The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF!

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26th Jan 2017
Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! 1/1 by Akhil Verma

Sikkim had always been the dream destination. The state intrigued me with it's unusual terrains, beautiful people and magnificent vistas. Sikkim is a landlocked state and has three international borders i.e. for China, Nepal and Bhutan. This fact makes travelling to remote corners of Sikkim a bit tedious and expensive but believe me, it's all worth it.

Zuluk is an unorthodox destination in East Sikkim, it's a village with a population less than few hundreds. But those few hundreds are more than welcoming and most likely the kindest people you will meet on this planet.

How To Reach

One can directly reach Zuluk from Bagdogra airport and Jalpaiguri railway station through a 7-8 hour road trip but due to the unplanned nature of our vacation, we decided to go for Zuluk after we reached Gangtok. And that was a blessing in disguise. The road trip from Gangtok to Zuluk is roughly 100 kilometres and takes 4-5 hours based on the number of stops you take.

Permits

You need to have permits for Zuluk from the local authorities. These permits can be taken from the help of tour operators or hotel staff. The latter came in handy for us and our permits were ready for the very next morning. If you are planning to take your own car, you will need to spend more time in getting your permits.

Transport

From Gangtok, the only option available to us was hiring a private vehicle. No shared cabs, bus or government vehicles. You can get a private vehicle for this trip anywhere between 6,000 and 8,000 depending upon how good you are at negotiating and how much time you have. Although, it was bit expensive, I wouldn't have it any other way. I stopped the vehicle at a number of occasions because of the incredible views and that wouldn't have been possible in a shared cab.

Where To Stay

Zuluk has plenty of home stay options that range from 600 to 1000 per person. And it includes all three meals. I haven't seen any online options for booking these home stays other than Airbnb which I would highly recommend during season. As it was off season, we were able to get a nice home stay for two people at 800 per person without prior booking.

I believe I have shared all the information you will need to plan this trip and now I will let my pictures do the talking.

Kyongnosla - 10,682 ft.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Army camps at Kyongnosla.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

First frozen lake en route Zuluk: Tsomgo lake - 12,312 ft.

Photo of Tsongmo Lake, East Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Akhil Verma

Peace and calm.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Long walk along the circumference of the lake.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

The place where they want us to introspect.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

And stare into the cold nothingness.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Nature starts playing zig zag with us.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Virgin territory.

Photo of Elephant Lake, East Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Akhil Verma

Elephant lake, Kupup - 13,025 ft.

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These mountains are GOLD!

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

And the snow keeps getting dense.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Look, Kanchenjunga has come out to play.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

As Robert Frost said, the road less travelled.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Nature's version of 'Brownie Sundae'.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Into the WHITE.

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Baba Mandir - 13,120 ft.

Photo of Harbhajan Baba Mandir, Nathang Valley, Sikkim, India by Akhil Verma

I can never get enough of these views.

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Desktop wallpapers everywhere.

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Just point your camera and shoot. Anywhere.

Photo of Nathang Valley, Sikkim, India by Akhil Verma

Our driver could give models a run for their money.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Zig zag game reaches its epitome.

Photo of Thambi View Point, Dhupidara, East Sikkim, East Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Akhil Verma

Zuluk Loops: Thambi View Point - 11,200 ft.

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Zuluk village: The final destination.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Mt. Kanchenjunga in it's full glory.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Lunch time.

Photo of Zuluk, Sikkim, India by Akhil Verma

Angry dog of Zuluk.

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Chilled out dog of Zuluk.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Cute kids of Zuluk: Part I

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Cute kids of Zuluk: Part II

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Zuluk - 10000 ft.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Goodnight Zuluk.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Goodmorning Zuluk.

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Mornings are the best in Zuluk.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Make sure you wake up early.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

Goodbye Zuluk.

Photo of The Road Trip From Gangtok To Zuluk Is Stunning AF! by Akhil Verma

I am not an avid traveller but whatever my experience has been, I can honestly say this has been the best road trip of my life. Those 6 hours on the road are amongst the very best I have spent on this planet. Every single curve took me to an enchanting view that I had never seen before. I am pretty sure that on one of those stressful days back in Delhi, my mind will wander off to the beautiful locales of east Sikkim, looking for peace.

Do yourself a favour, and go on this road trip. You won't regret it.

Bye, now.

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Your Photo are beautiful, Actually it's just 2 day I've returned fr 13 days bike trip of Darjeeling-Sikkim Silk Route Trip. You must have taken bike on rent than you would get unlimited chance to capture photograph with lots of adrenaline.
Tue 12 26 17, 21:33 · Reply · Report
beautiful. during which months did you manage to visit Zuluk?
Wed 09 20 17, 03:55 · Reply · Report
Beautiful
Thu 07 06 17, 08:07 · Reply · Report
What is the best time to visit this place?
Tue 06 13 17, 11:16 · Reply · Report
Hi Akhil, can you please share the Drivers phone number thru FB Messenger.
Fri 03 10 17, 03:54 · Reply · Report
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