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Protected Area Permits

Protected area permits in sikkim (for domestic and foreign tourists).

Protected Area Permits (PAP) are issued for

  • Domestic tourists /locals for protected areas in Sikkim,
  • Foreign tourist for Tsomgo Lake in the East Sikkim and Lachen-Lachung-Yumthang-Thangu Valley in North Sikkim and
  • Two-Wheelers/Motor Bike Permit

PAP for various places in Sikkim are as follows:

  • Tshongo – Baba Mandir - permit  are issued by Police Check Post for Domestic Tourist. Foreign tourist are allowed till Tsongo Lake, permit is issued by Tourism & Civil Aviation Department and vehicle permit is issued by Police check post applied through a registered Travel Agency.
  • Nathula Pass – Permit  is issued by Tourism Department and vehicle permit is issued by Police Check Post for domestic tourist issued through a registered Travel Agency.
  • Dzongri Trek – Permit  is issued by TIC Pelling & TIC Gangtok .
  • Singalila Trek – Permit  is issued by TIC Pelling after clearance from Home Department, Forest Department and Army through registered Travel Agencies.
  • Yumthang – Permit  is issued by Police check post for Domestic Tourist and for foreigners permit is issued by Tourism Department and vehicle permit is issued from Police Check Post.
  • Yumesamdong - Permit  is issued by Police check post for Domestic Tourist and for foreigners permit is issued by Tourism Department and vehicle pass is issued from Police Check Post
  • Thangu-Chopta Valley – Permit  is issued by Police Check post for Domestic Tourist and for Foreigners permit is issued by Tourism Department and vehicle permit Police check post. Foreigners must apply through a Sikkim Tourism registered Travel Agent in groups of two people or more for visiting these areas.
  • Gurudongmar – Permit  is issued by Police check post for domestic tourist and for foreigners permit is issued by Permit Cell, Tourism Department till Thangu.
  • Green Lake Trekking Permit  is issued by Adventure Cell of Tourism Department after clearance from Forest department, Home Department and Army applied through a registered Travel Agency.
  • Mainam Trekking: Trekking permits are issued from TIC Pelling and TIC Gangtok through a registered Travel Agency after clearance is obtained from Home/Army/Forest and Police
  • Alpine Mountaineering Expedition permit  is issued by Tourism Department after obtaining clearance from Home Department, Forest Army, Police, for the following peaks as per the Home Department Notification no: 25/Home/2006 dated 20/3/2006                                                                                                                                                                    TinchenKhang 5603 metres ( West Sikkim)                             Jopuno 5935m (West Sikkim)                             Freys peak 5830m(West Sikkim)                             Lama Angden 5868m( North Sikkim )                             Brum Khangse 5433m ( North Sikkim )
  • National park and Wildlife Sanctuary entry permits  is issued by Forest Department at Gangtok.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR PROTECTED AREA PERMIT

Documents required for Nathula

Documents required for Gurudongmar

Documents required for Zuluk

Documents required for Two-Wheelers/Motor Bike Permit

  • Registration certificate of the Bike
  • Driving License
  • Pollution certificate
  • Insurance certificate
  • Passport size Photo (2 nos)
  • Identity proof of rider and co-rider

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Why should I visit Nathu la Pass?

Sikkim’s natural beauty is best captured by the Nathu La Pass. Almost 14,200 feet above mean sea level, the strategically significant mountain pass was formerly a component of the old Silk Road. On days when the region is not shrouded in mist, visitors can see the meandering path that was once used by mules to bring products from Tibet to India. One location where geography has significantly influenced history is Nathu La Pass. If you’re thinking about visiting Sikkim, you should attempt to stop by this famous location because of its striking mountain scenery and unique flora and wildlife.

For almost 50 years, Nathu La Pass remained off-limits to travellers. With few alternatives for trading between Indian and Tibet of China merchants, it was reopened in 2006. Visit Sherathang, 3 km below Nathu La Pass, if you’re travelling during the trade months (June-September), where you may buy souvenirs at the retail centre.

Thegu is a hut whose road-facing façade is painted with two similar dragons. It is located on your approach to Nathu La. The world’s highest ATM is located at this altitude.

How can I travel to Nathu La pass?

