The old Silk Route is an ancient hilly-road that went through Lhasa in Tibet via the Jelep La Pass to India. A part of this territory is now in East Sikkim and West Bengal. The old Silk route is the rare confluence of natural beauty and history of human civilization.
This Old Route Sikkim trip starts from Sillery Gaon, which is a small village near Pedong in Kalimpong district of West Bengal. Located at an altitude of 6,000 fts, this place provides an immaculate view of the Khangchendzonga and its mountain ranges.
While here, you can go to Tinchuley view point which is a steep uphill hike and voila; you have a panoramic view of Mt. Khangchendzonga from this point. You can even see Nathula and Jelep La pass from up here. Damsang fort is an old ruined fort where you can hike to and it serves as a great place for bird watching during summer and spring months. From Ramitey view point, you can easily spot the 14 bends of the Teesta River and also see the confluence point of Reshi and Teesta river.
Located at the edge of the Himalayas, Aritar is a town which is located in the Eastern part of Sikkim. It's an offbeat destination in Sikkim, but it has some hidden gems such as Aritar Lake, Lampokhari lake and Aritar Gompa. The journey to the “old silk route” starts from Aritar.
Zuluk is a small village located at an altitude of 10,000 fts in the Eastern Sikkim district flanked by the Lesser Himalayas. It is one of the most offbeat and upcoming tourist destinations in the state of Sikkim. There are 32 hair pins, famously known as the zigzag road of Sikkim. There are several viewpoints from where you can see the entire Sikkim Silk Route.
On the way from Zuluk to Gangtok, visit Thambi View Point, Lungthong, Kalipokhri Lake, Old Baba Mandir, Nathang Valley, Menmecho Lake, Elephant Lake or Hati Lake, Kupup, Jelep-la.
Changu/Tsomgo Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district around 40kms from the capital Gangtok. It is one of the highest glacial lakes in the world with a height of almost 3,753 mts. This lake remains frozen for almost throughout the year. You can enjoy a Yak ride while here and there is also a Shiva Temple which is located here which is considered sacred by the locals. You can also try out a local cable car ride here which will offer you a panoramic view of the lake and surroundings from a vantage point.
“Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir” is a temple made to honour Late Indian Soldier Harbhajan Singh. He was martyred in 1968 near Nathula, which is near Eastern Sikkim. There are many legends about him, some of which state that his soul protects the Indian army contingent near the place and warns them about impending danger. There is a holy shrine which draws many people and people get their wishes granted here.
Sikkim - the land of astounding natural beauty, interesting culture, and food, is a charming place for all type of travellers around the world. Blessed with the captivating vistas of Mt. Kanchendzonga ...