Sikkim Chronicles – To Nathula with Respect

“A popular pass on the crossroads of Indo-China border, Nathula Pass forms a major part of an offshoot of the Old Silk Route.”

Things haven’t changed much and Nathula pass still passes tourists the same way it used to pass its traders and merchants in the olden times. So, take a trip to Nathula Pass to escape the hassles of the big city life.

Nathula Pass at a glance!!

With a height of 4310 meters, Nathula Pass is located in the east of Gangtok. You can avail Gangtok tour packages to reach Nathula. Though maintained in some places, the roads are steep and slippery. Beware of it!

Driving through Gangtok!!

A unique destination, Gangtok is itself the gateway to many amazing places that is wonderful in its own way.

One such area is Nathula Pass. The drive is an experience which one must enjoy and never forget. Though the distance is just 56 kilometers, the mountains and winding roads will take 3 to 4 hours drive.

Preparing for the trip

Good news… only Indian National with a valid permit can visit Nathula Pass. This permit can only be obtained from the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. You can also register yourself through a travel agency at the time of booking Gangtok tour packages.

What’s needed!

  • Photo ID Proof
  • Two passport size photographs

Permit cost: INR 200 per person

Do not forget!!

•    Best season: April to mid-June

October to November

•    Visiting days: Wednesday to Sunday

What to look for?

There are many places in and around Nathula Pass. Here are a few of them. Do check them out on your trip and have the best time of your life!

Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir

Built in the memory of Baba Harbhajan Singh, is a popular sightseeing spot in Sikkim. The new temple is situated at the junction of Kupup Gnathang Road and the trail of Menmecho Lake.

The history underlying…Baba Harbhajan Singh still guards the international boundary between India and China!

Mera Bharat Mahan Hill

On the way to the Mandir, there is a hillside written with the words “Mera Bharat Mahan”. The font size is big enough to give you a patriotic feeling. You will be amazed to see everything this hill has in store.

Indo-China Border staircase

The steep roads from Gangtok to Nathula will take you the staircase leading to the border. Climb the stairs carefully and take rest between the climb. You can see everything from these steps and it will be a delight.

Tsomgo Lake

At a distance of 38 kilometers from Gangtok, one must take a valid permit to reach Tsomgo Lake. The blue water coming from the melting snow and the scenery of frozen lakes during the winters is a sight to behold.

Mandakini Waterfalls

This waterfall is another beautiful halt in the Nathula Pass tour. It also adds to the beauty of Sikkim. You can simply swim in the water or take photographs of the nearby places of the waterfall. The best part… you do not have to trek!

Are you looking for an escapade? Plan a trip to Nathula with reasonable tour packages and prepare to get blown by the magnificence this place offers!

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