In the year 1962, the Nathula Pass was shut down. Before this shut down, the Nathula Pass used to be the chief passageway between the countries India and Tibet. The distance between Gangtok and the Nathula Pass is 56 Kms. The pass it set at a height of 14450 feet above the sea level. One has to go via Tsomgo Lake in order to reach Nathula. In the entire world, this road is counted as one of the roads situated at the utmost height. The alpine flowers and vegetation encircles the location making it beautiful. The international border is open for the tourists to take a look. Upon reaching on the border one can observe the army people of China on the opposite side of the border.
On the days such as Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, citizens of India can go to Nathula. In order to visit the place, one has to get an authorized pass from the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. Non-Indians are not permitted to come to Nathula. Taking pictures are not permitted.
HOW TO REACH NATHULA
By air: The nearest air terminal is located in New Jalpaiguri.
By rail: The nearest railway station isH located in New Jalpaiguri.