East Sikkim Places To Visit With a Complete Tour Guide Plan

East Sikkim Places To Visit With a Complete Tour Guide Plan

Tour Guide Plan For East Sikkim

The district of East Sikkim covers a total area of 954 sq. km with a total population of 1,78,452 and density of 187 per sq/km.

East Sikkim district majorly occupies the south-east corner of Sikkim. The eastern zone is bounded by China and Bhutan on the eastern side which is one major reason for the extended security practices in these areas. The total area of East Sikkim is about 954 sq.km. The headquarters of East Sikkim is Gangtok which also happens to be the capital of the state. The main administrative activities in the district are carried out in Gangtok itself. Tourism is one of the backbones of East Sikkim as there are many popular sightseeing places in the Eastern district which has guests rushing in throughout the year.

For most visitors, East Sikkim is just about the lively capital, Gangtok but there are other places inside East Sikkim which are no less attractive. Some of the most popular tourist locations here happen to be Rumtek, Nathula Pass, Tsomgo lake, Tukla Valley, Zuluk (part of the historic Silk Route), Jelep La pass and other places like Rangpo and Mankhim. There really are some important monasteries and temples in the district which are of great cultural importance. Besides the world famous Rumtek monastery, there also is another historical and about 300 year’s old Enchey monastery. In this write up we have covered east Sikkim tourist places, how to reach, weather information in Zuluk and best time to visit. Take a look

List of towns in East Sikkim

  • Gangtok
  • Pelling
  • Lachung.
  • Lachen.
  • Namchi.
  • Ravangla.

East Sikkim Point of Interest


It is located in the high altitude of the Eastern Sikkim at around 10,100 feet over the rugged terrain of the Himalaya. Zuluk is a relatively new tourist location added in the tourist destinations of the East Sikkim. It is a small village which has winding roads and it is also the only high altitude village in the East Sikkim as most of the high altitude snowy places are situated in the Northern Sikkim which is relatively far from the main capital of Gangtok.

Zuluk is a rugged terrain with snake-like winding roads which are covered in snow due to its high altitude and one of the few places in East Sikkim where it actually snows. It is the road to Nathang Valley, Kupup and Tsomgo Lake where one can experience high altitude mountains and lake without traveling to North Sikkim, which is quite far from the major attractions or major cities in Sikkim.

How to reach Zuluk from these major towns?

  • From Gangtok – It is about 90 km apart and takes about 4 hours of a road journey.
  • From NJP / Bagdogra – It is about 160 km apart and takes about 6 hours of road journey
  • From Kalimpong – It is about 90 km apart and takes about 3.5 hours of a road journey.
  • From Pelling – It is about 150 km apart and takes about 7 hours of a road journey.
  • From Darjeeling – It is about 140 km apart and takes about 5 hours of a road journey.
  • From Siliguri – It is about 38 km apart and takes about 4:50 hours of a road journey.

Note: It is not necessary to book a car hire from Sikkim itself when traveling to Zuluk. You can contact tour operators in Siliguri for a reliable car rental service in Siliguri. Some travel agency in Siliguri may also provide budget Sikkim packages along with the car booking in Siliguri.

Does visiting Zuluk Require a Permit?

The visit to Zuluk is mainly done through East Sikkim tour operators who can arrange for your permits if inquired a day prior to your actual visit. The permits are also available from Gangtok and Rangli. Certain Sikkim Gangtok package is also inclusive of Zuluk due to the recent popularity of Zuluk. The East Sikkim tour from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim can also be done with the reliable Sikkim Tour Packages with Eastern India Holidays. The permits are required and must be taken through any of the registered tour operators of Sikkim.

Best time to visit Zuluk

August to September: During these months, Zuluk is naturally decorated with a riot of colorful wildflowers. It is the best time to visit if snow is not your priority and you want o see the hill town in its most colorful attire.

January to April: During these cold months, high altitude Zuluk is often covered in snow. That is also the main reason for the tourist from the plains comes here for.

Note: Avoid traveling during the rainy season of May to July as it is usually foggy and the weather is damp and unpredictable causing a lot of trouble.

Incredible Places to visit in Zuluk

  • The pics of Zuluk on the internet are filled with whirling roads covered in snow and it has around 32 hairpin turns on the way to Lungthang which in itself is something that the tourist normally likes to visit in Zuluk. The roads are an engineering excellence which also makes a good selfie spot.


  • The local Nag temple here is also visited by tourist. Nag is actually a Hindu mythological snake god and the temple is a cave-like structure in humble dedication to the deity of Nag or the Snake God.


  • Another great attraction in Zuluk is the view of the sunrise from Thambi viewpoint at an altitude of 11,200 ft. The view of the sunrise from the viewpoint over Mt. Kanchenjunga is a splendid experience you cannot afford to miss while in Zuluk. The snow-clad peak of Mt. Kanchenjunga when hit by the dim glittering rays of the rising sun slowly changes from crimson to golden and then finally silver.


  • While at Zuluk you can also cover Kupup Lake, Lungthung, Nathang, Padamchen Tukla Valley and other beautiful spots in the Silk Route circuits.


  • Zuluk is rich in a high diversity of Himalayan fauna and you can a walk here to view some of the unique fauna seen in this part of Sikkim.


  • Zuluk also shelters a variety of birds like Blood Pheasant, Monal Pheasant, Khaleez Pheasant and Snow Pheasant which are some beautiful and rare variety of birds.


  • Sightseeing of rare animals like Red Panda, Himalayan Weasel or A Martin, wild dogs and deer in the Zuluk hills have also been recorded.


The Zuluk and its windy swirling roads are at its best when covered in white snow. The hill is totally covered in white snow and looks like a snow-clad mountain peak from far. It makes it a peaceful destination which can be visited without the trouble of traveling to North Sikkim. The Snowing normally starts usually from December and the snowfall gets heavier from January and stays till April-end.

East Sikkim Places To Visit With a Complete Tour Guide Plan
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East Sikkim Places To Visit With a Complete Tour Guide Plan
Experience east Sikkim, it's never too late for your next vacation. A complete tour guide plan, * best places to visit * Weather * Route guide plan and last but not the least the Zuluk, the abode of peace.
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