Sikkim Tourism | Nathu La Pass Tourism

Nathula is a mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

Information About Nathula Pass

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Place :

Nathula Pass, Sikkim

Altitude(avg):

4,310 m

Rainfall(avg):

2699 mm annually

Temp :

  • Summer: 15 °C
  • Winter: -25 °C

Significance :

A Pass located near India China border in Sikkim

Best Season :

March-Early June,Mid Sept-December

Language :

Gorkha, Hindi, Bengali and English

Currency :

Indian Rupee()

Clothing :

  • Summer: Moderate Woolens
  • Winter : Very Heavy Woolens

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Nathula Pass: An Offshoot of the Historical Route

Adorned with pristine white snow most of the year, Nathu La pass, a mountainous region snuggles is an international border shared by India and China. It is based 54 kilometers east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and 430 kilometers from Lhasa in Tibet. The Nathu la region is bestowed with the beauty of God's divine artistry. The region is replete with snow clad peaks and numerous magnificent lakes. Established amid the lofty mountains, the fenced border presents a breathtaking backdrop that one can cherish throughout one's entire lifetime.

A Glance at Some Facts about Nathu La

Nathu La pass was one of the most important routes of trade between the silk traders from Tibet and Sikkim until it was closed in 1962. The Old Silk route adjoins China's Autonomous Region Tibet and Sikkim. It is located at an altitude of 14,45o ft and it is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Presently only the National Tourists are allowed to visit the international border. It is richly surrounded by alpine flora.

Introducing Nathu La Pass: An Ancient Branch of Silk Route

Embellished with pristine white snow most of the year, Nathu La pass is an offshoot of the ancient Silk Route. It is based at an altitude of 14,450 ft above sea level, 54 kilometers east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and 430 kilometers from Lhasa in Tibet. It is a mountainous region that links India and China by one of the most scenic and highest motorable roads in the world which winds its way through the rugged landscape and crosses a glacial lake called Tsomgo Lake.

On the way to Nathu la, you will come across the place called Thegu which has an ATM, the highest altitude ATM in the world. It operates with a special fuel that does not freeze in the high altitude. A nearby place is Sherathang which maintains a well-developed shopping mart and India's highest internet café. Close to it is another place called Kupup, which has the second highest golf course in the world.

Nathu la region is bestowed with the beauty of God's divine artistry. The region is replete with snow clad peaks and numerous magnificent lakes. Established amid the lofty mountains, the fenced border presents a breathtaking backdrop that one can cherish throughout one's entire lifetime. Nathu La is richly surrounded by alpine flora and fauna. On a clear day, you can see the entire pass and the landscape with towering mountain peaks in the background.

Nathu La pass was one of the most important routes of trade between the silk traders from Tibet and Sikkim until it was closed in 1962.

Other adjoining areas of Nathu La region to witness the perfect backdrop are: Tsomgo Lake, Menmencho Lake, Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, Gnathang Valley, and Kupup.

When to Visit Nathu La

The best time to take Nathu La pass is from May to October when the temperature hovers around 10 to 15degrees. You won't get any snow during this time.

The heavy snowfall occurs during winter which starts from November and peaks from December to February and the temperature can easily go below -25 degree Celsius. You can get snow from Mid-December until third week of April.

Hello, Pilgrims! Please Note that Nathu La is an international border and a protected area. Only Indian Nationals are allowed here. You require a valid protected area permit to visit Nathu La which is issued by Sikkim Tourism Department in Gangtok.

How to Reach Nathula pass From Gangtok

Reaching Nathula By road

Nathula Pass is located 54 km east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. The only way to reach the pass is through a drive from Gangtok. Vehicles such as Innova, Bolero, and Scorpio are available for rent in Gangtok. You can also share a cab till Nathula Pass with other tourists. The road from Gangtok to Nathula Pass is steep and slippery. It is decently maintained, except in a few places.

Reaching Nathula By Train

New Jalpaiguri Railway (NJP) station is nearest railway station located near Nathula pass.From Njp Railway Station you can hire shared or dedicated cab for Gangtok from where Nathula pass is 54 Kms.Travelers who want to visit Nathula pass have to make night halt at Gangtok and submit their Document of Indian citizenship prior one day in advance for issue of Nathula Pass which are issued in limited numbers due to sensitive border area.Pass are based on lottery system so there is no surety of pass even after formal request submission. It take about 3 hours to travel from Gangtok to Nathula Pass.

