Nathula Pass Tour
The name Nathula can be separated into two terms, 'Nathu' and 'La', which mean 'listening ears' and 'pass' respectively. Relive the magic of silk route at Nathula Pass. Located at an altitude of 14,140 feet above sea level, Nathula Pass was used as a trade center between Tibet and India till 1962, when it was sealed in the aftermath of the India-China war. However, the pass was again reopened in 2006 after mutual trade agreement of both the nations: India and China.
The pass is 52 km away from Gangtok, and attracts tourist in large numbers from all over the world. The fences which separate India and China is a few km away from Nathula Pass. There is an engraved stone in Nathu La Pass, which is called 'Nehru Stone' as it marks the visit of former Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru in 1958.
One needs to cross the Nathu La highway to reach Nathu La pass. Nathula highway is considered as one of the most beautiful motor able roads in the world. Nathu La Pass also has the second highest golf course in the world. There are mountains, monasteries, lakes, shopping malls, and cyber cafe in and around Sikkim. What attracts the visitors here is the war museum, which was built by the British soldiers who died in a war with Tibet in the 1880s.
One the way to Nathula Pass, one can see a highest installed ATM in the world. The tourist will also come across two beautiful sights; the Jhakri Waterfalls and an eye-catching freezing lake called Changu (Tsomgo Lake). At the entrance of Nathu La Pass, one can see the military bunkers of both the countries: India and China. On the Indian side, there are some fortified military bunkers, a war memorial, an army exhibition center, a military canteen serving hot tea and fresh snacks to tourists. Visitors need special permission from Gangtok to go to Nathu La Pass.