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Kupup Lake

The Silk Route of SIkkim India has several such high altitude beautiful lakes and one of the most beautiful is surely the Kupup Lake. Locally called Bitan Cho, it is one of the most sacred lakes of Sikkim, with high mountains and valleys bordering it. Owing to its resemblance to elephant, Kupup Lake is also known as Elephant Lake. The lake nestles at an altitude of 13,066 feet, on the way to Jelepla Pass, bordering area with China and India. This lake in the shape of a elephant in the and is situated above old baba mandir. Surreal.Snowfall and the lake looked like a fairytale.Spent few minutes there.Was in a hurry to go back.Wish if we could go back there once again.Little bit of walking needed to reach the lake.

Old Baba Mandir

Old Baba Mandir

At a distance of 60 km from the majestic Gangtok city towards the legendary Nathula, you will find a road leading towards the Kupup valley up to Tukla. A bifurcated road from Tukla would connect to the Old Baba Mandir (Bunker). At this place; the samadhi of Baba Harbhajan, famously known, as Old Baba Mandir has been built. Harbhajan Singh was born in the Sadrana village of Gujranwala district (Presently in Pakistan) into a Sikh family on August 30, 1946.

On 9th February 1966 he got enrolled into the Punjab Regiment of Indian army as a sepoy. The year 1968 brought havoc misfortune for the states of Sikkim and North Bengal, as they were under the fury of natural disaster.



Lungthung viewpoint is located at the elevation of 13000ft in the famous “Silk route” between Zuluk and Nathang Valley. It is about 1-hour ride from Zuluk and about 2 km from Nathang valley. The Thambi view point which offers the beautiful view zigzag road and the Eastern Himalayan range is within 1 km from here.

It also falls under Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary with different species of flora and fauna. It is, therefore, a paradise for the wildlife enthusiast. It is a house for beautiful Himalayan Monal, the Khaleej pheasant, blood pheasant and famous Red Panda.



Zuluk, is a secret destination in old Silk Route, located at an altitude of 10,000ft in the Eastern Himalayan mountain range in the East Sikkim is an up growing popular offbeat tourist destination. Zuluk is an eco-village set in the middle of a forest with orchards blooming in and around it. Here, you’ll find serenity and the kind of calm where if you listen hard enough, you may hear your heart beat. It is still a virgin destination in the silk route, which was opened to the tourists’ couple of years back only. No phones in the rooms, no television to distract there's only music - of the cool mountain breeze, complimented by swinging of the leaves and the birds flapping their wings in unison



A small village at Aritar, East Sikkim, 3 hours from New Jalpaiguri station, staying at homestay, you can enjoy the spiritual beauty of Kanchenjangha from Mankhim temple. Nearby attraction is Aritar lake, is a hoghest lake with boating facility at Sikkim.



Padamchen, another brand new virgin beauty in Silk Route just a couple of Kilometers away from Zuluk recently opened its doors to the tourists with all its natural beauty, serenity and lots of flora and fauna.



Currently most popular destination of Sikkim is silk – route or old- silk trade route and the entry point of Silk-Route is Lingtam. The small but very beautiful village is Lingtam, which is on 4.000 ft. above sea level.

This small village was starting point of historical silk route, this route was used to trade to central Asia via Tibet from ancient India. Recently the travelers are allowed to visit this route and region by obtaining a valid permit. There is a very simple process to get permit, permits for visiting silk route are issued from Rangoli S.D.P.O office on any week days (Excepts Holidays) between 10.00 A.M to 4.00 P.M, and you just need to submit a photo copy of valid identity (eg: Voters ID card, Passport, Driving license etc. (PAN card not accepted) with 1 pc of recent passport size color photo.



Nimachen is a small village on the Silk Route circuit just 13 kms from Rongli and 14 kms from Zuluk , situated on a hill slope at 7800 ft and covered in dense forests. Throughout the year Nimachenexperiences a very pleasant weather which makes the place more popular. 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, then staying at Nimachen could be a better choice.Nimachen has some of the best views of the valleys and forests of this part of Sikkim and Himalayan foothills. The forests around Nimachen support a wide variety of bird population and bird watchers would love to spend a few days here.



Aritar is a region in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim under Rongli Sub-Division. It is known for its natural and landscaped beauty. It is located on the edge of the Himalayas, and can be reached in about four hours' drive from Gangtok via either Pakyong or Rangpo.

Isolated from the rest of the state, on the far eastern border of Sikkim and bounded by Mt. Kanchendzonga, the region is characterized by lush forest, mountains and rivers. The Aritar Lake (Ghati-Tso) is a nearby attraction, as are traditional villages and monasteries such as Lingsay. Visitors may also stay in a British-built bungalow of 1895 located 0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi) below the lake.

Nathang Valley

Nathang Valley

Nathang is called Ladakh of East Sikkim. Nathang valley is locally known as Gnathang Valley is situated at an altitude of 12,700 feet above sea level. Nathang village is one of the remotest Tibetian habitations in Eastern Himalaya. Here one can experience chilled wind waves blowing all around. Nathang usually remains snow covered from January to April. This time the whole valley becomes a white desert. Govt. of Sikkim is planning to start skiing in winter. This village is one of the parts of the Old Silk route which connected India with China.



Rishi or Rishi Khola Most beautiful, picture last border village lies between the Indian state of Sikkim and West Bengal. West Bengal situated on a side of the Rishi River and Sikkim is on another side of the river. Rishi can be reached from Kalimpong, there is a small village ‘Algarah’, on the way to Lava (Labha) from Kalimpong.

The straight road goes to Lava and another way goes to Rishi through Pedong, also Rishi can be reached from Kalimpong via Rhenak. The distance would be around 37 K.M. and it’s a nice journey of more than one and half (1.1/2) hrs. Rishi village situated on 101 K.M. away from Siliguri town and it’s a more than 3.1/2 hrs. of journey through Sevoke, Kalijhora, Rambi, Kalimpong, Lava and Pedong . Distance from Gangtok town is only 90 K.M from Rishikhola.



Icchey Gaon altitude of 5800 feet is a prime Himalayan hamlet surrounded with pine forests, with limitless view of Mt.Kanchenjungha. For nature lover the perfect place. Many nature trails and treks to viewpoints like Jalsa BUNGLOW Ramitey Dara, from Icchey Gaon at evening you can see light like twinkle stars, of Darjeeling Namchi and many places of gangtok. Along the slopes of the eastern Himalayas. The excellent sunset of mt kanchanjunga is fabulous. [Read more ]



Excellent view of Mt. Kanchenjungha from one of the smallest villages in India with the twist of River Teesta, is Ramdhura.

Its truly give some of the superb views of the Eastern Himalayas and Mt.Kanchenjungha. With downslide of green mountains and River Teesta obstacle the valley You can enjoy the charm of sunrise and sunset. Adventure lovers can trek in the slopes of the pine forests, hearing sweet melody bird singing. Its also the starting point of Silk route. [Read more ]