Silk Road or Silk Route refers to an ancient trade routes network that connects all three Asia, Europe and Africa extending more than 6500kms, used mainly to transport Chinese Silk to Europe through Central Asia from 2nd century BC. Many trade routes that exist in both land and sea connected the main Silk Route and traded in different assets ranging from salt to gold. Silk Route’s greatest addition to world history was not mere trading of few commodities but exchange art, science and ideas between Asia, Europe and Africa and is known as the first information superhighway of the world.
The Silk route of the state is an outgrowth of an ancient trade route from Tamluk that took the route of the sea and reached Sri Lanka, Bali, Java and other places of Far East. Part of the old silk route through Bhutan, West Bengal and East Sikkim was quite less travelled but is discovered by early traders at the age of First Century AD.
South West Silk Route linked Tibet to the Yunan Province of China and finally to India till Afghanistan where silk was not the most treasured item traded but horses, tea with sugar, salt, copper, and cotton are also traded in some parts of Central Asia with the help of horse caravans so this route is named as Dianzang Chama Gudao by the Chinese.
He famous British Army Explorer Sir Francis Edward Younghusband led a successful mission through Nathu La to capture Lhasa travelling through much of the present North and East Sikkim’s silk Route corridor to enter Tibet with his troops in our modern history of the South West Silk route. Without him the topic of Silk Route would remain incomplete.
Essence of Silk Route
Destinations covered: Sillery Gaon - Zuluk -Nathang Valley - Kupup - Aritar Lake - Reshikhola.
Duration: 5 days
Best Season to visit: February to May & October to December
On arrival at Njp station / Bagdogra airport transfer to Sillory gaon(6000 Feet) – "the gateway of old silk route". On arrival check-in at
a village camp / home stay .Hot lunch would be served. Afternoon short trek to Ramitey view point to experience the breathtaking view Mount Kanchenjunga. Return to
camp at evening .Dinner & Over night stay at Sillery gaon.
Wake up early to enjoy the spectacular sunrise on the Himalayan ranges visible from your camp/ cottage.After breakfast drive to Zuluk. On the way permit at Rongli and sightseeing of Lampokhri lake and enjoy boating(own cost).Also visit Lingtam, Kuikhola Waterfalls, Padamchen . On arrival check-in at the designated home stay & rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Zuluk /Padamchem home stay.
Early morning start for Sunrise at 04:00 am for Lungthung Sunrise point and after sunrise come back to hotel for the breakfast . After breakfast checkout and depart for Nathang Valley.On the way stopover at Thambi View point to enjoy natural beauty and continue on the famous zig zag serpentine road and then arrive at Nathang (13500 feet) and check in at guest house/home stay. Enjoy hot lunch in your room. Post lunch sightseeing of Tukla Valley, Kalapokhari, old Baba Mandir, Jelep-la Pass View and finally reach Kupup 13900 feet (haati – elephant lake ). Kupup is a part of the historical old silk route and traces of the track are visible. An environmental park is being developed here. There is also an ice hockey field and the highest cool water polo ground. The yak golf course is the highest golf course in the world at 13025 ft. And is recognized by the guinness book of world records. Cups of hot tea energize the travelers. Lhasa capital town of Tibet is about 500 kms from Kupup. Return to hotel & Nightstay at Nathang.
Start for an early morning and depart for Aritar.Visit Lampokhari (Aritar lake)& Aritar Bunglow. Afternoon arrive at Reshi khola and check in in at Home stay. Refreshing lunch would be served and relax for a while . Enjoy evening tea with snacks at the riverside and enjoy the music of Reshi river. Dinner would be served in room.Night halt at Reshi khola.
Enjoy the morning on the river bed of Reshikhola by indulging your self in the thrill of bathing in icy cold water or angling in the clear blue waters of Reshi river. Late breakfast & transfer to Njp rly stn / Bagdogra airport for return to Home. End of tour.
Note: return in Day 5 one can visit Dello hill or Kalimpong if time permits.