The Old Silk Road – The India Branch

A branch of the old Silk Road (2000 years ago) passed over the mountains near Gangtok, and you can follow it still today. It’s the branch from China to India on the map below.

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from Wikipedia

The journey through Sikkim is spectacular, especially near Zuluk, where the road twists and turns on its climb  to Nathula pass at the border with China (Tibet):

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Image credit: Team BHP

 

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Image credit: silk-route.preview_Somnath_IndiaMike

 

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Image credit: TamuTour.

Looks like quite a journey, even today!

(images from Wikipedia, Team-BHP.com, an India Mike post, and Tamu Tours)

See the Sikkim Silk Route tourism site for some local destinations on the route.

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