Padamchen is a small village on the ancient Old Silk Route circuit just 14 kms. from Rongli and 4 kms from Zuluk. The pleasant weather throughout the year and this is one of the main reasons for its popularity among tourist undertaking Silk Route. Our Padamchen Homestays is the best with all modern amenities.
Padamchen is at an elevation of 8000 ft and covered in dense Alpine forests, Padamchen is a small village on the Silk Route circuit just 14 kms. from Rongli and 4 kms from Zuluk. Also referred to as lower Zuluk. Padamchen experiences a pleasant weather throughout the year and this is one of the main reasons for its popularity among tourist undertaking Silk Route. If you are weary of extreme cold and snowfall but want to experience the spectacular sunrise, excellent views of the Kanchenjunga and other peaks and winding roads and valleys of this old Silk Route circuit, then certainly staying at Padamchen is for you. Padamchen commands some of the best views of the valleys and forests of this part of Sikkim and Himalayan foothills. In the forests around Padamchen a wide variety of bird population is found and is a bird watchers delight. From our homestay in Padamchen balcony you can experience the early morning sunrise.
Activities in Padamchen
Dense forests surrounding Padamchen is home to a huge bird population like Laughing thrushes, Fulvettas, Honey Buzzards, Steppe Eagles, Babblers, Tits, Wrens and others. If you venture deeper regions of the forest occasional visitors like Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda and Mountain Leopards can be sighted. Staying at homestay in Padamchen, you can go to watch the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha range from Thambi View Point (around 18 kms away) at 11,200 feet. Kuikhola falls is just a few minutes drive from Padamchen. In between October and March when temperature is biting cold in upper areas like Zuluk and Gnathang Valley tourists prefer to stay our Padamchen homestay and explore the upper areas till the roads are motorable and not closed due to snowfall.
Our homestay at Padamchen is located just 100 meters above the forest check-post. It is a two-storied building built along the slope. The entrance to the main levels is just below the parking area. The first level has 5 rooms with an open dining space which overlooks a balcony. The second level has 4 rooms with a common large balcony as well. It is a modern contemporary building with all modern amenities like attached western type toilets, 24 hour running water, Geysers and room heaters. I can be called a modern hotel in the sense of the word minus the bell boys and waiters, but our homely atmosphere and staying with a local family, experiencing their culture and food will be an additional bonus.
Our Padamchen homestay is located at an altitude of 8000 ft. Since other places on the SIlk route, like Zuluk, Gnathang, Kupup, etc are located at higher altitudes (12,000 ft and above) where it is difficult to get amenities like geyser, etc, and there is likely to be water problems, Padamchen is a better base for tourists since these amenities are available here. Since Rongli town has the closest medical facilities, it is also safer to stay at Padamchen, especially for senior tourists.
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