Silk route-------the paradise of Sikkim

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I think most of you know the place Old Silk Route.I was unknown of this place Some close sources of me told me about this place and its beauty but until and unless one visits that place one will not feel the essence of the natural beauty of that place.

Old Silk Route is very famous is very famous route in Sikkim. Before visiting the place you should khow about Old Silk Route.The Old Silk Route in Sikkim is an offshoot of the ancient and Historic Route, which was once a large network of trade avenues. This road had been part and parcel of a cultural amalgamation that encompassed various regions of Asia and connected the East and West of India, China, and Pakistan across the Mediterranean Sea. The part, which passes through Sikkim, connects China and India via the Lhasa, Nathu La, and Jelep La Pass and reaches Tamralipta (now Tamluk) in West Bengal. From here, this road connects to the sea in the east. It is believed that this road chanced upon traders in the First Century AD itself! The road extends to more than 6,500 kilometres and was once used for excessive trade of gold, copper, cotton, sugar, salt, tea, and horses. Did you know this is the first information superhighway in the world? The next time you make a Silk Route Sikkim tour plan don’t forget to relish the beauty of the roads that have been witness to perhaps over millions of trade deals.

I had got a chance to visit this place and was lucky to find the hidden treasure of Sikkim.we, a group of fifteen made an itinery of 5 night and 6 days trip.The itinery as follows.

1)1nite Ichegaon

2)1 nite Reshikhola

3)1 nite Zuluk

4)1 nite Nthang

5) 1 nite Mankhim.

Some of my close friends suggested not to stay at Reshikhola but to stay either Sillerygaon or Ramdhura as the scenic beauty is much better than Reshikhola but however we decided to keep our plan unchanged and boarded our train on 11th March,2017 night.We reached New Jaipaiguri in the next morning.

There were three cars booked for us and we boarded our cars and headed towards our destination.We had our breakfast in Sevok road and reached Ichegaon,our first stay at around 3pm.Ichegaon is 5800feet .It is in Kalimpong district.You can see Delo park on way to Ichegaon.There is a beautiful hilltop name Tinchuley near Ichegaon which offers a panoramic view of Mt . Kanchenjungha.You can drive to the hilltop or you can trek.We personally preffered trekking.It was not so must steep so you can easily trek.The view was excellent over the top.There are other two places name Ramitey Dara and Nathula.

Next our destination was Reshikhola.First I will say whatever my fiends told me about this place was completely wrong.It is such a beautiful and serene place one can hardly imagine.The beautiful Reshikhola is flowing and its cold,clear waters would make you sit alone for hours.You can trek in the forests surrounding or you can go for fishing in the waters of Reshi river.Reshikhola is just 37kms from Kalimpong and very near to Pedong.The place falls between West Bengal and Sikkim creating a division between two states.Reshikhola is considered to be the part of travel route where caravans used to stop for water.

So after spending one night at Reshikhola we started our journey the next morning for Zuluk.Zuluk is a place in the rugged terrain of lower Himalayas in East Sikkim.You can explore Nthang Valley,Kupup Lake,Tukla Valley and Tsongmo Lake from here.We had a plan to explore to all these places but unfortunately we faced heavy rainfall at night in Zuluk due to which Nthang and other sightseeing spots were cancelled due to heavy snow.The roads that lead to Nthang and other sopts were covered with snow and for that we have to change our plan.We went down to Rongli for our one night stay.

Rongli is a small town in East Sikkim.Its the second route perhaps the oldest route way to reach Kupup Lake and Nathula in North Sikkim.Its a busy town with lots of shops to go market.You can stay for one night to experience Rongli town.

Our last destination was Mankhim. Mankhim is the hilltop adjacent to the popular destination of Aritar, in the village of Dalapchand under the Rongli Sub-Division of Eastern Sikkim. Mankhim offers a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the emerald green “boot-shaped” Lampokhri Lake at the same time – this incredible view is not available from Aritar. In Mankhim, there is a small temple on the hilltop, a few homestays and a monastery, just a walk away.We visited Lampokhri lake or Aritar Lake which is the famous tourist spot in Mankhim.The lake is just awesome.The waters are clear.There are greeneries all around.There is a small temple just beside the lake. The temple of Mankhim is steeped in history as it belongs to the medieval Hindu cult known as Rai, which believed to have originated in the Maity village. Upon visiting the temple, tourists can get an unhindered view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The resplendence of the mountains is also mirrored in the rippling waters of the Mulkarkha Lake, which can be reached by a trek from the region.The day when we reached Mankhim the weather was very bad.It was cloudy and we couldn’t able to see the clear view of Kanchenjungha and other hills.The clarity was not there.It was dull all around.

So all total our trip was satisfactory and i was really lucky to experience such beautiful places in Sikkim.For those who havent experience this places i will request you to visit at least once.

WHERE TO STAY-ICCHEGAON—MARIGOLD HOME STAY-09679685022(Laxman Bhujal)

RESHIKHOLA—RESHIKHOLA NATURE CLUB-09932744407(MR. SEBASTIAN)

ZULUK——–SNOW LION HOMESTAY-08101827279

SOURJOUN HOMESTAY-09903295920

NATHANG VALLEY—–NATHANG RESIDENCY-09434854141

SUNSET HOMESTAY-09476298184

RONGLI————MANGALDEEP RESORT-9933873291,9832352181(DILIP PRADHAN)

MANKHIM———SHANTI KUNJ HOMESTAY-9733031792
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Welcome to IndiaMike, jhulan05

Very useful report! Why don't you illustrate it with some of your fabulous pics? I really liked the ones you posted in the images gallery.
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Thnks a lot.Infact I also want to give image but as I am new to India Mike I have noticed the image option a bit complicated.So thats why I only penned down.
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Originally Posted by jhulan05 View Post Thnks a lot.Infact I also want to give image but as I am new to India Mike I have noticed the image option a bit complicated.So thats why I only penned down.
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