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Nathula Pass - Day Trip From
Nathula Pass - Day Trip From Dangtok
56 km from Gangtok is the Nathula Pass at an altitude of 14450 ft, bordering
between India and China in the Tibetan Plateau. It is one of the highest motorable
roads and is richly covered by many varieties of alpine flora and fauna. It
is most tranquil place to visit. At present domestic tourist are given permit
to visit Nathula 4 days a week (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday)
and only 30 vehicles are allowed each day.
Nathula Pass used to be a main gateway for Sikkim -Tibet Trade (also known
as SILK ROUTE) until it was called off in 1961. Shortly later China and India
fought a bitter war and trade never resumed. Till then, China had a trade
office in Kalimpong, a People's Bank of China in Kolkata and also a consulate
Thanks to the Prime Minister's China Visit, the announcement of Resumption
of Indo-Tibet trade through Nathula was made official on 23rd June 2003. With
declaration of trade, tourism will not be far behind.
A Pilgrimage tour to Tibet via Sikkim will be one of the most fulfilling experiences
whether it is Lhasa (Roof of the world) or Manasarover Lake (Spiritual freedom).