Reaching Nathula By Air

The nearest Airport from Nathula Pass is Bagdogra With Airport IXB, which is approximately 178 km from Nathula Pass, is the nearest airport.Travelers who want to visit Nathula pass have to make night halt at Gangtok and submit their Document of Indian citizenship prior one day in advance for issue of Nathula Pass which are issued in limited numbers due to sensitive border area.Pass are based on lottery system so there is no surety of pass even after formal request submission. It take about 3 hours to travel from Gangtok to Nathula Pass.

Dream Trip Nathu La Tour Planning

Nathu La is profusely blessed with the captivating backdrop and some grandiose lakes. Basically,Nathula Pass visiting days will conceive an enchanting experience in one's life. So, if you want to fall under the spell of bewitching beauty, Nathula tour Package will be an ideal choice.

Here, we have exquisitely designed a schedule keeping in mind all your travel requirements. We facilitate the following for your delightful trip:

  • Ticket booking for vehicles (nearest airport/ railway station)
  • Resorts/ Hotel reservations
  • Jeep Reservations (Gangtok to Nathula)
  • We also organize your Nathu La Tour permit.

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Nathula Pass, Nathula Sikkim

Nathula Pass, Sikkim

About Nathula Pass, Sikkim

Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m (14,140 ft) above mean sea level,forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan.On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Only citizens of India can visit the pass, and then only after obtaining a permit in Gangtok.

Nathu La is one of the three open trading border posts between China and India; the others are Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh (or Lipulech) at the trisection point of Uttarakhand–India, Nepal and China.[3] Sealed by India after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 following numerous bilateral trade agreements. The opening of the pass shortens the travel distance to important Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the region and was expected to bolster the economy of the region by playing a key role in the growing Sino-Indian trade. However, trade is limited to specific types of goods and to specific days of the week.

Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Sikkim

Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim

About Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim

Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake is a glacial lake in Sikkim and located at an altitude of 12,310 feet. The name Tsomgo means 'Source of water'. It's located 35kms from Gangtok town and on the steep route known as Jawaharlal Nehru Road which leads all the way to Nathula Pass.The lake is associated with many myths and legends and is revered by the Sikkimese as sacred. It is believed that in olden times, Buddhist monks would study the colour of the water of the lake to forecast the future.

The lake is also of special significance for the Jhakris [faith healers] of Sikkim who congregate here annually on Guru Purnima, which coincides with the festival of Raksha Bandhan, from all over the state to offer prayers This is one of the few and awesome high altitude lakes in India. The lake becomes doubly attractive with the reflections of the surrounding hills on the water. From Gangtok which is at 5410 ft, the altitude rises to about 10,000 ft in just 15kms. You can imagine how steep the gradient would be on this stretch of the road

Baba Mandir, Nathula Sikkim

Baba Mandir,Sikkim

Baba Mandir,Sikkim

Captain "Baba" Harbhajan Singh (30 August 1946 – 4 October 1968)[1] was an Indian army soldier. He is revered as the "Hero of Nathula" by soldiers of the Indian army, who built a shrine in his honour. He was accorded the status of saint by believers who refer to him as the "Baba" (saintly father). Many of his faithful - chiefly Indian army personnel posted in and around the Nathula Pass and the Sino-Indian border between the state of Sikkim and Chinese-occupied Tibet - have come to believe his spirit protects every soldier in the inhospitable high-altitude terrain of the Eastern Himalayas. As with most saints, the Baba is believed to grant favours to those who revere and worship him.

There is a touching story associated with this temple. Harbhajan Singh was a Sentry of Punjab Regiment and was posted here as part of border patrol force. The border with China is nearby. In October 1968 he disappeared. It is said that while escorting mules carrying provisions, he fell into a stream and drowned. After a few days he reappeared in the dreams of one of his sentry colleagues and asked him to make a memorial here on his name. The sentries then made a samadhi and later this temple was built. Although Harbhajan Sing is no more, the sentries and guards here believe that his spirit is still alive and he is therefore treated as a living being. They all believe that Harbhajan will guard and protect them in this very difficult terrain. In fact there has been reports that Chinese soldiers across the border having seen a turbaned sentry doing his rounds at night. Many sentries here believe that Harbhajan comes here every night as his camp bed sheet gets crumpled every morning and his polished shoes turn muddy by the evening.