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About Nathu La Pass

One of the major attractions near Gangtok, Nathu La Pass is located at an altitude of 4309 metres. Located 54 Km east of Gangtok, It is freezing, chilling and utterly mesmerising. This mountain pass connects Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Seeing the fenced Indo-China border, patriotic feeling arises in you. You can see the soldiers of both countries guarding the border area under extreme weather conditions. The snow-clad mountains of Nathula Pass present a breathtaking view that you would want to freeze in your memory. There is an engraved stone called 'Nehru Stone' that marks the arrival of Jawaharlal Nehru to this place in 1958. A permit is required to visit this place which can be availed from Sikkim Tourist Department at Gangtok. Private vehicles and taxis are prohibited to enter Nathula pass. You have to take a stairway from the parking area to experience the thrill of this place.

Historical Context: Nathula Pass used to be an important trading border through which the famous Silk Route operated till 1962. It re-opened in 2006 for various bilateral agreements.
Pro Tip: A paid permit is needed to visit Nathu La Pass.You must carry your Identity card and two passport size photographs as they are required while taking permit.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon
  • Facilities Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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