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Nathula Pass In Gangtok

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Nathula Pass, Gangtok (Sikkim)

Nathula Pass in Gangtok, Sikkim is a high-altitude mountain pass in the Eastern Himalayas. The adventurous pass is accessible from Gangtok throughout the year. The Kailash Mansarovar route from Nathula Pass takes tourists and pilgrims to China-occupied Tibet. 

It is located at an altitude of 14,450 feet and 56 km from Gangtok and it is one of the three open trading borders between India and China. It is famous for its picturesque beauty and beautiful environment.

History of Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass is a mountain pass at a height of 4310 meters above the sea level. The pass serves as the connector between Sikkim and China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass for closed for around 40 years when China suppressed the Tibetan uprising. Later on, in the year 2006, it was reopened and now it serves as the Border Personnel Meeting Point between both the armies of the two countries.

Information Related to Nathula Pass Permit

Nathula Pass is open for tourists from Wednesday to Sunday. Tourists traveling to Nathula Pass need to carry a valid permit from the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. Only Indian tourists are allowed to visit the Nathula Pass with a permit and no foreign tourists will be allowed to enter the Nathula Pass.

Major Attractions in Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass is famous for various tourist attractions. Some of them are listed below:

Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir: This mandir has immense importance and rich history attached to it. The mandir was built in the memory of an army personnel Harbhajan Singh who died at Nathula while protecting the country. People of Sikkim state that Baba Harbhajan Singh is always on duty and guards the border. He notifies the army of any foreseen danger.

Mera Bharat Mahan Hill: While going to Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, you will come across this hill on the way where “Mera Bharat Mahan” is written which is worth watching.

Tsomgo Lake: Tsomgo Lake is one of the most picturesque lakes in the country with stunning landscape surrounding the lake. Tourists need to avail for the permit before going to this lake.

Mandakini Waterfalls: The cascade of water falling from a height looks mesmerizing and is a great place for a picnic with scenic views of the surrounding.

Indo-China Border: There is a staircase which will take you to the Indo-China Border where you can have a glimpse of the Chinese soldiers on the other side of the border.

Nathu La in Sikkim used to be the Old Silk Route between India and Tibet until 1962. When war broke out between India and China, this passage closed and reopened after 44 years on 2006. Items such as wool, raw silk, yak hair, yak tail, China clay, horses, sheep etc. can be imported duty free from Tibet through this route, while 29 items including clothes, tea, coffee, rice etc. can be exported to China.  It also shortens the distance between the important Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage sites, thus strengthening the economy and improving border relations with China.

Permits for Nathula Pass are available only for domestic tourists  4 days a week (Wed-Thursday and Sat-Sunday). Special permits are issued by the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department of Sikkim. The number of vehicles is also restricted at the pass to maintain environment. 

As a tourist, you can visit border trade market at Sherathang. Close to Sherathang, there is a magnificent place like Kupup which is mostly covered by clouds. It has world’s second largest Golf course. Other than this, you can visit Gnathang Monastery, Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, a shrine temple built in memory of Baba Harbhajan Singh, an Indian soldier, who died near Nathula, a popular sightseeing spot. The Gnathang war memorial was built in the memory of British soldiers who died in a war with Tibet in 1800s. On the way to Nathula you will come across a place called Thegu. which has the highest altitude ATM in the world.

Nathula Pass passes through Tsomgo Lake, a popular tourist destination in the region and does not have human inhabitation. This place is a home for birds like black eagle, blue whistling thrush, redstarts, folk, tit-blabber etc. The region also supports Himalayan wildlife like Tibetan gazelle, snow leopard, yaks, Tibetan wolves, etc. Nathula has a rich variety of flora apart from a spectacular wildlife range. Every year, several tourist folks come here for trekking in the valley and enjoy the scenic beauty. There are a lot of gush waterfalls along the way from Gangtok to Nathula. Also, it offers an opportunity to see beautiful snow peaks encircling the area.

