Nathula pass is one of the most visiting place of Sikkim. The temperature is very less there so you should carry heavy woolen with you else you may suffer. The best place in earth for enjoying with friends or couples. Its the Indochina border and china is also seen right there
Beautiful place to visit, its indo china border. We can easily see Chinese and Indian militry with one step closer to each other, two countries are connected with only single wire . . Though china's first city is 500km away from nathula but beautiful scene to watch and amazing place
Nathula, one of the highest drive roads in the world, is a mountain pass in the Himalayan peaks that co-joins Sikkim and China. Nathula Pass is located on the Indo-Chinese border and is one of the major tourist attractions in India.
The name of the place was derived from Nathu (meaning listening ears) and La (meaning pass), it is also spelled as Natula or Ntula. An important trading border post, it was sealed after the Sino-Indian War in 1962, and was re-opened in 2006 after many bilateral agreements. Nathula was once an offshoot of the ancient silk route connecting Lhasa and Bengal.
Many tourists come here every year for trekking in the valley. The destination is located at a height of 14000 feet above sea level. Nathula lies 54 kilometres east of the Gangtok and 430 kilometres from Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. In winter the place experiences heavy snowfall and the pass is blocked with snow. The region of Nathula pass has sinking zones and this area and surrounding areas are prone to landslide.
The area of Nathula Pass is spotted with army settlements. Private vehicles and taxis are forbidden to access the pass, they need to be parked few paces away from the pass. There are stairs which straight away go to Nathula pass, which is guarded by Indian and Chinese soldiers. Tourists come here and get their photos clicked and communicate with the soldiers of both the countries. The pass also facilitates not only the traders but also pilgrims of India and China to visit Hindu and Buddhist sites.
There are many waterfalls that come between the routes from Gangtok to Nathula. It also provides a chance to view snow peaks on the way. Baba Harbhajan Singh site in the Chinese side is a popular attraction. He is a revered Indian soldier, who died in the 1962 war. It is believed by many that his soul still patrols the site and there is a ritual to keep a spare chair for him during every flag meeting. Near the pass, there is a lake called Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu, which is another tourist attraction of the destination.
The closest airport to Nathula is Bagdogra airport and it is connected to cities like Delhi and Kolkata. From there taxis are available for Gangtok, which is well connected to the place by road .The nearest railway station is situated in Jalpaiguri, 98 kilometres from Gangtok. The best time to visit this place is summer (March to May) when the average temperature is 15⁰ Celsius.