Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass is a splendid looking pass at an elevation of 14,140 feet on the Indo Chinese border. It is a beautiful location where daredevils flock to gratify their hunger for some excitement and to spot the most unseen facades of Mother Nature. Nathula Pass is just 56 kilometers from Gangtok and takes you to the beautiful looking Tsongmo Lake. For most of the year, the pass remains covered in snow. It was earlier used by merchants of India and Tibet for trading purpose. It was a beautiful part of the renowned Silk route bridging plains of Bengal with Tibet.

During 1950, a major migration of Tibetans took place where they travelled to India through the Pass. Today the pass is home to numerous Tibetan migrants. During the Indo-Chinese war in 1962, heavy fighting took place on the Nathula Pass which resulted in closing of the border between the two countries.  The border then reopened in 2006 for trading purpose. This also resulted in a boost in tourism in this part of the country.   

Today, tourists know Nathula Pass as one of the highest accessible passes via motorable road. It is a great sight for adventurous souls. Nathula Pass remains completely closed for travelers usually on Mondays and Tuesdays. On other days of the week, the pass closes by 1:30 PM.

Best time to visit
The best time to go Nathula Pass is between May to mid-November. The place remains heavy rainfall during winter months when it becomes inaccessible with temperature dropping to a sheer -25° C whereas during summer months, weather remains around 10° C.

How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport to Nathula Pass is Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri.
By Rail: The closest railway station is Jalpaiguri, 98 km from Gangtok.
By Road: Regular bus services are available from Bagdogra, Darjeeling, Kolkata and Kalimpong.


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