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The Nathula merges the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass is situated, at 4,310 m above sea level, forms as a piece of a branch of the old Silk Road. Nathu signifies "listening ears" and La signifies "go" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim. Just natives of India can visit the pass, but only after successfull permit from the administration of Gangtok. Nathu La is one of the two open trading border posts in the middle of China and India.The others being Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh in Nepal. Sealed by India after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 after various trade understandings. The Chinese government is wanting to extend its rail administration to Yadong, barely a couple of kilometers from Nathu La.
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Nathu La Pass (India-China Border)It took us around 35-40 minutes from Changu Lake to Nathu La Pass. Nathu La Pass is located at a height of 14,140 feet.
Day5: Nathula passAn important pass on the crossroads of the Indo-China border, Nathula Pass forms a part of an offshoot of the Old Silk Road. Things haven’t changed much and the pass still indulges passing tourists in pretty much the same way as it once catered to traders and merchants. Take a trip to Nathula Pass to escape the monotonous squalor of the big city life.Only Indian nationals with a valid permit can visit the Nathula Pass. How to get Nathula Pass permit? A permit can be obtained by applying to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. You can apply through a registered travel agency. A photo ID proof and two passport size photographs are required for the same. The Nathula Pass permit cost is INR 200/- per person. We got our permits from the hotel staff , who also arranged the taxi for us. While visiting Nathula you can also go to famous Tsogmo lake and Baba Mandir.We got lucky and when we reached Nathula pass, snow fall started which just made our day.
As we reached closer to the border, the heavy snowfall, subzero temperature and the altitude made it a little difficult to breathe properly. Also, the army men didn’t allow the visitors to stay at the top for more than a minute. Actually, there was nothing much to see. We could see the China headquarters and an iron fence separating the two lands. The snow had made everything nebulous. We came back to the car in another half an hour and enjoyed the snowfall for some more time.Unfortunately, because of heavy snowfall, the route to Baba Mandir was blocked. Consequently, we started our journey back to Gangtok, planning to stop at Tsongmo Lake for pictures.By the time we reached there, it started throwing cobbler’s knives (Heavy rain- Ireland). We despise the idea of hurting or causing trouble to animals for our own benefit and thus, we opted out from the Yak Ride. Tsongmo Lake is 1km in length and half of it was frozen in April. The landscape is majestic. Since the area is at the tree line, there is hardly any greenery there. Only the pastel shades of brown and grey paint the panorama.
Earlier used for trading between the Indian and Tibetan locals, Nathu La (La meaning Pass) lies at the Indo Chinese border. 56 km from Gangtok, one has to pass through Tsongmo Lake to reach this place. It is mostly covered with snow throughout the year and the subzero temperatures are very common. The pass constitutes the Eastern Himalayas and the beauty of the snow-clad peaks at the tree line is bound to leave one enchanted.
Day 2: Go to East Sikkim to Visit Nathula Pass, Tsomgo Lake and Baba MandirNext day morning sharp 8.00 am we started our journey to Nathula Pass. Nathula Pass is the India-China border in the Himalayas and it falls in East Sikkim. Most of the business trade between India and China are done via this pass. It is about 50 Kms uphill mountain drive (takes about 2.5 hours to 3 hours) and situated at an elevation of approx. 14000 ft. from GangtokFew things to keep in mind while travelling to Nathula PassEntry for visitor to the pass is closed on Monday and TuesdayMake sure you leave early in morning between 8.00 am to 8.30 am because it is advisable to reach back Gangtok before it gets dark and become difficult for the drivers to drive downhill in the foggy climateThe temperature at Nathula Pass usually varyies between 0 degrees to -10 degrees and the pass is wholly covered with snow so carry enough warm clothes and comfortable shoes to walk on the snowThere can be cases of landslides or bad foggy weather because of which you may not be able to reach to the pass and come back mid wayPhotography is strictly prohibited at the passThere is a small shop named as Kyongnosla Mart just before the pass where you can have light snacks and they also provide warm clothes like jackets, cap, gloves etc. on rent
2.Nathula pass And Tsomgo lake:We didn’t got the permission of Nathula pass we had tried to reach there but we were not allowed to enter Check Post to see the China border as it was too foggy we could hardly see the border as per driver information. .
Since photography is not allowed as it is a vulnerable border area (Indo- China border), you get only one picture. The wind is strong here and there might be a little breathing problem. Walk slowly to the top if you feel so. And also, if you can, show our gratitude to the soldiers for protecting our land.
