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The mountains are calling and I must go

- John Muir

Old Silk Route also known as Silk Route or Silk Road is one of the most beloved and beautiful destination for mountain and nature lovers. This is a small part of the route used for Silk Trading in ancient India and China. The part of this route within India is under the jurisdiction border of two Indian states - West Bengal and Sikkim.

This route has gained immense popularity over the last few years due to the hidden treasures of the unexplored beauty throughout the entire journey. The route starts from the Kalimpong district of West Bengal and ends only with the sweetest memories of your life.

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Places to visit
Ichey Gaon

Ichey Gaon

Ichey Gaon aka Echey Gaon or Icche Gaon is a small village in the Kalimpong district of the state of West Bengal, India. Icche Gaon, situated at 5800 ft above mean sea level, has view of Mount Kangchenjunga and nearby peaks. Icche Gaon is located 89 km from New Jalpaiguri.

This beautiful himalayan hamlet is totally surrounded by dense pine forests and offers a clear panoromic view of majestic Mt. Kangchenjunga.

On the starting day of Old Silk Route Tour people generally likes a spend a night here. You will definitely love the environment here as a kickstart to your journey.


Sillery Gaon

Sillery Gaon

Sillery Gaon is a small village in the Kalimpong district of the state of West Bengal, India. Sillery Gaon is situated at an altitude of 6000 ft. It locally known as New Darjeeling. Sillery Gaon is located 94 km from New Jalpaiguri. From Kalimpong the distance to Sillery Gaon is 23kms and will take over an hour by car. From Kalimpong you will reach Algarah in about 40 minutes (15kms) along Rishi Road. This is a very beautiful small himalayan village with around 30 families in total.

On the starting day of Old Silk Route Tour this place is generally a place to stay as an alternate to Ichey Gaon.


Rishikhola

Rishikhola

Rishikhola aka Reshi Khola is a small beautiful offbeat destination located on the bank of Rishi (Reshi) river along the border of Sikkim and West Bengal at an altitude of 2,000 ft.

Rishikhola is a perfect stop for tourists where one can enjoy the cool, refreshing stream of Rishi river with their feet in the water. Sitting on the banks of river and gazing at the water flowing down, a nature lover can easily spend ages with a blink.


Aritar

Aritar

Aritar is a region in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim under Rongli Sub-Division. 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 or Lampokhari Lake (Ghati-Tso) is a nearby attraction, as are traditional villages and monasteries. At an altitude of 4600 ft (1,400 m) it is the only lake with boating facility in Sikkim.

From Aritar people can visit Mankhim aka Mangkhim, a Temple of the Rai of Nepali origin is located at a height of 6500 ft. On a clear day Mankhim view point offers panoromic view of Mt. Kangchenjunga.


Phadamchen

Phadamchen

Phadamchen (aka Fadamchen) is a small village in East Sikkim. Surrounded by Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges this small village is now an emerging offbeat destination in this route. This is a nice place to acclimitize during going up towards end of route or take a day halt during the return from Nathang or Kupup.

Since Zuluk and Nathang both are not having proper amenities, visitiors often consider Phadamchen as a base to visit the rest of the route.

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Zuluk

Zuluk

Zuluk (aka Dzuluk or Jhuluk or Jaluk) is a small hamlet located at a height of around 10,000 feet (3,000 m) on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim of the Indian state Sikkim. This place is relatively an emerging and offbeat destination in East Sikkim. It derives its tourism importance due to the excellent view of the eastern Himalayan mountain range including the Kanchenjunga.

It was once a transit point to the historic Silk Route from Tibet to India. The famous silk route that connected Lhasa (Tibet) to Kalimpong was in use even a few decades ago until the Chinese invasion of Tibet. It was commonly used by traders traveling to Tibet through Jelep-la ("La" stands for mountain pass) as an overnight base.


Zig-Zag Road

ZigZag

Undobtedly the most famous picture in the entire journey is the view of Zig Zag roads from hill top. From Zuluk or Phadamchen visitors do a day trip for sightseeing. The trip starts early morning and the vehicle carries on its journey through the roads of the hills.

Reaching at the Zig-Zag view point visitor will see a top view the road that he/she just crossed in last one hour. It is a glorious and picturesque view that remains in memory for lifetime.

Be it a bright sunny day or a cloud covered one, the view of Zig-Zag roads covering the entire hillside will amaze you for sure.


Thambi View Point

Thambi View Point is a part of the sightseeing from Zuluk or Phadamchen. At an altitude of around 11,000 ft Thambi View Point offers a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha as well as a hill top view of Zuluk Village.