From Gangtok, Nathu La Pass is around 60 kilometres to the east. It should take you close to two hours to reach there if you use Jawaharlal Nehru Road. Your best bet is to set aside a full day because there are so many places to see in and around Nathu La.

There are shared jeep possibilities if you’re travelling during the months with the most tourists. For individuals who are travelling on a tight budget, this works out perfectly. Finding a tour company and renting an SUV, though, is your best bet if you’re travelling in a group. They’ll make it easy for you to organise the excursion.

You require a Protected Area Permit (PAP) in order to enter this area since the pass serves as one of the three trading border checkpoints between the Tibet Autonomous Region of India and China. Foreigners are not permitted in this area, and Indian natives alone are given permits after providing identification confirmation. Your tour guide will assist you in obtaining this permit.

What Time Should I Land?

You should be aware Tuesdays and Mondays are off days for Nathu La Pass.

The best time to arrive Nathu La Pass is from mid-April to mid-June if you’re planning a summer vacation. Remember that temperatures seldom get over 15°C at such high elevations, so make sure you pack warm clothing to fend against the brisk wind.

Summer months have less odds of snowfall and are more likely to provide expansive panoramas of the mountains, arctic flora, and border guards on the Chinese side.

If you’re planning a trip in the winter, keep in mind that if it snows too much, the pass will remain closed. However, your chances of seeing a snow-covered Nathu La increase if you arrive in November. For those who wish to see the mountain pass and its lakes changed by the snow, this is a wonderful experience all on its own.

Travel Tips

  • The army is not very strict about the photographing ban in this border region.
  • You can have breathing problems because of the thin air because Nathu La is practically in the clouds. If you’re concerned about high altitude sickness, speak to your doctor. Portable oxygen cylinders may also be rented in Gangtok prior to the journey.
  • Nathu La Pass will without a doubt be the part of your Sikkim journey that you remember the most.

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Sikkim to start tourist permits for Tsomgo Lake and Nathula Pass: How to get a permit? Step-by-step guide

The sikkim state government has decided to issue visiting permits for tsomgo lake and nathula pass. as per a notification by the state tourism department, the permits for nathula pass and tsogmo lake will be issued with effect from october 17, 2023..

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New Delhi: In a bid to boost tourism in the state and recover the economic loss caused by a massive flash flood earlier this month, the Sikkim state government has decided to issue visiting permits for Tsomgo Lake and Nathula Pass. As per a notification by the state tourism department, the permits for Nathula Pass and Tsogmo Lake will be issued with effect from October 17, 2023. Because of its geographical configuration and its proximity to neighboring countries like China, Sikkim has certain entry restrictions, and people need permission to visit the areas.

Who needs to have a Restricted Area Permit?

Any international tourist willing to visit the state and enjoy the scenic beauty of mountains and hills needs a Restricted Area Permit (RAP), also known as an Inner Line Permit (ILP). However, this permit is not required by Indian visitors.

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Need for a Protected Area Permit

There are some places in the state where both Indian and foreign visitors need permission to visit. Areas such as Tsomgo Lake, Dzongri, etc. are defined as protected areas and have special army deployments. To make a visit to these areas, both foreigners and Indians require a separate permit known as a Protected Area Permit (PAP). However, a few protected border areas, such as Nathul La, are not accessible to foreigners at all, while Indians can visit the locations with the Protected Area Permit.

How to get a Restricted Area Permit or Inner Line Permit ?

While Indian citizens do not need RAP, international visitors can get the permit in less than 30 minutes through counters. To get this free-of-cost permit, international visitors need to have a valid passport and an Indian visa.

Can also get the permit online

A foreign national can also get Restricted Area Permit online by visiting the website www.sikkimilp.in which saves a lot of hassle and time.

While filling up the online application form, visitors need to choose a tour operator, fill in the date of arrival, passport and visa details, upload their photo, etc. Following that, the documents go through a verification process. Once done, the visitor can take a print of the permit.

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Places to get RAP or ILP

New Delhi – Sikkim House, Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri Kolkata – Sikkim House, 4/1 Middleton Street Siliguri – Office of Sikkim Nationalised Transport, Sevoke Road Bagdogra Airport – Sikkim Tourism Counter Rangpo checkpost (on the way to Gangtok or East Sikkim).

