Over the past few decades, there were several trade routes which played a major role in contributing to the rise of international trades throughout the globe and most of them are unused and closed now. One such route was called the Silk Road which got tremendous historic reference. For over 1500 years, until the world sea lanes were opened in the 16th and 17th centuries, this route was utilized for trading different communities like tea, paper, porcelain, spices, medicinal herbs as they traded their way from Asia to Europe. A part of this route exists in the Sikkim district of India along the border of China. Popularly, this route is called the Old Silk Route and it has got some splendid views of Mt. Kanchandzongha and amazing landscapes during winter. If you’re a voracious traveler, you shouldn’t resist yourself from planning a week-long trip on this route.
If you’re someone who is looking forward to pay a visit to the old silk route of Sikkim, you’ve chosen nature’s paradise. The road will take you through some beautiful and offbeat places on earth. Make sure you know everything on Silk Route before you plan a trip to this destination. There are many places which a traveler can cover while on his way to the Silk Route.
As per some avid travelers, this can be an excellent trip! The amazing Zuluk Loops Padamchen, Gnathan Valley, Kupup Memencho Lake, the bends of Silk Route, Kanchenjunga from Thambi, old and new Baba Mandir, snowfall all over the road and the Sherathang and Tsomgo (Changu) lake are the must-visits when you plan to tread the Silk Route.
#2: Nathang Valley
The destinations that you get in East Sikkim are some of the marvellous creations of nature. The traveler’s route which starts from Lingtam and ends at Gangtok through the Silk Route is perhaps the highest point. Though people are not usually able to drive up to the Nathang Valley and then return, yet it is one of the best attractions. At different times of the year, Nathang Valley can be seen in various colours. During autumn, the grass dries up and looks golden. In the rainy season, it is covered with flowers and in winter it is buried in 5 feet snow.
Padamchen is perched at a height of 8000 ft and is covered with dense forests, it is a small and remote village which is 14 kms from Rongli and 4 kms from Zuluk. You get to experience a pleasant weather throughout the year and this makes it extremely popular. The biting cold and mesmerising sunrise makes this place extremely popular.
Towering above the village of Dalapchand is the splendid hilltop destination called Mankhim. This is located near the tourist spot Aritar, and this place offers tourists a breathtaking point to witness some of the most splendid sights and sounds of this place. You can also get a dazzling view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from this place.
#5: Aritar Lake
How about enjoying the aerial view of the Lampokhari Lake or Aritar Lake while returning from the Aritar Gumpha? This is undoubtedly one of the largest monasteries in Sikkim which are perched on the border of Tibet. Don’t forget to pay a visit to this place.
#6: Nathula Pass
At 14,000 feet and with freezing temperatures, it is an amazingly exciting feeling to climb to the peak of the pass. When you reach Nathula Pass, you will find the Chinese counterparts at a stone-throw distance and you can also see the Chinese bunkers on the side of Tibet. You can have momos and sip hot coffee at 14,000 feet to gather an experience of your lifetime.
#7: Four Lake Point
This is the meeting point of KupKup Lake, Green Lake and the Jorpokahri Lake and it offers an amazing view. From this place too you will be able to visit the clear peaks of Kanchenjunga and the snowfall during winter will definitely make this trip memorable for you.
#8: Changu Lake
Changu Lake during winter is a must-visit place for all tourists who travel to Gangtok. Changu Lake is a glacial lake located in East Sikkim, 40 km away from Gangtok. The chilled weather and the sunlight make the frozen lake look beautiful. Don’t forget to have magi noodles and take a yak ride when you reach Changu. The stone mark that you find opposite Changu Lake speaks about the importance of this place.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and plan your trip to Sikkim and Gangtok! But don’t forget to visit the Silk Route and the adjoining destinations if you want your trip to be etched in your memory forever.
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