Nathula Pass, Gangtok

Nathula Pass

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About Nathula Pass (Offbeat Attraction)

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Nathula Pass, located at a distance of 56 km from Gangtok, is a pass on the Indo-Chinese border. Serving as a trade link between India and China, this park also once served as the main access for Sikkim-Tibet trade. Popularly known as the Silk Route, this pass is at an elevation of 14,450 feet and is rich in diverse alpine flora and fauna. The Nathula Pass is divided into terms 'Nathu' and 'La', which mean 'listening ears' and 'pass' respectively.

The trade route was closed down in 1961, as a result of the war between India and China. However, in 2006, the trade between the two countries resumed again after conciliation. Passing the Tsomgo Lake on its way, this pass is one of the highest motorable roads in entire India. Covered with snow for most parts of the year, a special permit is required to visit this pass.

At present, tourists are permitted to visit the pass on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition, the Nathula Pass also reduces the travelling distance to some of the major Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites such as Lhasa and Mansarovar Lake.

This pass is also amongst three border posts that connect China and India. The other two border posts are Shipkila (Himachal Pradesh) and Lipulekh (Uttarakhand).

What travellers are saying about Nathula Pass

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  • Good 7
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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156 traveller reviews for Nathula Pass

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Jaffar khan

  • Tourist
  • Jaffar khan
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  100 readers

"Adventures, Scenic and Nature."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
An hour and half drive from city, mountain road and valley of 1000 ft. Mountains covered with snow and long trees. After this you see the iconic indochina border.
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Nilab Tripathy

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  • Nilab Tripathy
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 34 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1810 readers

"My First Trek into the mountains - An Awesome One!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
You have to book a cab which takes around 700 - 800 rupees and go on a roller coaster ride. The roads, the view and the army camps throughout the way are really amazing and when you look back down, you will see that you are literally above the clouds. It's going to be cold, very cold (I am from South India) even when there is no snow around. Nothing much to see when you reach the peak except 3-4 Chinese soldiers parading and few mindless people making slogans but the journey is amazing.
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  • Yphan
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1177 readers

"Spectacular Nathula"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 30, 2017
I have no words to describe this place ... You need to gain permission from the Sikkim tourism to visit nathula. Awesome view on the way to nathula, beautiful mountains covered with snow and sipping hot tea at the roadside. On the way you will see mesmerizing nature and beauty of god. Small waterfalls on the way to mountains, do spare some time to wait and drink that water. Do carry clothes which can bare extreme cold and not advisable to people who has breathing problem, when you reach nathula do spare some time to play with snow and create memories and interact with Indian and Chinese soldiers. Why do you wanna go out of India when you have heaven in India!
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Bhupender gulati

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  • Bhupender gulati
  • 3 Reviews
  •  243 readers

"Indo China border"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 23, 2017
Yes it is a paisa vasool visit.

Place is around 57 km away from Gangtok in the upper hills. It is border line between India and China.

It is around 14000 ft from the sea level.

Due to lack of oxygen travelers may feel uneasiness.

All are advised to take heavy woolen clothes because temperature is around 5 degree in June.
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Sumit Khanna

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  • Sumit Khanna
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  262 readers

"Great place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 12, 2017
It was great place to visit. You would see the indo-china border located at 14, 250 ft above sea level. Very chilling place. Hats off to our soldiers who are there to protect us 24*7. Don't click any photos as it is not allowed otherwise your phone or camera would be taken by soldiers. Do remember to take the certificate for achieving the mile stone.
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Vaishnavi kardale

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  • Vaishnavi kardale
  • 2 Reviews
  •  269 readers

"Nathula pass"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 4, 2017
Nathula pass is a place which has to be in your travel iterenary. Unfortunately I did not know that the place is closed on Monday and Tuesday and according to my travel iterenary it was destined to be on Monday so we had to skip it. Keep this in notice and make your travel iterenary. But if you are about to be there on Monday or Tuesday you can go to baba Mandir instead
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Arpita chowdhury

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  • Arpita chowdhury
  • 23 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  7029 readers


  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 28, 2017
A memorable trip here. The snow was beautiful and amazing. I played in snow. The walk up to the border was an unforgettable experience. The legs were numb even though I was wearing a boot. Awesome! The temperature was in minus. I visited in the 2nd week of May; 11/05/2017 to be exact. It's closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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  • Sagar
  • Lives in Thane
  • 68 photos
  • 35 Reviews
  •  32 helpful votes
  •  38011 readers

"Needs to be visited once"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2017
A very cold place and the ride to Nathula was very thrilling. Nathula Pass is one of the places which needs to be visited once, the sheer feeling of being at that altitude is worth it.
Carry your gloves / Cap / jackets it's going to be cold.
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Soumitra Ghosh

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  • Soumitra Ghosh
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
  •  656 readers

"Very nice place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 10, 2017
Very nice place. If you come Sikim you must see Nathula. It is a pass between India and China. It's beauty is marvellous. Need a permission for Nathula Pass. You contact any travel agent or your hotel where you stay for it. But must see it. You also see Baba Mandir and changu lake from here.
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Sreelata Lodh

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  • Sreelata Lodh
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 12 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  12491 readers

"An Adventures destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2017
Hi! This is a pleasant experience travelling to gangtak last November '16. Mr. Anmol was there to guide the whole tour. He is young, smart, very responsible guey. All sets were arranged very well with warmth welcome. A smiling face with caring, helpful hands were always there .. A homely atmosphere. A big thank to Mr. Anmol and I would wish to recommend him if any body is going there for a wel planned tour to gangtak. His contact number is 8101216161. You can also mail him to anmol. Sikkim19@gmail. Com. You may contact him for suggestions and guidance for sikkim ..
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