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Nathu La Pass in Gangtok

·  Summer: April-June (10°C - 28°C)
·  Winter: October-March (4°C - 16°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September

Best time to visit:  October-June

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Situated 4,310 m. above the sea level, Nathu La is a mountain pass which connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China’s autonomous region of Tibet. Boasting of heart-warming natural splendour, the site has gained immense popularity among the tourists of all sorts. The place dons the glittering cover of snow during winters and in summers; it flaunts distinguished magnificence due to the growth of grasses, rhododendrons, junipers and other varieties of vegetations. The pass, which belonged to the Old Silk Route in the past, is now an important trade and pilgrimage route.

The region also provides home to the endangered Himalayan species like snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, Tibetan gazelle, raven and many more. It is also a paradise for the bird-watchers, who get to explore the likes of laughing thrushes, wrens, tit-babblers, warblers, eagles, pheasants, redstarts and forktails. Located close to the pass are many mesmerizing lakes, the most popular one being Tsongmo. Indian War Memorial and the Chinese check post that can be viewed from a distance are other attractions.

No foreign tourists are allowed to visit the pass. Indian tourists need to avail the permit for which they must apply a day in advance. Only limited vehicles are allowed to the pass each day. The road to Nathu La is prone to heavy snowfall during winters and landslides throughout the year.

Road: Gangtok-Nathu La Highway is considered among the most enchanting hill roads in the world. The journey of about 55 km. can be covered in taxis and it is definitely one of the best experiences you can have in India

Railway: The nearest railway station is located at New Jalpaguri (about 168 km. away). Taxis for direct journey to the pass can be hired from here.

Airway: Bagdogra Airport (about 176 km. away) is the closest airport to Nathu La. Again, the most convenient way to reach the place from the airport is in a taxi.