Shopping Places near Nathula Pass

If you enjoy shopping, the Indo-Chinese trade market operates from 1st June to 30th September every year and from Monday to Thursday every week. During that period, Trade marts are set up on both Indian as well as Tibet side. The Indian trade mart is located at a place called Sherathang about 3kms below Nathula pass and you can see India's highest altitude internet Cafe.


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      Excellent! It was a very good experience with Tharingsa Holidays with whom we got connected through Travel Triangle. With a group of 6 and the tour being planned only for 2 days and 2 nights, we had no clue regarding the connectivity and possible no. of explorations within the given time frame as we were first time travelers to Sikkim. Credit goes to Tharingsa Team especially Tour Co-coordinator Ms. Sushmita, who patiently listened, understood and accordingly planned the itinerary to our expectations. Receiving from Bagdogra airport, river rafting in Kalimpong, sightseeing in Tsango Lake, Baba Mandir, Nathula on the next day till dropping back on Airport was so well co-ordinated and executed that we didn't give a second thought for a single moment. Honestly this was one of the reason that our group could enjoy to the maximum in the short duration. Would like to suggest to the first time travelers or even to frequent travel freaks, if you want to enjoy to the fullest and keep aside headaches for travelling arrangements. Go for Tharingsha Holidays! Thank you Travel Triangle! Keep up the good work ! :-)
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      All in all it was a best honeymoon trip . . At some place one of my cab driver took as waiting charge as Rs500 and at other place wen we went through there were elections , the cab dint arrive at right time ,they asked me to hire a private cab and go to hotel which vosted me Rs300 . Finally we missed that days iternary visits, wen we had left with 4hrs on the last day , wen we asked to cover the left over places , they charged us Rs1000 . Finally additionally I had to pay Rs1800 which was not at all mentioned . Cab drivers really damage the authenticity of the Services provided by the reat of the travel agencies . Tsongo lake Baba Mandir Tiger Hills Ropeway Must visit sites
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      Rajesh

      Bengaluru 13 hours ago

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      In Gangtok Hotel Powring Guest House is very nice, rooms and bathrooms are very neat and clean, food is also good except complimentary breakfast. Staff of the Hotel are really nice. At Lachung, Katau Road House is outstanding. View from room is awesome, speechless. Staff of Katau Road House is better than Gangtok Hotel. Food taste, quantity and quality is very good. All the staff including manager is so polite. Car provided us its also good, Manasarovar kept their promised by providing Xylo and Innova as per our desire. Drivers are also very polite and their behaviour is also good. At the end of the tour we had drop at Bagdogra Airport, our flight timing was 5pm, we planned to start from Gangtok at 10:30am for airport but they forced us to leave at 8:35am. While we requested repeatedly that we have 5years old kid, they were giving excuse if election. Even driver threatened us to cancel the car if we won't get ready by 8:30am. There were no problem in Sikkim during election, tourists were went for sight seeing and all. Its a peaceful state. We reached at Airport at 1:20pm. After reaching at airport we get to know that car driver had pick up from Airport at 1:30pm to 2pm.
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      Hotel at Lachung was not good and infact hotel was changed which I realised at the time of checkout Because the reason is the name of the hotel is near about same My booked hotel was Delight Royal lachung Heritage And I was offered Delight Royal Lachung hotel. This hotel is very bad,the room was allotted to me was very narrow there were a partition with wooden ply. They were not giving room service .After argument and fight they give me bigger room but yet it was not so impressive. I have called Tour angle to tell about room condition then they replied that this property is little bit poor thats why he iwas not offering this hotel. But as i have selected this hotel I have to bare. It seems like I have selected this hotel that's why this was my fault there was no role of tour angle . And tour manager is very poor in folloup. Other hotel drivers all were good I suggest to travell agent that atleast inform to your customer about time schedule for travell. As last day of itinerary was not covered by me because I have to catch my flight.If I know the timing I was able to do that places also.
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