Nathula pass is the border between India and China, which was closed now. For visiting this, you have to take permit from Military through a travel agent. You have to submit your Voter ID and you passport photo to get the permit.Nahtula pass is about 4,310 m above mean sea level, so the oxygen availability is low. Not recommended for aged people and heart patients. It forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road which was closed now. It is one of the three open trading border posts between China and India.You can see both the gates of India and China’s. But photography is prohibited here (but saw many clicking). You have to climb around 50 steps to see the gates. Please carry popcorn packets when you visit Nathula(). Eating Popcorn somehow helps you not getting any breath problems. (Yes, it helps). There you can find a canteen. A hot chai at those freezing cold temperature helps u. Don’t forgot to carry thick warm clothes and other woollen things to withstand those low temp.
14,000 feet above the world and a experience that would last a lifetime. Oxygen was so low that everbody could feel the short of breath. All we were waiting for was our destination to arrive. -5° C, short of breath and a lot of hurdles. But we reached at the top, saw the Indo- China border. Photography is strictly prohibited in that area and so these are the photographs clicked while we came out of the border premises. Border premises are army areas and hence you cannot click photographs over there.Two things to always remember are carry camphor and popcorn while going to Nathu La as they help in gaining back the oxygen amount and breath. And the second thing is always breathe through nose and exhale through mouth. These two things will help you reach at the top safely. Also please keep eating pop corn or smelling the camphor while climbing the stairs, while getting down it may not be a problem though, still keep smelling camphor. Though all these hurdles were there, the view and the weather at the hills are always worth visiting. Beaches are temporary but the adventures that hills bring are once in a lifetime experience for sure. Choosing hills of Gangtok for this vacation was a good choice that I made, surely.
Nathu La Pass:The prime merchandise border post between India and China, this mountain pass is 14,140 ft above. On your journey to Nathu La, you will be overwhelmed with its hillside scenario. A must visit place for mountain lovers!
You will see a Tsmogo lake and Baba Mandir while going or returning from Nathu La. Tsmogo Lake is a sacred Lake and it will mesmerize you by its beauty. You can spend some time here and have a beautiful Yak ride. The lake freezes during the Winters and provides an eye-catching view.
As we raced through the Nathula Highway with The Cosmic Truth's Stroboscopic Illusion blaring on the system, the visibility dropped and the car had to be slowed down. Catching altitude has a little bit of a catch in itself, you're at eye level with the clouds. And today was a nebulous day, anyway.D'punk made a stop a half hour before reaching to get us the right gear for the lake. It included gumboots, thick jackets and water-resistant gloves. The shop also sold chai and maggi so, win-win!After our second breakfast, we took our rental equipment and headed back to the car.Jackets: INR 100.Boots: INR 50.Gloves: INR 100.We marvelled at the sights around us. The drive to the lake is said to be one of the most scenic drives immediately around Gangtok, no argument there. Snow-laden mountains surrounded us and there was an immediate dip in the temperature.