Steps to get Protected Area Permits (PAP)

Protected Area Permits are applicable to both foreigners as well as Indian citizens. As per guidelines, all foreigners should visit the restricted areas in groups of two or more. Solo trips to the protected areas are not permitted. Moreover, foreigners need to apply for the permit through tour operators who are registered with the Sikkim Tourism Department. Must carry a photo Id proff such as a passport, voter’s ID card, driving license, etc. It is noteworthy that PAN card is not accepted.

Where to get a permit for visiting Tsomgo (Changu) Lake

One can get a permit at the Police Check Post to visit Tsomgo (Changu) Lake and Baba Mandir. Foreign travellers can get permits at the Sikkim Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. It is suggested that visitors apply a day before scheduled visit or take help from a travel agent to get it done easily.

Permit for Nathula Pass

While foreigners are not allowed to visit Nathula, Indians can get the permit at police check posts as well as at Sikkim Tourism Department.

It is suggested to apply for a permit in advance to save time.

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Nathula Pass

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Nathula located at the Indo China border at an altitude of 14,100 feet asl is a favorite hotspot place of visit for visitors coming to Sikkim. It is 56 km East of Gangtok and connects the Indian state of Sikkim to Tibet Autonomous Region in China. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan.  It is one of the highest     motorable roads and is covered with rich alpine flora and fauna.  Special permits are required to visit this site and excursions are organized by registered tour operators only.  The Nathula Pass was re-opened for border trade after a gap of 44 years in 2006.  The road to this pass is breathtaking and the landscape is dotted with army settlements. This pass has historical importance and in 1904, Major Francis Younghusband, serving as the British Commissioner to Tibet, led a successful mission through Nathu La to capture Lhasa. It is guarded on both sides by the Chinese and Indian soldiers. At present domestic tourists are given permit to visit Nathula 4 days a week (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday) and the number of vehicles are restricted to visit Nathula each day. Visitors need special permits to visit this high altitude pass. The following 10 Do’s can make your trip to Nathula Pass enjoyable… 1. Get yourself physically examined before starting to Nathula. 2. It is high altitude pass be aware of the reduced oxygen as you go higher – if not well descend immediately. 3. Wear thick woolens, gloves and dark glasses to protect yourself. 4. Check that your local driver is acclimatized to the roads and the weather conditions. 5. Carry enough cash with you to buy necessary essentials. 6. It’s not advisable if children are accompanying you. 7. In case of any emergency, handover your contact addresses or number to someone when you are away as mobile services isn’t available at this site 8. Go in a group, it’s always helpful.

General Information

Location details.

Latitude:     27.386853° Longitude:     88.831131°

Accessibility

STDC (Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation) Travel Division and  local Travel Agents arrange the tour for domestic tourists.

Visit Timings

Best Visit Hours 08:00 Hrs   17:00 Hrs

Entry Criteria

Special permits for domestic visitors has to be obtained from the Tourism Department and Police Check post. International Tourists are not allowed beyond Tsomgo Lake.

•    Maintain the tranquility of the Indo China border. •    Avoid littering the place, dispose your waste responsibly.. •    Drink plenty of water, wear warm clothes, avoid alcohol. •    Avoid trampling high altitude vegetation.

Located at the Indo China border at an altitude of 14,100 ft it is one of the highest motorable roads and hotspot for visitors coming to Sikkim.

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Nathula Pass, an iconic Himalayan gateway, beckons adventurers to embark on a transformative journey to the very roof of Sikkim. With its lofty elevation and rich historical significance, this passage between Sikkim and Tibet promises a unique blend of breathtaking landscapes, cultural encounters, and a sense of achievement that few experiences can match. In this blog post, we delve into the heart of Nathula Pass and unveil the secrets that make it an unparalleled destination for intrepid travelers.

Historical Insights and Geographical Marvels

Steeped in history, Nathula Pass serves as a vestige of ancient trade routes that connected India and Tibet. Learn about the strategic importance of this pass and how it played a pivotal role in shaping the region’s history. Marvel at the impressive engineering feats that allow visitors to traverse this high-altitude wonder. Situated at an elevation of over 14,000 feet, Nathula Pass offers panoramic vistas of snow-clad peaks and rolling valleys, providing a sensory overload that captures the essence of the Himalayas.

