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“nathula !”
Review of Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass
Ranked #1 of 61 things to do in Gangtok
Certificate of Excellence
Bengaluru, India
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“nathula !”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

Best ever place visited. Beautiful landscapes. Got to witness snowfall. Extreme weather conditions. Salute the army who gaurd us staying in these weather conditions. This place gives a feel of an achievement on shaking hands with the indian army at the indo-china border.
Pldont miss this when you visit gangtok. Please ask your travel agent to get the permit for nathula and also submit all the docs 2 days in advance. Nathula is the highlight of sikkim tourism.

Visited October 2013
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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“Proud to be Indian...”
Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

Nathula pass is at Indo-china border nearly 45 km from Gangtok. On the way we saw Thangu lake, even at 9 am in the morning its surrounded by mist. But had a luck to see the lake fully for few seconds. The road leading to Nathula is little bit messy ( compared to north Sikkim, this road is better ). We saw India china market on the way called as shareton. If you are planning for a purchase try to go after 10 am. From my opinion best place to purchase guilt, blanket, woollen items is kupup , its on the old silk route. At nathula we saw Chinese soldier, had a chance to hand shake with him. Had a chance to see Sikkim Queen flower in its habitat. We got Certificate of visit to Nathula pass, which is given by Indian army. If you need those certificates speak with your travel agents before visiting. We had a luck to see the band rehearsal that done for India-China conference talks to be held at 15th September. You will feel like great to be Indian on seeing those soldiers who lives there even in extreme cold. Don't forget to visit this place, when you visit gangtok.

When you are returning from Nathula try to get down through Old silk route , but you need to get prior permission to travel in this route. This route is really superb to travel you can see kupup lake (it looks like elephant lying down), World's highest Golf course, yak grassing over beautiful mountains, Zuluk road, Kanchenjunga view. Don't miss it..

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Shillong, India
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“A whole new world”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

This is the border outpost between India and China and you need permission to proceed towards Nathula. It is not for the faint hearted. The oxygen is so thin that I saw many people, both young and old get dizzy and faint. The few steps to the top from the parking place is a killer for the not so fit.

Visited December 2012
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Guwahati, India
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“A must see”
Reviewed 31 October 2013

A must see place for visitors, gives you a unknown feeling viewing the china border from Indian side. Salute to the Indian Army who always keep vigil even in that bone chilling rough terrain of this world. Its 14500 ft high from sea level. Old people should take extra precaution or avoid visiting this point as the oxygen level is really low in air. It causes you tiredness and needs few mins to get exhausted once you get down from your vehicle to explore the region. Always rest for few mins after you get down from vehicle and dont start running or walking immediately so that your body and mind get adjusted to this low oxygen condition, else you will get headache or vommiting and extreme tiredness.

Try coffee and pizzaa in Coffee 14000, it & its memories will refresh you then and for lifetime.

Visited October 2013
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

If you go to gangtok, must visit Nathula. The takeaway is amazing - the sheer starkness of nature (mind you nathula is a pass on the erstwhile silk route, meaning the just surrounding areas are much higher!), the doughty officers and soldiers who man these posts with a smile and humility and one's own personal experience!

Oxygen is less - hence, walk slowly and take rest. Its quite cold and snows. Warm clothing with a wind breaker is advisable for the ordinary mortals.

Take a good camera or mobile phone - lot of photo ops. The Chinese soldiers are ever-willing and cheery to pose holding your hands!

A must visit, despite the horse-ride feel of the roads. Beware of the tour operators who fleece for the permit to visit nathula - controlled by the army. The civil tour administration gives limited passes. If you have time of a day, do it yourself - saves lot of money!

Nathula is just 2-3 km uphill from the junction going to baba mandir and the tour operators charge an additional 5000 just for nathula!

Visited October 2013
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