Nathu La - Tourist Places of East Sikkim

About Nathu La

An important place in Sikkim and a significant part of India's highly disciplined defence line, Nathu La is a high altitude pass situated on the old silk route at the Indo-China border. Several visitors come here every year to enjoy the scenic trek to the valley and the mesmerizing views. Nathu’ and ‘la’ are two Tibetan terms which means ‘Listening ears’ and ‘pass’. It is situated at an altitude 4302 m, and is one of the highest motorable roads in the world.

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 : One can opt for shared jeeps and other reserved vehicles available in Gangtok, from the tour operators approved by Sikkim government. But before starting your journey to Nathula, one has to obtain the Protected Area Permit (PAP) issued by Tourism and Civil Aviation at Gangtok only to Indian citizens.

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  • When to visit
  • Summer, between the months of May to October is the appropriate season to visit here.

  • What to eat
  • There is an army canteen here where one can try out various options of snacks and meals or onecan try out something at the roadside dhabas along the way.

  • Attractions
  • One can visit the Watershed War Memorial to salute the soldier’s effort in the achievement of war.  One can also visit Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary and Zuluk Wildlife Sanctuary, well-stocked with rich and rare species of flora and fauna which is near the tsomgo lake, about 16 kms from the Nathu la pass.

  • Activities
  • - One cannot afford to miss the Yak ride, which is the popular attraction for the visitors here. Along with this place, cherish the combine visit to Menmecho Lake enjoying the 4 km idyllic trek from Baba Mandir; popularly known as the Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, which is very close to Tsomgo Lake.

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