Nathu La

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  • Address: Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101, India
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Mountain, Family And Kids

Nathu La - Review

Nathu La is a definite must visit from the city of Gangtok. This Pass in the Himalayas is on the border between India and China and one of the most interesting sites to see in Sikkim. You will need a permit to visit Nathu La and you can only access it through the Indian border but the place is worth the effort.

The Lovely place, set amidst the mountains and the snow is nothing short of absolutely gorgeous. Set at over 14.000 feet above sea level, the beautiful place used to be an important trade post and was and still is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists as well as Hindus.

Nathu La is also home to several beautiful and rare species of animals from the mountains some of which you will be able to see here. The picturesque area makes for a great day trip from Gangtok and should certainly be on your must visit list.

Nathu La Information

  • Please remember that you do need to get a permit to visit this place. You will need 2 passport size photos and a photo id for the same. It is best to get the permit from the tour operator.
  • You can visit the Tsongmo Lake on the way to this place as well.
  • The best time to visit Nathu La is during the months of March to October when the pass is not blocked by snow.
  • Nathula is open only for Indian nationals on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • To visit Nathu La pass, you need valid Protected Area Permit.

How To reach Nathu La by Public Transport

  • Do check for Public Transport options when you reach. Most tourists prefer to hire a car which is a lot more convenient in this hilly region.

Restaurants Near Nathu La

  • Local Kiosks. You will not find too many big restaurants here so take your own lunch if you are finicky. 

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  • Nathu La Address: Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101, India
  • Nathu La Timing: 24-hrs
  • Nathu La Price: Free
  • Time required to visit Nathu La: 04:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Nathu La

  • 95% of people who visit Gangtok include Nathu La in their plan

  • 40.55% of people start their Nathu La visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Nathu La

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Nathu La

People normally club together Tsongmo Lake and Tashi Viewpoint while planning their visit to Nathu La.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Nathu La, Gangtok Reviews

  • Very very very very very very very very very very very very cold place it was 0 degrees when we visited it . We visited in first week of June 2018 there was snow everywhere a Very beautiful place. While coming we saw rainfall and it turned into ice due to cold and harsh weather. we saw a small lake near it which was partially frozen . We also saw the changu lake there were many yaks in the way .It would take you 2 hours to reach this pass from Gangtok. This was one of the best trips I have ever visited. A worth watching place

  • A must visit place while in Gangtok. A permit is a must for a visit. The road passes through the extremely severe terrain. Not to mention, one has to keep in mind the likely difficulties because of the sub-zero temperature and mountain sickness due to reduced oxygen content in the air. Considering the harsh conditions at this place, one must profoundly appreciate the spirit & determination of our soldiers guarding the pass.

  • Wonderful place. Seems as if God really stays there. Probably the only place in India, where roadside littering is not done, not really by force but by default. Ice ? It is there by roadside of hills round the year. Despite height of roads from sea level, travelling is not frightening at all due to too wide roads. One must have the taste of freshly prepared Veg Chowmen available at many stops en route. Roads are full of camps of great Indian Army. Park anywhere, take any number of snaps (beyond Army camps). A lifetime memorable safe journey.

  • Nathula Pass is around 3.5 hour drive from Gangtok, it is at a height of roughly 14000 ft. It is believed to be second highest motorable road in the world. My trip was an absolute adventure, as soon as we reached Nathula pass it started snowing and slowly it converted into a heavy snow storm. The mountains completely submerged in snow very quickly. The natural beauty at this place can't be described in words, simply breathtaking, it is simply like a heaven on Earth. The road uphill is well maintained apart from few rough patched here and there, the soldiers of Indian Army are very friendly and guide tourists well. Chinese soldiers can be seen patrolling on the other side of the barbed wire. Permission to visit Nathula pass needs to be taken well in advance, so remember to tell travel agent to do the needful. On the way to the top we stopped once at a small cafe/shop offering good snacks, tea and also jackets and other warm clothes on rent. Overall its a very good experience, although the journey can be a bit tiring for some but one should definitely visit this place when in Gangtok.

  • Nathu La is an ultimate experience for tourists. It is border pass between India and Chine. Nathula is almost 50 Kilometers from Gangtok city and generally stays quite cold and also remains covered with snow most of the time during the year. India and China have built concrete structure on both the sides of the border where people visit it to see for itself how border divides two countries. The border between the buildings is a simple barbed wire which is manned by the border guards. There is also a huge gate which opens on a few days in a week for the traders of two sides to do business.

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