Nathu La at an elevation of 14,140 ft connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
In Tibetan language 'Nathu' means 'listening ears' and 'La' means 'pass' . Nathula pass is 54 km east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.
Only citizens of India can visit the pass, and then only after obtaining a permit in Gangtok.
Nathu La is one of the three open trading border posts between India and China. The others are Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh at Uttarakhand, India.
Distant mountains of Bhutan, the Tibetan side, and international border fence as seen from the Indian side at Nathu La.
At present the tourists are allowed to get close to the international boarder and the Chinese soldiers can be seen protecting their side of the boarder.
Places to visit nearby Nathula Pass
Indian tourist can only visit Nathula pass by issuing permit through Tours & Travels in SIKKIM, Govt. Authorities and
Gangtok to Nathula Pass : 56 kms.
There is no provision of overnight accommodation and you must return to the Gangtok or proceed to Nathang valley, Zuluk by the evening.
Permit and Entry Rules
Indian : Indian tourists visiting Nathula require special permit to visit.
This special permit are provided by Travel Agents in Sikkim, Goverment Authority.
To create permit the visiter has to provide below documents:
Passport Size Photo : Two Passport Size photo for each members above 5 years.
ID with Address Proof : An ID with valid ID proof xerox copy is require to create permit.
for each members above 5 years. (for eg. Aadhar card, Voter ID, Passport, Driving License with Address part)
Foreigner : Foreigners are striclty not allowed to visit Nathula Pass.
Best time to Visit Nathula Pass
Best time to visit Nathula Pass is during the months of March, April, May, June, October, Nov. However
the roads are open through the years.