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“Travel to Nathula Pass” 5 of 5 stars
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Nathula Pass
Gangtok, India
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Ranked #1 of 12 Activities in Gangtok
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Sightseeing Tours
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Hyderabad, India
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“Travel to Nathula Pass”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Nathula, 55 kms from Gangtok, is a mountain pass through the Himalayas connecting India and China. It is at an altitude of 14000 ft above sea level.
To go to Nathula, one needs a permit from the Indian government. It is open to Indian citizens only on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. We were asked to submit two passport size photos and two photo ID proofs (our tour operator insisted on our passports towards ID proof).
We were there just two days after the roads were thrown open after a major landslide in September which had killed four people.
What was truly a spine-chilling experience was traveling on these roads or non-existent roads. One, the roads become very narrow in places; two, rains and the waterfalls which exist everywhere in Sikkim ensure that road gets washed away. Where there is a strong waterfall, it is not possible to have a road, and your vehicle actually rides over the stones to travel across. Three, all the slush on the roads jeopardize your travel further, as you never know when the vehicle could simply slide 14000 ft to the land below. Though there is lovely scenery and nature filled with trees, mountains and waterfalls all around, you are rudely brought back to the real world with all the rocking and rolling of the car. Most of the time you sit through the journey praying and hoping you make it through. At one place, we waited quite some time for the crane to clear away huge boulders from the route which had come rolling down due to landslide. People are known to be stranded overnight for this very reason. And while returning, unless you manage to climb down before 5 pm, the diminishing visibility only makes things worse. Not for the faint-hearted, this experience!
For a complete review of Nathula, pl visit my blog@ http://subhavaranasi.blogspot.in/2012/11/sikkim-travel-to-nathula-pass-spine.html

Visited October 2012
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“can be a difficult trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Initially, I was afraid to take the trip, as many told me that it’s too cold and unbearable at times. But I made the trip, and now it gives me a great sense of relief that I completed this trip. But it's never easy at such a high altitude.

Visited April 2012
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Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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“Not that great”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Too tedious journey. Roads are bad and pathetic, sorry there are patches where there are no roads at all.

Nothing much to do once u reach the spot, just climb the stairs look at the building and come back.

Visited October 2012
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Vadodara
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“Mind blowing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Went with freinds and family. When we reached, it was raining and we were drenched. The Indian army was kind to allow few people shiwering in the cold to come in there tent and offered HOT tea. Rest got it in the nearby coffee shop. The view was fantastic and the moments spent memorable.

Visited May 2012
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“it was an exhilarating experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

The road condition is pathetic. Road widening is going on for over four years, and I am really very depressed why the Road authorities are dragging their feet in such an important road linkage to the border of China. Excuses of height and loose earth are just excuses, and where there is a will there is a way.

Visited October 2012
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