Permits and Practicalities

Before embarking on your Nathula Pass adventure, it’s crucial to navigate the intricacies of permits and practical considerations. Discover the steps required to obtain the necessary permits for visiting this restricted area. Plan your journey meticulously, taking into account the best time to visit, weather conditions, and acclimatization strategies. This subheading will equip travelers with the knowledge needed to ensure a seamless and enjoyable expedition.

Cultural Encounters on the Borderline

Nathula Pass transcends its geographical significance to offer a cross-cultural experience like no other. Immerse yourself in the vibrant markets that straddle the border, where traders from both sides converge to exchange goods and stories. Explore ancient monasteries that stand as witnesses to centuries of devotion and faith. Engage with locals who call this region home, and gain insights into their customs, traditions, and daily lives. This subheading highlights the unique blend of cultures that converge at Nathula Pass.

Capturing the Moment: Photography Tips

For photography enthusiasts, Nathula Pass is a visual wonderland waiting to be captured through the lens. Discover expert tips for capturing the raw beauty of this Himalayan masterpiece. From framing majestic peaks against a clear blue sky to capturing candid moments of local life, this subheading will guide you through the art of photography at high altitudes. Unlock the secrets to preserving the awe-inspiring landscapes and cultural interactions in stunning images.

Nathula Pass is more than a geographical crossing; it’s an exploration of history, culture, and nature’s grandeur. As you traverse this iconic passage, you’ll find yourself on a journey that transcends borders and elevates your sense of wonder. Whether you’re drawn to its historical significance, breathtaking vistas, or cultural connections, Nathula Pass promises an unforgettable experience that lingers in your memory long after you’ve descended from the roof of Sikkim.

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Nathula Pass: A truly enigmatic experience

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Wrapped around in the ancient histories of India and China, the Nathula Pass is a snow-shrouded mountain pass situated in the Indo-China border region in the Himalayas. Nestled in the midst of the highest peaks in the world, the Nathula Pass's Height is an awe- inspiring 14,140 feet. Surrounded by glistening snow, the crisp mountain breeze and the low lying clouds make Nathula Pass an enchanting destination.

The Divine Beauty of Nathula Pass

What we now know as the Nathula Pass was once a part of the historic pathways of the Silk Route, which made their way from Lhasa in Tibet to the fertile plains of Bengal. The winding roads of the Gangtok to Nathula Highway is a breathtakingly beautiful sight to behold. Flanked by mountains on one side and pristine blue waters on the other, this sight is indeed ravishing. The Nathula Pass in itself is a delight, with snow finding its way as far as eyes can see. The endless carpet of the shimmering snow is sure to bring out the snowman sculptor in you!

Situated nearby is the fenced Indo-China border, which can be reached by walking a few paces up the stairs. Interestingly, there is no 'no man's land' here, and the armies of both India and China guard their sides of the land. The border check post at Nathula Pass is marked by the Border Gates of India and China, a war memorial and an Exhibition Centre of India Army. Other attractions nearby include the Tsongmo Lake and the Nathula Pass Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple.

Best time to visit Nathula Pass

The best time to visit Nathula Pass is from May to October when you can enjoy the beauty of Nathula Pass without having to endure the extremes of the cold Nathula Pass weather. During the winter months, the Nathula Pass weather is raging with snowfall and the pass remains closed for these months. Note that due to the very high altitude of this region, the levels of oxygen here are low. Tourists are advised to not undertake any strenuous activity and carry plenty of woolen clothes and sunscreen to beat the cold temperatures and direct sunlight.

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The Nathula Pass

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The border gates at Nathula Pass

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The war memorial at Nathula Pass

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How to reach from Gangtok to Nathula Pass

The great Nathula Pass height makes it a treacherous yet adventurous ride. In order to reach Nathula Pass, shared jeeps and other reserved vehicles are available from Gangtok. The Gangtok to Nathula Pass Highway lies en route and is a charming sight to see. Gangtok to Nathula Pass distance is about 54 kilometre. Vehicles only from Sikkim government approved tour operators are allowed in Nathula. Since the condition of the roads is not good, it is advised to take robust vehicles like Jeeps or SUVs while approaching Nathula.