This view point is located at a distance of 15 Kms from Zuluk.


Nathang Valley

Nathang

Nathang Valley ( aka Gnathang Valley) is once a place of yak herders but now one of the most popular offbeat destination in India. This is the highest valley in eastern sikkim available for tourist offerings at an altitude of nearly 13,300 ft.

The valley is entirely covered by snow-capped mountains. The ultimate destination to stay in Old Silk Route can be this valley. The valley offers mesmerizing views of the Eastern Himalayan mountain range.

Being an offbeat destination, it is very hard to find premium properties here but the homestays available here are upto the mark for comfortness and amenities. Winter is almost snow covered in this valley which is tough for many travellers to survive however, this is purely heaven for snow lovers.


Old Baba Mandir

Old Baba Mandir is originally an Indian Army bunker turned into a temple in the memory of Baba Harbhajan Singh.

Captain "Baba" Harbhajan Singh (30 August 1946 – 4 October 1968) was an Indian army soldier. Many of his faithful - chiefly Indian army personnel posted in and around the Nathu La and the Sino-Indian border between the state of Sikkim and Chinese-occupied Tibet - have come to believe his spirit protects every soldier in the inhospitable high-altitude terrain of the Eastern Himalayas. As with most saints, the Baba is believed to grant favours to those who revere and worship him. He is said to be protecting the country even after death.

This bunker turned temple is a must visit in this route.


Kupup Lake

Kupup Lake

Kupup Lake ( aka Hathipokhari Lake or Elephant Lake) is one of the most scenic lakes in sikkim at an altitude of nearly 14,000 ft.

Surrounded by deserted mountains, this lake resembles an Elephant. The name Kupup comes from the village named Kupup around the corner of the lake which housed a very few families and a police checkpost. Historically this places was an intransit point enroute Silk trade between India and Tibet.

This place is also famous for Yak Golf Course which is an 18-hole golf course at the highest altitude of sea level in the world and has been included in Guinness Book of World Records.