1. Nathu La Pass:The Nathu La pass connects Sikkim to Tibet in China. It is a heavily guarded army post that is open to tourists. Nathu La temperatures tend to dip a lot during winters, so please check local weather conditions before visiting. Nathu La Pass is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
Nathula pass, Tsomgo lake and Baba Mandir(temple)Nathula pass can be visited only by Indian citizens after obtaining permit from Gangtok with the help of local tour operators. Photography is allowed only till car parking. The place fills every individual with pride, after witnessing the harsh climatic condition, low oxygen level that soldiers face here. Second half of December on wards, it's covered with snow.
In this trip, we mainly targeted East Sikkim as we had less time in hand. So next morning we had some yummy Aloo parathas and headed on our day-long journey to Nathula Pass, Baba Mandir and the Tsomgo Lake. We started at around 8 am from the hotel and halted at a point where we needed to collect passes to visit Nathula pass (Indo-Chinese border). Please make sure to do this process quickly as it’s important to reach there early otherwise, the weather conditions change every now and then and you might miss the chance to visit Nathula if the road gets blocked due to fog or rains. Luckily for us, we reached Nathula Pass(the end point of our trip route) and climbed up the stairs to have a look at the very famous Indo-Chinese border. It was dead cold up there and we were shivering like hell. But thanks to the military people who offered tea at a stall there. I too got a certificate of accomplishment for visiting Nathula . Going there can only make you feel how our soldiers bear that shivering cold weather and protect the country and let us sleep peacefully at night. A big salute to the soldiers.Spending around 45minutes up there, we headed towards Baba Mandir, which is also quite a famous place. The shrine is dedicated to Major Harbhajan Singh, who lost his life at an early near that spot but it is believed that he still protects the border now also. The regiment maintains the whole place and thousands of tourists flock each year to take Baba’s blessings. The army has felt his presence at that place on many occasions. It feels so good to visit such a place where faith and belief keep people strong and going. You can read the whole story here, I found it very interesting. After offering prayers, we came further down to Tsomgo lake. But since the weather was deteriorating, we had to rush back to Gangtok soon after clicking some quick pictures.
This was the day I had been looking forward to since the start of the trip. We were going to Nathu-La pass today! Nathu- La is a pass, about 52 Kms from Gangtok, that connects India to China. At the hight of 4,310 meters above sea level, the pass forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Route. It is one of the highest drive roads in the world. The drive itself is extremely beautiful (though a little bumpy), with a beautiful view of the snow covered mountains and a waterfall at every nook and corner. Apart from the pass, there is the beautiful Changu lake that’ll leave you spellbound. There is also the Baba Harbajan Singh temple, which has a very interesting story to it too. As it is extremely cold and windy there throughout the year, I would hight recommend warm clothing and lots of layers. Also, as there is snow, please ensure you wear suitable footwear. Nathu- La was definitely one of the highlights of my trips. Its just nature at its best. A trip to Nathu-La from Gangtok takes up an entire day. If you leave in the morning, you will only get back by 5 P.M, if not later, depending on the traffic. After we got back we decided to get some traditional Tibetan dinner at Taste of Tibet and then headed to the popular Pub 25 for a few drinks post which we headed back to our hotel.
We started for Nathu La at 9 a.m. and were lucky enough not to face any deadlock due to landslides which is very common in this route and takes hours before the roads are clear. At a height of 14000 ft, barbed wire, Chinese and Indian soldiers and lack of oxygen were the distinctive features visible at Nathu La tourist point. We even got certificates as a souvenir for visiting this place. Salute to the army soldiers to stay vigilant at such extreme conditions.
4. Snow Lover- Gateway to Blissful Snow!Have never seen snow before then Sikkim is the right destination for you. It can be experienced in Nathula Pass and Tsomga Lake also known as Changhu Lake. The view of snow will mesmerize you and leave you spell bound. It can be called as Kashmir of Northeast India. Image courtesy google below:
Everything was according to plan till we reached Nathula pass.