How to get permit for Nathula Pass

The Nathula Pass is a restricted territory, with only citizens of India having access to it after obtaining the required permits. Permits are issued by the Sikkim Tourism Department in Gangtok and can be obtained through a registered tour agency. Some hotels also provide this service. For the permit, one needs a photo ID proof (PAN card not accepted) and two passport size photos each. For a hassle-free visit, one needs to apply for the permit, at least, one day prior to their planned visit. The Nathula Pass permit cost is Rs. 200/- per person. Permits are not required or issued to children below 4 years.

Places to visit around Nathula Pass

Watershed War Memorial: The Watershed War Memorial is a befitting tribute to the brave soldiers of our country, who laid down their lives while protecting the nation in the post- independence period. Located at a distance of about 5 kilometers from the Pass, this memorial reminds one and all of the great sacrifices made by the Army for the nation.

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Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass is a mountain pass in the Eastern Himalayas in Sikkim. The high-altitude pass doubles up as the Indo-Chinese border, which serves as the trade link between India and China. Nestled at an elevation of 14,140 feet, Nathula Pass ranks amongst the highest passes accessible by tourists via motorable roads.

This mountainous pass is one of the oldest trading border posts connecting Tibet and India.  The silk route, an ancient trade route, used to pass through here. Currently, the Nathula Pass is marked by entrance gates of both countries (India and China) and military bunkers on both sides of the gates. It is one of the unmissable attractions in Sikkim.

Do Indians need a permit to visit Nathula Pass?

Yes, Indians require a Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit Nathula Pass. This can be obtained from the Sikkim Tourism, Govt. of Sikkim. For this, you need two passport-size photographs and a valid photo id issued by the State Government or Govt. of India.

What to see in Nathula Pass

The Nathula Pass is one of the most beautiful mountain roads in the world. Here are the top places to see here. 

Things to do at Nathula Pass

  • Trek to Menmecho Lake
  • Visit the War Memorial to feel the courage of Indian soldiers
  • Witness rare flora and fauna species at Zuluk Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Seek blessings at Baba Mandir
  • Swim at Mandakini waterfall
  • Clime the slope and stairs to the Indo-Chinese border

Nathula Pass Entry Timings

The Nathula Pass stays fully closed for tourists usually on Mondays and Tuesdays. However, on other days of the week, the pass is closed by 1:30 pm. Leave in the early morning hours for a comfortable trip.

Best time to visit Nathula Pass

May to October is the best time to visit Nathula Pass. The temperatures are around 10 °C. The winters here experience heavy snowfall with temperatures dropping to -25 °C. For snow lovers, Nathula Pass is at its best this winter but with proper garments. The sight of the snow-capped mountains and valleys is simply unexplainable.

Places to Stay near Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass is a border post and is occupied by the army. Thus, you will find no accommodation here. However, if you are stranded, the Indian Army can accommodate you for one night.

How to Reach Nathula Pass Sikkim

Nathula Pass shares a border with China. It is a highly-sensitive area but you can visit here to see the beauty of nature. The pass is connected well with Gangtok, a town around 54 km away.

Take a flight to Bagdogra Airport, 178 km from Gangtok. It connects to major cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Chennai. From there hire a jeep or cab to Nathula Pass.

If you wish to come by train (which is a more inexpensive mode of transportation), get off at New Jalpaiguri Station in Siliguri, around 98 km from Gangtok. Private or shared cabs and buses are available from here to Gangtok. From there, you can get cabs to Nathula Pass.

Things to remember while traveling to Nathula Pass

  • Carry heavy woolen as the pass is extremely cold throughout the year.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and rest to avoid Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS).
  • Nathula Pass remains shut on Mondays and Tuesdays. Plan accordingly.
  • Carry a medical kit with basic and prescribed medications including vomiting, cold, fever, and cough.

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This area is not just important for history; it’s also full of natural beauty. Imagine seeing snowy mountains, rare flowers, and maybe even some wildlife. People come here to see the beauty and feel the history all around them.

This guide to Nathula Pass will tell you all you need to know to visit this amazing place. It will be your complete guide to Nathula Pass, helping you discover the best spots to see and things to do. Whether you’re reading this as your travel guide to Nathula Pass or just to learn about tourist spots of Nathula Pass, you’ll find all the important details here to plan a memorable trip.

