Nathula Pass : The Silk Route

Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 14,140 ft above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Situated around 54 km east of Gangtok, only citizens of India can visit the pass, only after obtaining a permit in Gangtok. Nathu La is one of the three open trading border posts between China and India. Journey from Gangtok to Nathu la pass is scenical.

Plan bookings in advance to avoid regret as permits are limited and are issued a day before the visit, after verifying the valid documents. From Gangtok it is half a day journey since the road conditions are good in this route. The experience of “being there” is simply superb. Photography is prohibited at certain areas. If you feel hungry after a long walk , don’t worry, cafe at Nathula run by the Army serves  momos and hot tea coffee and of course Maggie.

Salute to our armed forces who stay and live there in chilling temperature all the time for us and our country.




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