Feeling the wind in my hair on a 60-km downhill ride to GangtokNathula Pass - Gangtok (12, 500 ft - 5400ft).Distance: 59.5 kmWith sore posteriors and soaring spirits, the last day of cycling was something we were really excited about. After an almost 100-km uphill ride in the last few days, today was all about a comfortable 60-km downhill ride from Nathula to Gangtok.Traversing through the winding roads, waving to the army men on the way who were almost surprised to see the squad on wheels at this altitude. It was also the day I met a friend of mine, who was posted at one of the army camps near Tsomgo Lake. We were greeted with warm apple juice and pakodas by the men in uniforms. Needless to say, the army always lives up to the culture of hospitality they are known for.We also had to manoeuvre our bikes through the long traffic jam due to a landslide and move past all the vehicles stuck below Tsomgo Lake. We had descended quite a bit and the Bengali tourists at Tsomgo Lake stopped us multiple times for quick selfies and at times borrowed our cycles to get themselves clicked. Did we mind? Of course.All this while, we were racing with the dark clouds above us and the sole aim was to reach Gangtok before it would rain. Luckily, we skipped any sort of havoc on the final day and when we reached the city, it was bright and sunny. The kids coming back from school, the sound of whizzing vehicles and the fluttering prayer flags in the outskirts of the city, it all felt like coming back to the life we took a break from.
We were asked to reach the taxi stand at 8 AM,The journey to Nathula pass was to be started early morning cause there were more view points to see. But the driver was the only person who came late, we almost waited for an hour and then the journey began a 16 seater vehicle with two newly wedded couple,a family with 7 members,me and my friend,the driver,his helper and a solo backpacker ( the most interesting guy i met on this trip) this guy is professionally a teacher and a Pilgrim by passion,we shared our travelling experiences,he is the only guy i found with the same frequency of travelling as mine,he told me his dream is to visit all the 51 Shaktipeeths and his name is Genie,yes Genie- as i told you we both share same frequencies and may be as a matter of fact we don't like to travel with our original names so we didn't share our original names instead we call each other by the name we prefer he likes to call himself Genie and i love the name Vagabond,its been almost 5 months to this trip and still we are in touch,i must say i met a great guy. (couldn't get his picture cause we were busy enjoying)And our journey began,after driving for an hour we entered the scenic beauty of Sikkim something which is not possible to describe in words. We started driving towards the hill top where the Nathula pass is situated surrounded with the army base camps,we stopped at two places before reaching the pass,one where the driver took the permission from the army camps and the other where we had to eat our breakfast,do keep in mind to fill yourself with a little of food before reaching Nathula pass and ensure to carry a warm jacket with you as it is to too cold up there,the temperature at that time was 5 degree C,and i guess your driver will guide you few things. The view from Nathula was amazing we went up the hill and met two Chinese soldiers one of them was very friendly but the other one was not even ready to shake hands,reason nobody knows. We spent around half an hour there, then on our way back we got our certificate which shows that we have visited Nathula pass situated at 14000 ft from sea level which is half of the height of Mt. Everest.
We were asked to reach the taxi stand at 8 AM,The journey to Nathula pass was to be started early morning cause there were more view points to see. But the driver was the only person who came late, we almost waited for an hour and then the journey began a 16 seater vehicle with two newly wedded couple,a family with 7 members,me and my friend,the driver,his helper and a solo backpacker ( the most interesting guy i met on this trip) this guy is professionally a teacher and a Pilgrim by passion,we shared our travelling experiences,he is the only guy i found with the same frequency of travelling as mine,he told me his dream is to visit all the 51 Shaktipeeths and his name is Genie,yes Genie- as i told you we both share same frequencies and may be as a matter of fact we don't like to travel with our original names so we didn't share our original names instead we call each other by the name we prefer he likes to call himself Genie and i love the name Vagabond,its been almost 5 months to this trip and still we are in touch, i must say i met a great guy.And our journey began,after driving for an hour we entered the scenic beauty of Sikkim something which is not possible to describe in words. We started driving towards the hill top where the Nathula pass is situated surrounded with the army base camps,we stopped at two places before reaching the pass,one where the driver took the permission from the army camps and the other where we had to eat our breakfast,do keep in mind to fill yourself with a little of food before reaching Nathula pass and ensure to carry a warm jacket with you as it is to too cold up there,the temperature at that time was 5 degree C,and i guess your driver will guide you few things. The view from Nathula was amazing we went up the hill and met two Chinese soldiers one of them was very friendly but the other one was not even ready to shake hands,reason nobody knows. We spent around half an hour there, then on our way back we got our certificate which shows that we have visited Nathula pass situated at 14000 ft from sea level which is half of the height of Mt. Everest.
