Nathula Pass


Nathula Pass (Gangtok) Travel guide

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Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass is one of the major attractions in Sikkim. It is trade route which connect Sikkim with Tibet.It is situated just 56 km away (3 hrs drive) from Gangtok. The road passes through Tsomgo Lake (Changu Lake) another major tourist attraction in Sikkim. At an altitude of above 14,000 ft (4,200 mtr) Gangtok to Nathu la is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The road connects Sikkim with Chumbi Vally (Tibet) on the other side of the border. One can have an Automated Teller Machine, which is the highest ATM available in the world.

 

A road travel from Gangtok to Nathula Pass is one of the most charming travel experience. On the way one can visit Tsomgo Lake (Changu Lake) & Baba Mandir is also just 5 km drive. At Nathu La there is an Exhibition Centre on Indian National Army. One can also have a magnificeient view of My. Chmolhari (in Bhutan) subject to clear weather.

 

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Nathula Pass Permit & regulations

Only Indian nationals are allowed to go to the Pass. Foreign nationals are not allowed to travel to the same. They can travel up to Tsomgo Lake (Changu) accompanied by a local guide.

Indian nationals also need a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit the Pass. Tourist need to submit a photo copy of any of the photo ID proofs (Voter ID, Passport, Driving License or any other id card issued by the Government of India / State Government) along with passport size recent colour photographs.  PAN card is not accepted in Sikkim as an identity proof.

Nathula Pass Permit Cost : It needs an additional cost ranging around Rs.3,000/-  to  Rs.6,000/- depending of the no of tourist, category of car & season.

Nathula Pass Visiting days : It is open for 5 days in a week (except Monday & Tuesday)

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Best time to visit Nathula Pass – Weather/ Temperature 

Winter : Mid December to Mid February are the coolest months. Temperature ranges from -200C at night to 00C at day. This is the best time to see snow in East & North Sikkim.

Spring : In March & April it will be moderately cold. Temperature ranges from -100C at night to 100C at day. This is flowering season & best time to see snow along with orchid & rhododendron.

Summer : In May & June it will not be very hot. Temperature ranges from -20C at night to 170C at day.

Monsoon : July & August are not considered to be a good season, as there will be possibilities of heavy rain. Temperature ranges from 50C at night to 170C at day.

Autumn : In October & November just after monsoon this is probably the best time to visit the Lake with clear sky & moderate temperature.  Temperature ranges from -100C at night to 100C at day. It is also a good time for photography. you may also witness snowfall during this period.

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Gangtok to Nathula Route MAP

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