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“Must see Nathula pass”
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Nathula Pass
Ranked #1 of 62 things to do in Gangtok
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“Must see Nathula pass”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Wow, one of the place to visit in lifetime. Very Interesting, mind blowing Scenic, China border. Must go with friends. In between don't forget to visit the frozen lake.

Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road.

Best time to visit Nathula Pass is from March to mid-Nov . During winters Nathula pass gets heavy snowfall ,leaving it not navigable during that time.Temperature drops to as low as -25 C in Nathula pass during winter season.

Only Indian nationals can visit Nathula pass on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.One needs special permit to visit this high altitude pass.This permit can easily be arranged by any local travel agent.

Visited November 2012
10 Thank Baskhar S
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English first
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3 attraction reviews
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“We salute the valiant indian army”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

The visit to NathuLa was interesting. The road is a bumpy ride and treacherous but interesting and scenic!! The Changu lake at 13000 feet is an absolute treat to the eyes. Frozen with streaks of snow on mountains and sun shine is a dream sight. The view of Kunchenjunga is yet another rare sight on a clear day!! Hats off to the Army- Nathula is a well guarded place where soldiers rough it out- sub zero temperatures, snow, chilly winds and rain- but the smile on the face of every soldier has a lesson!! The Baba Harbhajan Mandir is yet another tourist delight with reverence!!

Visited February 2013
6 Thank SHALINI1105
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Burdwan, West Bengal, India
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“Excellent Nathula...........”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Its 18000 ft above sea level, With -3 degree centigrade temp, snow every where around you with beautiful scenic beauty. Nathula pass is Indo Tibetan Border situated at 54 km east from Gangtok. It is opened on every monday, wednesday, saturday, sunday. You have to do a permission from army to go to the Natula pass. I can't explain the beauty of the border, the indian & tibbet check posts, the no mans land, & sp[ecially the war memorial. If you want to go to nathula pass+ baba mandir+ Tsomgo Lake, you have to contact with your hotel persons( receptionist) or sikkim tourism office( m g marg).Plz don't forgot to take 3 coppies your recent pass port size photograph, Photo
ID card, otherwise you will not been allowed to go anywhere of sikkim.

Visited February 2013
12 Thank NishanGhosh
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Guwahati, India
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“A Life time Journey !!”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Nathula, In addition to a 14200 ft attraction and mind blowing scenic beauty of nature, the place is a tribute to Indian Army for their committed service & passion for Mother India.

For visiting Nathula you have to obtain an entry pass from the State. Any travel agent will do the work, provided you give three photographs and Govt. ID proof. We handed over the documents to a Tour operator in Gangtok on Friday after noon and Saturday morning the driver came to our hotel with the entry pass. We booked a Xylo for a comfortable journey keeping in mind the tough , risky and jumping route to Nathula. They charged Rs.5000 ( 4 persons) including the entry pass and additional Rs.1100 for visiting old baba mandir which around 10 kms ride from Nathula towards Kupup. Though we visited in the month of Jan ( Jan 26th ) it was very cold ( tem - 5 degree). It urged us to have additional thermal proofs in addition to our normal jackets. We hired jackets and snow shoes from the Chinese market which is on the way to nathula. The rent is normal ( For jacket Rs.50, shoes: Rs.50 etc ) had a nice breakfast and tea from the same shop.
@ nathula you may feel the lack of Oxygen ..So keep short steps and deep breaths on your way to top. you will get Chinese soldiers there , posing for you to take the Snaps. Enjoy some good tea and snacks there.
I was most excited to visit Baba Mandi , hearing the stories of Respected Baba Harbhajan Singh . Normally , Drivers will take to you the new baba mandir which is very near to Nathula.. but please go to the old Baba Mandir where you will get the spiritual vibration and blessings of Baba who is invisible and safe guarding the nation. The place is rich in scenic beauty. Don’t ever miss it .
Way back, you can enjoy Yak ride in the place near the Chinese market. Rates are negotiable and they charged us Rs.450 per head for a 25 min ride through the lake side.

Visited January 2013
14 Thank prathyush
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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7 reviews
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“Cold, Breathless (literally)”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

A must visit...The road to Nathula is virtually non-existent but the entire journey has opportunities for breathtaking views. The air at Nathula can make you wanting for oxygen. Cover yourself from the head-to-toe as it has super chilly winds

Visited January 2013
10 Thank RaviVaidyanathan
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