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Nathula Pass

#Sight Seeing in Gangtok

Situated at a height of 14140 ft. on the Indo-China Border, the Nathu La pass is one of the most historically important mountain passes in modern history, with its roots traced back to to the days when the Silk Road was an active route for traders of the East and West, over two thousand years ago.

The new Silk Route was reopened in 2006, and since then, serves as a route for trade of yak hair, silk, clothes, etc. The short distance of just 55 kilometers from Gangtok, Sikkim, Nathu La pass is one of the most important place on the itineraries of the tourists. However, to visit the Pass, you would require a permit, which is easily available through the tour agencies, or the hotel you will be staying at. Although photography and videography are not allowed at the Pass, you would have an amazing time, being on the freshly fallen snow on the slope of the Himalayas, with the armies of India and China patrolling the border.

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Sikkim, India
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Ticket / Cost / Expenses
Time people usually spend here:
2 hours
Altitude / Height:
5171 feet
Latitude / Longitude:
27.3864000°N, 88.8312000°E
Distance from Gangtok city center to Nathula Pass
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Opening and Closing Timings:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Read traveller's reviews about Nathula Pass..

Overall Rating:4.1

  '4' out of 5
"Very nice place. Very cold, though... Climbing was worth it. OK, we have to climb over the snow. From the top, we could see China. Army men are always on guard , so don't try to cross the border. The cafe was there, we were glad to see, but it was waterlogged. At least we could get a hot cup of tea and some cakes.☕️ Overall, very nice experience. Totally worth it."
  '4' out of 5
"Every Indian should visit to know at what conditions the soldiers serve. Over all the view is nice."
  '5' out of 5
"Top of the world experience must be enjoyed at least once in lifetime."
  '5' out of 5
"Nice to see atmosphere cold and the both side army guarding of borderline"
  '5' out of 5
"Very cold...a place to visit once in a lifetime"

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