Zuluk
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Brief

This place is relatively an emerging and off beat destination in the East Sikkim. Today it is fast emerging as a new tourist destination. It derives its tourism importance due to the excellent view of the eastern Himalayan mountain range including the Kanchenjunga.

Located in the slopes of the lower Himalayas, Zuluk is a quaint little town in the state of Sikkim. Cradled by the eastern Himalayas, the town is famous for being part of the famed silk route of ancient times. Located at a hill top, this hilly town is noted for its bending roads, many of which are hairpin bends and offer a picturesque view of the surrounding areas. Located at a height of around 3000 m from the sea level, this hamlet is an upcoming tourist destination in the north-eastern part of the county. While winter sees the area covered by snow, come monsoon and the terrain is decorated by a large number of colourful flowers.

Dzuluk or Zuluk or Jhuluk or Jaluk is a small hamlet located at a height of around 10,000 feet 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. Today it is fast emerging as a new tourist destination.

Bengali is the official language of the sate of West Bengal and is spoken by some of the residents. However, Nepali is the predominant language in Darjeeling. Other languages spoken here include Hindi, English and Tibetan.

 
Travel Tips

The best time to visit Zuluk is during the months between September and October. Just after the monsoon, the entire terrain gets decorated by a variety of colourful flowers and is a sight to behold. Carry light luggage as you will need to walk quite a bit. And remember to carry warm clothes as the temperature tends to be quite low all around the year.



When to visit

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sprinkles Very Cold
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Things to do

If you are planning a trip to Zuluk, there are several places for you to visit. He hamlet in the laps of the Himalayas itself is a sight to enjoy. The terrain offers a scenic vista of the surrounding mountains and the valleys below. However, it is the zigzagging roads that are all over the place which provides the tourists with the best view. The roads are at three levels, and each one of them is lined by mountainous trees. In all, there are 32 hairpin bends in the road.

The place also has several lakes and temples that you can pay a visit to. The Naga Temple is one of the popular tourist spots. While the temple is created in the shape of a cave, the presiding deity is King Cobra or Nag. Zuluk also provides a mesmerizing view of the sunrise over Mount Kanchenjunga. Lungthung, Padamchen, Kupup Lake, Nathang,Tukla Valley were once part of the silk route and are can be visited from Zuluk. While you are travelling along the picturesque terrain, do not be surprised if suddenly you catch a glimpse of a Himalayan Weasel, martin, Red Panda, or a pack of wild dogs.

 
Getting Around

The best way to explore Zuluk is on foot. Public transports are not available.

You can however rent a car or hire a taxi from one of the local car rental facilities.

 
Places to Stay

Hotels are not available in Zuluk. However, it is not difficult to find accommodations as there are quite a few paying guest situations available. Alternatively, you can also opt to stay in one of the cottages that is run by the local villagers.

There you have the option of either cooking your own food, or you can ask one of the villagers to supply you with food.

 
How to Reach

  • If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Bagdogra. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport.
  • The nearest important railway station is at New Jalpaiguri. The rail station at New Jalpaiguri is connected to the stations in Delhi and Kolkata, and via them to the other stations across the country. The fare for interstate travel will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 depending on the class you choose to travel in. If you are travelling within the state, the fare will be somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.300. You can book your tickets from sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com.
  • There are direct car routes between New Jalpaiguri and Zuluk. You can get up on a taxi or a jeep from any of the nearby important towns which will take you directly to the hill station here. Cars are the only mode of vehicles that can take you all the way to Zuluk. Alternately you can take a bus from Jalpaiguri to Rongli, and from Rongli take a car to get to Zuluk. Another option is to stay overnight at Aritar, and then proceed directly to Zuluk.

 
Surrounding Attractions

There are quite a number of places of tourist interest within close distance of Zuluk. Thambi View Point is quite nearby.

From here, you can get an excellent view of the Eastern Himalayas. Luntung is a few kilometers ahead and offers an exquisite view of the Kanchenjunga. Kalpokhri Lake is a beautiful lake that you can make a trip to. Kupup Lake is also quite nearby. It is known for its elephant-like shape. There is also the world’s highest golf course here. Adi Baba Mandir is one of the famous temples of the region.

 
Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102