Nathula Pass

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Label : Top Attraction

Tags : Hills & Valleys

Timings : Wednesday - Sunday: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (For Indian Nationals)

Time Required : 1 hour

Entry Fee : No entry fees, but permit is necessary

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Nathu La Pass

Nathula Pass, Gangtok Overview

Nathula, one of the highest motorable roads in the world, is a mountain pass in the Himalayan peaks that co-joins Sikkim and China. Situated on the Indo-Tibetan border 14450 ft. above sea level, Nathu La is one of the most important Himalayan passes in the country. Nathu means 'listening ears', and La means 'pass'. Nathula is one of the three open trading border posts between India and China and is famous for its picturesque beauty and beautiful environment. The temperature here remains low for most parts of the year, and it becomes a hotspot for tourists during summer.

Several tourists flock here every year for trekking in the valley and enjoying the scenic beauty. There are a number of waterfalls that gush along the way from Gangtok to Nathu La. It also offers an opportunity to see beautiful snow peaks encircling the area. The region also supports Himalayan wildlife like Tibetan gazelle, snow leopard, yaks, Tibetan wolves, etc. Nathu La Pass has a rich variety of flora apart from a spectacular wildlife range.

Must Know Before You Visit Nathula Pass

How to Obtain Nathula Pass Permit : A valid permit to visit Nathu La Pass is given to only Indian Nationals. The permit is obtained by applying to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. This can be done with the help of a registered travel agency. Valid identity proof and two photographs are necessary for the same.

Nathula Pass Highlights

1. Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, Gangtok

Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, Gangtok
Situated on the road passing between Nathu La and Jelepla Pass, at a distance of 64 km at an elev (Read More)ation of 4000 meters, Baba Mandir is the shrine which was built at the Samadhi of Harbhajan Singh. It is the local belief that every person visiting the Nathang Valley and crossing through this enchantingly beautiful terrain has to pay their respects to Baba Harbhajan Singh. Don't think of it as an ordinary temple, for you'll be mistaken! As you climb the stairs to the concrete construction, flanked with bells on both side, you'll be rewarded with the most ineffable samadhi you'd have ever visited. 

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Wasim Akram

on Nathu La Pass 6 years ago
It is nearest part to reach or see China.

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Q. Whether child age of 7 months is safe to visit nathula in the end of April.


6 years ago
End of April is a very good time to visit Nathula, as the weather is quite pleasant. However, the higher altitude might not be good for a child that young and there may be breathing difficulties. It (Read More)is best to consult a doctor regarding the physical fitness of the child to be in this atmosphere.
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