view of the Kanchenjunga and you should witness it along with your silk route tour package from Kolkata.
Bokhim is one of the unknown territories of Sikkim which is truly mesmerizing to explore. You will witness a different look of Kanchenjunga from here. It is a must see a place for you in your silk route tour package from Kolkata. In the Aritar Lake, which is very close from here, the tourists will get the opportunity of boating in this lake which has a shape like a human foot. Lokadar and Chujachen are two of the must-see viewpoints where you must visit in silk route tour package. From here, here you can also go to the famous Dalapchand which the first fully organic agricultural place in India. So, you should at least come here once with your silk route tour operator in Kolkata.
Rongli is one of the major entry points of the Modern Silk Route. The Rongli River is a little locality. It is a wonderful place full of people. You have to remember, that you will get your permit for silk route tour package from here.
Rolep is just 20 kilometers away from Rongli. It is also known as the paradise for Birds. If you want to have the enjoyment of catching trout fish in the Shokey Khola River and visit the forest to see the birds then you have to include this place on your silk route tour package from Kolkata.
Padamchen is 14 kilometers away from Rongli and 10 kilometers away from Juluk. The place is famous for its wonderful weather. It is the manifestation of the ideal hill station. Your silk route tour map will have Padamchen in it.
By far, Zuluk is the best attraction of the historical silk route. Therefore, Zuluk silk route tour will be a special occasion. You should plan your Zuluk tour minutely as there are several places that you just cannot afford to miss. This village is purely a military base as the China border is a few kilometers away from here. This scenic village is just 34 kilometers away from Rongli. 14 kilometres away from Zuluk is Thambi Viewpoint which is 11,200 feet high. The view of Kanchenjunga from Thambi is something to be cherished all your life and that is why in your tour itinerary, you have to include Zuluk silk route tour.
No silk route tour itinerary is complete without a visit to Nathang Valley. Here you will Mother Nature in a different way which you may have not seen in your life. From the Eagle’s Nest Bunker, the view of Sunrise with Kanchenjunga is a moment to savour for all your life. So, you should visit it with silk route tour operators. Also, the homestay facility of Nathang Valley is very much famous and as far as your silk route tour package, these homestays are pretty much affordable. Therefore, you should experience it once.
The next stop from Nathang will be Tukla as per silk route tour map. Kulup Lake is around 16 kilometres away from Tukla. This valley is around 12,500 kilometres high around the border of Tibet. Words cannot describe the majestic beauty of this place. Your silk route tour package cost from Kolkata will not increase if you visit here. The panoramic view of Kanchenjunga from here will take your breath away. If you visit Tukla around September or October, you will see that the valley has dressed in colourful attire. That is why in your silk route tour package from Kolkata; Tukla is a place that you have to include.
What to see in silk route?
When it comes to Silk Route tourist places, the place has a lot to offer.
1. Baba Mandir
Baba Mandir is an extremely popular and very distinguished sightseeing point in Sikkim. The mandir is dedicated to Baba Harbhajan Singh who was an Indian Army soldier. He is said to have died near Nathula Pass in Est of Sikkim. There are two mandirs built as an ode to Baba Harbhajan Singh.
2. Changu Lake
Also popularly known as Tsomgo Lake, Changu Lake is perched in the mountains at an alytitude of 12.400 ft and is merely 37 kms away from Gangtok –Nathula Highway. The lake is one of the most crowded and popular tourist destinations of Sikkim and offers spectacular landscape view. The lake is considred sacred among Budhists and Hindus.
3. Eagle’s Nest Bunker
May is the best time to visit Nathang Valley. Located merely few kilometres away from Nathang Valley, this is an abandoned army bunker perched at an altitude of 13799 ft. it is surrounded by Mt. Kanchenjunga, distant peaks of Tibetan Plateau, western Bhutan, plains of Bengal and popular Brahmaputra river. It is popular point of watching sunrise over the mountains.
4. Four Lake Point
Located at an altitude of 13600 ft., Four lake point is seen on way to Menmecho from Gangtok and gives a picturesque view of Tibetan plateau surrounded by four emerald lakes. The first two lakes are called Jorpokahri and the other two are known as Green Lake and Kupup Lake.
5. Hangu lake
At 13000 feet above the level of sea, Hangu lake is almost a kilometre long. You will see a lot of barren slopes of mountain and rocks and pebbles totally devoid of any plantation. The lake is fed by Glacier waters which reflects the shadows of surrounding mountains.
6. India lake
India Lake is located near Laxman Chowk around 12500 ft high, the water in this lake is very dark and hence the name Kalpokhari which means black pond. The lake has a resemblance to map of India and hence got its name India Lake.
7. Jelep La
Jelep La is a mountain pass located at `13, 999 feet high and links Lhasa to India. It is right between Tibet and india and is located in the Eastern part of Sikkim. The name originates from Tibet and mean a lovely level pass. The pass lives up to its name and is one of the most levelled passes all across the Silk Route.
8. Kupup lake
There is something spectacular about these high altitude lakes. You climb all the way up to the mountains, struggle through tight bends and end up greeted by a beautiful water body. The silk route has a plethora of such lakes and the most beautiful among all of them is Kupup Lake.
9. Lampokhari lake
Lampokhari is a boot shaped lake which is 1120 feet long and 240 feet wide. It is known to be one of the oldest lakes in Sikkim. There is a recently constructed pathway for tourists and the lake also offers boating facilities.
10. Laxman chowk
Many people call Laxman Chowk as Laxmi Chowk. It is located at an altitude of 12800 feet and is known to be built in the fond memories of Lt. Col. Laxman Singh who was the commanding officer under whose supervision the unit secured water shed opposite Chinese in Dokala in the year 1965.
after you cross Rongli, Lingtum is the first village you come across with a check post. It is a small peaceful village which is guarded by a small river known as Bakhuter Khola. Lingtum is located at about 5000 feet above the level of sea and has two famous monasteries.
12. Menmecho Lake
If you want to visit the most beautiful lake of Sikkim, Menmecho Lake is the place to be. It is located at an altitude of 12,500 feet, the lake is known to be changing colours every minute. The Lake stays frozen from the month of January to August.
13. Nathula pass
One of the most popular tourist destination, Nathula Pass is a mountain pass located in Eastern part of Sikkim and serves as a link of trade between China and India. It is known to be the highest pass open to tourist and located at an altitude of 14,140 feet.
14. Strawberry lake
At nearly 13500 feet above the level of sea, the Strawberry lake has an unmissable resemblance to shape of a strawberry. Although it is not as huge as rest of the lakes on this route, the unique shape has made strawberry Lake one of the most visited
15. Thambi view point
Thambi viewpoint is known to offer a beautiful view of Mount Kanchenjunga. It is only about 14 kilometres from Zuluk and on a road with almost 30 hairpin turns which suddenly open to the view point.
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