Nathula Pass is one destination wherein incredible India tours can turn into an international one. This trade link between China and India is located at the height of 14,140 feet above sea level.Best Time To Visit: JuneOther Things To Do: Baba Mandir and Tsomgo Lake. 9. Revel in Luxury at Udaipur, Rajasthan
This pass is a Indochina border , the soldiers there are kind enough to answer questions we ask them . Photography is strictly not allowed but you can click pictures from the parking like we did.Road trip from Gangtok to DarjeelingDay 4There are a lot of options to do on this route like water rafting or visiting Lamahata a botanical garden , we have to skip both because of time constraint and we chose to visit Rumtek instead.Rumtek Monestary
Nathula Pass,East Sikkim-The Nathula pass at an altitude of about 14,400 feet above sea level is the Indo China border in Sikkim.The altitude makes it hard for people with breathing problems out here.There is a Cafe on the way to the border and China is clearly visible from the border and there is a restriction on cameras and mobile phone's in the border(ie photos and videos are not allowed to be shot).There are no homestays or hotels out here so you cannot halt for a night out here.There is not much out here but the fact that it is the Indo-China border makes it very precious and tourists cannot afford miss this in their Sikkim Trip.
I was completely lost in the beauty of the view and then the taxi stopped, people got down and I was confused that where did I reach. My hands and lips got numb, my each and every part of the body was being tested by the coldness. All I had was that one jacket, which I was wearing, no gloves or caps. A person came up to me and said that "Son, be careful. Don't let the excitement kill you. It's -5, the oxygen level is also quite low. So be careful."When my body was being tested that was the time I noticed these two soldiers standing tall, unmoved, unaffected and I realized that I have reached Nathula pass. I felt inspired, I felt motivated and proud. The slogans 'Jai Hind' and 'Bharat Maata ki jai' came right from the heart and was not forced. The soldiers guarding the border explained me how they have to survive in difficult conditions. How can I describe this feeling of pride of being an Indian, it is meant not to be told but rather to be felt.
Third day we went Nathula pass. It`s a very awesome place to visit. Sight scene was awesome in this trip. Some snow was also there in the hills of Nathu La way. Changu lake looked very beautiful due to snowy hills around. Also visited Baba mandir nearby nathula.
Trip to Nathula Pass one of the highest peaks in India makes you feel adventurous. A night walk at MG market makes you feel refreshed.This trip is full of adventure,spectacular views and joy.This trip never failed to impress me. Every day of this trip was exciting and new. Sikkim is a place to be visited atleast once in your lifetime. At the end of the trip all I thought was about coming back again and spend more days.A new kind of energy was brought into the life after the trip.
Last day in Gangtok and I started early for Nathula Pass on the Indo-China border. It was the single-best road trip I have ever made as we navigated through treacherous roads that, literally had us driving through the clouds. The driver was a pleasant guy who drove carefully and slowly, while regaling me with local folklore and stories of his own life. We arrived at Nathula at 14000 feet in about 3 hours. Temperatures were close to 0 degrees and oxygen was scarce which left me huffing and panting while regretting the fact that I never thought to bring actual warm clothes. Since this was the first time I had visited a border, the whole experience of standing just a foot away from China was surreal. On the other side one can see the towering snow-clad peaks of Tibet pockmarked by Chinese observation posts. But unlike the Indian side which was teeming with tourists there was hardly any movement on that side. Having collected my visitation certificate and paid my respects to the war memorial, we visited the Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, dedicated to an army man who was martyred in the border skirmish. Set beside a glacial lake which, in one of the best images of the trip, had clouds caressing the surface, the temple is maintained by the army who believe the spirit of the Baba keeps them safe and protects them. We also stopped at the Changu Lake on our way back which was a very scenic lake with yaks in beautifully colored garb. I was back in Gangtok by 4 pm, having started at 7 am and bid adieu to the place the next morning.
1.NATHULA PASSNathula Pass,is a pass in the Indo-China border region in the Himalyas and is situated at an altitude of 14,450 feet and is located around 56km from gangtok.Fllanked by mountain on one side and the Tsongmo Lake on the other side,the pass was a beautiful destination in it's own.We started early to visit the Shrine of Baba Harbhajan shrine.There is a very interesting story behind this,which you can read here :http://www.sikkimsilkroute.com/baba-mandir/TIP:1.Nathula Pass is only open for the citizens of India,after obtaining the required permit.The permit can be arranged by the travel agency or by some of the hotels. Identity proof and 2 passport size photographs are required,and cost per person is Rs 200. For unorganized souls like me,who forget to carry their photographs,there are plenty of shops in MK marg which provide instant photos.Also it is best to get the pass well in advance.2.Do not shoot photographs in the restricted area,near the border.Or they (the Chinese) will shoot you.