Information Source : Internet Research, Guest Reviews, Wikipedia
Complete Silk Route
Duration : 6 Nights 7 Days
Pickup from : New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport
Drop to : New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagodgra (IXB) Airport
Inclusions : Sightseeings , Pickup and Drop  All Meals  Accomodation 
Satisfaction Index : (4.5/5)
Day 1
Pickup from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport and transfer to Icheygaon. Enroute enjoy the journey along the banks of Teesta river. Upon reaching your stay at Icheygaon, freshen up and have your lunch. Evening at your leisure.
Day 2
Icheygaon to Rolep / Rishi Khola. You are officially in the Silk Route now. Enjoy the beauty of the journey. Post lunch enjoy the serene nature surroundings at your own pace.
Day 3
Rolep / Rishi Khola to Phadamchen. There will be a halt at Rongli to process the permit to enter the restricted area of East Sikkim. It is a good opportunity spend some time in shopping. After Rongli the stop will be at Que Khola (aka Keu Khola / Kui Khola) waterfalls.
Day 4
Phadamchen to Nathang. One by one you will be visiting Zig-Zag View point, Thambi view point, Laxman Chok (a halt for coffee break), Nathang Valley view point, Old Baba Mandir (Bunker), Kupup Lake. From Kupup you will be travelling back to Phadamchen via Nathang.
Day 5
Nathang to Lingtham. Enjoy the lunch and evening at your leisure.
Day 6
Lingtham to Aritar. Enroute visit Aritar Helipad (Dalapchad Helipad Ground) and Aritar Lake (Lampokhari Lake). After lunch visit Aritar Monastry and Mankhim View point to enjoy the sunset and a bird's eye view to Aritar Lake.
Day 7
After breakfast, transfer back to New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport. Your tour ends with a tons of memories for lifetime.
Standard Silk Route
Duration : 4 Nights 5 Days
Pickup from : New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport
Drop to : New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagodgra (IXB) Airport
Inclusions : Sightseeings , Pickup and Drop  All Meals  Accomodation 
Satisfaction Index : (5/5)
Day 1
Pickup from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport and transfer to Aritar. Enroute visit Aritar Helipad (Dalapchad Helipad Ground) and Aritar Lake (Lampokhari Lake). After lunch visit Aritar Monastry and Mankhim View point to enjoy the sunset and a bird's eye view to Aritar Lake.
Day 2
Aritar to Phadamchen. There will be a halt at Rongli to process the permit to enter the restricted area of East Sikkim. It is a good opportunity spend some time in shopping. After Rongli the stop will be at Que Khola (aka Keu Khola / Kui Khola) waterfalls.
Day 3
Phadamchen. One by one you will be visiting Zig-Zag View point, Thambi view point, Laxman Chok (a halt for coffee break), Nathang Valley view point, Old Baba Mandir (Bunker), Kupup Lake. From Kupup you will be travelling back to Phadamchen.
Day 4
Phadamchen to Icheygaon. Upon reaching your stay at Icheygaon, freshen up and have your lunch. Evening at your leisure.
Day 5
After breakfast, transfer back to New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport. Your tour ends with a tons of memories for lifetime.
Mini Silk Route
Duration : 3 Nights 4 Days
Pickup from : New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport
Drop to : New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagodgra (IXB) Airport
Inclusions : Sightseeings , Pickup and Drop  All Meals  Accomodation 
Satisfaction Index : (4.5/5)
Day 1
Pickup from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport and transfer to Aritar. Enroute visit Aritar Helipad (Dalapchad Helipad Ground) and Aritar Lake (Lampokhari Lake). After lunch visit Aritar Monastry and Mankhim View point to enjoy the sunset and a bird's eye view to Aritar Lake.
Day 2
Aritar to Phadamchen. There will be a halt at Rongli to process the permit to enter the restricted area of East Sikkim. It is a good opportunity spend some time in shopping. After Rongli the stop will be at Que Khola (aka Keu Khola / Kui Khola) waterfalls.
Day 3
Phadamchen. One by one you will be visiting Zig-Zag View point, Thambi view point, Laxman Chok (a halt for coffee break), Nathang Valley view point, Old Baba Mandir (Bunker), Kupup Lake. From Kupup you will be travelling back to Phadamchen.
Day 4
After breakfast, transfer back to New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport. Your tour ends with a tons of memories for lifetime.
Silk Route with Gangtok
Duration : 5 Nights 6 Days
Pickup from : New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport
Drop to : New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagodgra (IXB) Airport
Inclusions : Sightseeings , Pickup and Drop  All Meals  Accomodation 
Satisfaction Index : (5/5)
Day 1
Pickup from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport and transfer to Ichey Gaon.
Day 2
Ichey Gaon to Aritar. Enroute visit Aritar Helipad (Dalapchad Helipad Ground) and Aritar Lake (Lampokhari Lake). After lunch visit Aritar Monastry and Mankhim View point to enjoy the sunset and a bird's eye view to Aritar Lake.
Day 3
Aritar to Phadamchen. There will be a halt at Rongli to process the permit to enter the restricted area of East Sikkim. It is a good opportunity spend some time in shopping. After Rongli the stop will be at Que Khola (aka Keu Khola / Kui Khola) waterfalls.
Day 4
Phadamchen to Gangtok. One by one you will be visiting Zig-Zag View point, Thambi view point, Laxman Chok (a halt for coffee break), Nathang Valley view point, Old Baba Mandir (Bunker), Kupup Lake. From Kupup you will be travelling to Gangtok via Tsomgo Lake (Changu) and New Baba Mandir.
Day 5
Gangtok sight seeing. Evening at your leisure.
Day 6
After breakfast, transfer back to New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport. Your tour ends with a tons of memories for lifetime.
Silk Route with Darjeeling
Duration : 5 Nights 6 Days
Pickup from : New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport
Drop to : New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagodgra (IXB) Airport
Inclusions : Sightseeings , Pickup and Drop  All Meals  Accomodation 
Satisfaction Index : (4.5/5)
Day 1
Pickup from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport and transfer to Aritar. Enroute visit Aritar Helipad (Dalapchad Helipad Ground) and Aritar Lake (Lampokhari Lake). After lunch visit Aritar Monastry and Mankhim View point to enjoy the sunset and a bird's eye view to Aritar Lake.
Day 2
Aritar to Phadamchen. There will be a halt at Rongli to process the permit to enter the restricted area of East Sikkim. It is a good opportunity spend some time in shopping. After Rongli the stop will be at Que Khola (aka Keu Khola / Kui Khola) waterfalls.
Day 3
Phadamchen. One by one you will be visiting Zig-Zag View point, Thambi view point, Laxman Chok (a halt for coffee break), Nathang Valley view point, Old Baba Mandir (Bunker), Kupup Lake. From Kupup you will be travelling back to Phadamchen.
Day 4
Phadamchen to Darjeeling.
Day 5
Darjeeling sight seeing. Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Ghoom Monastry and mixed point. Evening at your leisure to enjoy the blissful Darjeeling evening.
Day 6
After breakfast, transfer back to New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Staion / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport. Your tour ends with a tons of memories for lifetime.
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