Situated at an impressive height of 13,000 feet, the town of Kupup offers breathtaking views of the renowned Elephant Lake, named for its resemblance to an elephant. Once a prominent stop along the historic Silk Route between India and Tibet, Kupup remains a must-visit destination for travelers venturing through the Old Silk Route to Dzuluk and Jelep La Pass. Just before reaching the famous Baba Mandir, another popular tourist spot in Sikkim, lies this enchanting town that is truly beyond words. Kupup is a heavenly paradise, nestled near the Indo-China border, and has always been a source of joy for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. If you plan to explore the Old Silk Route, make sure to include a visit to this idyllic haven in your itinerary.
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At an impressive elevation of 13,025 feet, the Yak Golf Course holds the title of the World’s highest Golf Course according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Established in 1972, the course underwent its first makeover in 1979 under the guidance of Brigadier J M Singh. It was later completed as an 18-hole Golf Course by Brigadier Ranbir Singh and Col. T K Murali. Affiliated with the Indian Golf Union (IGU) since 1985, this 6,025-yard course offers fairways that wind across natural mountain streams and lakes.
Jelep La, a majestic mountain range standing at 13,999 feet, connects Lhasa to India. Nestled between India and Tibet in the eastern part of Sikkim, this pass is a scenic wonder and a popular destination for tourists. The name Jelep La, derived from Tibetan, translates to “the beautiful mountain pass,” perfectly capturing its awe-inspiring beauty.
Menmecho Lake, a serene mountain lake located in East Sikkim, India, lies en route to the Jelepla Pass, just 20 kilometers (12 minutes) ahead of Lake Tsomgo. Serving as the source of the Rangpo chu river, a tributary of the Teesta River, this lake’s waters are supplied by melting snow during summer and rainwater during the monsoon season.
Baba Mandir holds a special place among the renowned sights of Sikkim. This temple is dedicated to “Baba” Harbhajan Singh, an Indian Army soldier who passed away near the Nathula Pass in eastern Sikkim, India. Two shrines have been built to honor Baba Harbhajan Singh. The old shrine stands at the site of the bunker where Baba Harbhajan was posted during his service, while the new temple is located near Changu Lake.
Along the Silk Route, amidst the high-altitude lakes, one of the most captivating is Kupup Lake. Also known as Bitan Cho, this sacred lake is nestled among towering mountains and valleys. With its striking resemblance to an elephant, it has earned the nickname “Elephant Lake.” Kupup Lake remains frozen from January to mid-May and is partially covered in ice from October to December. From April to July, the lake is adorned with a colorful array of blossoms. Throughout most of the year, Kupup Lake boasts a sparkling climate.
Kupup Lake is located 62 kilometers away from Gangtok, and the journey via Jawaharlal Nehru Street takes approximately 2.5 hours. The Tukla Valley is a mere 6 from Lake Memencho, while the new Baba Mandir is also 6 kilometers away. The Tukla Valley is approximately 11 kilometers from the Jelep La Pass.
Due to heavy snowfall, Kupup Lake, Tukla Valley, and Jelep La Pass remain closed from January until the end of April. The months of May and June offer the most pleasant weather, with a vibrant floral carpet covering the entire region, including the famous rhododendrons. Monsoon season is not ideal for trekking, but summers and autumn (October – November) are beautiful and suitable for outdoor adventures.So, start on an exploration of this charming village in all its glory. The captivating beauty of Kupup is bound to leave you spellbound!
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