Baba Mandir - Tourist Places of East Sikkim

About Baba Mandir

This temple lies on the road between the Nathula and Jelepla Pass, built at an elevation of 4,000 meters. The legend of Baba goes back 35 years when Sepoy Harbhajan Singh went missing while leading a pack of mules from his battalion. A manhunt was launched and it took the army three days to find his body. A Samadhi was raised in his memory and he is worshipped as a saint who grants boons and guards the lives of soldiers posted along the border.


How to reach

By Air : The nearest airport is Bagdogra. There are jeeps, taxis and private vehicles available from Bagdogra airport and from Gangtok Helipad.
By Rail : The nearest railhead is at New Jalpaiguri. This is well connected to most of the major cities in India.
By Road : From Gangtok, take private cars or taxis to reach this famous temple.


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  • When to visit
  • This place can be visited throughout the year.

  • What to eat
  • It is advisable to carry light snacks or packaged food while visiting this place or one can try the local shacks which offer tea and snacks.

  • Attractions
  • Baba Harbhajan Singh was a soldier of the Indian Army, often regarded as ‘Hero of Nathula’. He sacrificed his life at the young age of 26 years. In September 1967, he was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his bravery and martyrdom. Harbhajan Singh used to warn the team about any attacks at least three days before it actually occurred. Even Chinese regarded him with special respect and arranged special chair for him during the flag meeting of India and China. Soldiers of Nathula collect some money every month in his memory and send that to his mother.

  • Activities
  • Devotees leave a bottle of water at the temple and pick it up on their return journey, and offer their prayers with flowers, and coins.One can see the Nathu la pass and the jelep la pass by trekking or by car.

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