Suggested Read: 8 Places To Visit In Nathang Valley:Explore Off-Beat In Sikkim

History of Nathula Pass

Long ago, this pass was part of the Old Silk Route. This route was like a big road where traders from different places would come to buy and sell things like silk, spices, and jewels. It was very busy and important because it connected different parts of Asia.

However, in 1959, things changed. There was a big problem in Tibet, and the leaders of China decided to close the pass. This meant no one could travel or trade through Nathula Pass for almost 40 years. It became quiet and forgotten.

Then, in 2003, a leader from India named Atal Bihari Vajpayee went to China to talk about opening the pass again. They all agreed, and in 2006, Nathula Pass opened once more. Now, it’s not just a place for traders but also a spot where soldiers from India and China meet to discuss and maintain peace.

Today, Nathula Pass is also famous for tourists. People come to see this historic pass and enjoy the beautiful views around it. Near the pass, there are other tourist attractions near Nathula Pass that tell more about the history and culture of this area. Visiting here is like stepping back in time, and there’s a lot to learn and see.

This guide to Nathula Pass includes stories and facts from the history of Nathula Pass. It shows how this place has seen trade, conflict, and friendship. It’s a reminder of how history shapes the places we visit.

Preparing for Your Trip to Nathula Pass

Travel documents and entry requirements.

Make sure to carry valid identification, like a passport or an Indian voter ID, along with your permit. It’s important to arrange these documents well in advance to ensure your visit goes smoothly.

Health Precautions

Best times to visit, things to do in sikkim, final thought, what to expect – weather and terrain at nathula pass, nathula pass weather conditions.

Winter at Nathula Pass is harsh, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, reaching as low as -20°C in January and February. The pass is usually covered in snow, which can be several feet deep, making it difficult and sometimes impossible to travel.

Clothing and Gear

If you’re planning to walk around and explore, sturdy hiking boots are essential for safe and comfortable movement across the terrain. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also recommended to protect against the sun’s rays, which can be quite harsh at high altitudes.

Remember, the key to a successful visit to this beautiful yet challenging terrain lies in preparation and understanding what to expect from the weather and landscape. By following this complete guide to Nathula Pass, you’ll be well-equipped to enjoy everything the area has to offer, making your journey not just safe but also memorable.

Planning Your Itinerary for a Trip to Nathula Pass

Day 1: arrival and preparation.

  • Arrive in Gangtok: Settle into your accommodation and prepare for the upcoming trip.
  • Gather Information: Visit a local travel agency to confirm your permit for Nathula Pass. Remember, Nathula pass entry requirements must be arranged in advance as you cannot visit the pass without these permits.
  • Briefing Session: Often, your tour guide or agency will offer a briefing session in the evening before the journey. This is covered in the visitors guide to Nathula Pass and will help you know what to expect.

Day 2: Journey to Nathula Pass

  • Early Start: Begin your journey early in the morning from Gangtok to Nathula Pass. The drive takes about 3-4 hours.
  • Scenic Stops: Stop at some tourist spots of Nathula Pass along the way, such as the beautiful Tsomgo Lake and the historic Baba Mandir.
  • Arrive at Nathula: Explore the pass, taking in the stunning views and the rich history. Guides available on site can enhance your experience by providing a detailed travel guide to Nathula Pass.

Day 3: Exploring More and Return

  • Morning Exploration: Spend another few hours in the morning revisiting any spots you missed or particularly enjoyed.
  • Return to Gangtok: After lunch, begin your journey back to Gangtok.
  • Evening at Leisure: Spend your evening relaxing or exploring local markets in Gangtok.

Day 4: Local Culture and Departure

  • Explore Gangtok: Spend your last day exploring local attractions in Gangtok, like the Rumtek Monastery and Enchey Monastery, enriching your trip to Nathula Pass with cultural insights.
  • Departure: Check out from your hotel and proceed to your next destination or back home.

This itinerary is designed as a complete guide to Nathula pass, aiming to provide a fulfilling experience of both Nathula Pass and the surrounding regions. By following this detailed travel guide to Nathula Pass, you’ll ensure a memorable and well-organised journey.

Suggested Read: Travel Guide To Plan A Perfect Sikkim Silk Route Trip

Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Nathula Pass

1. baba harbhajan singh mandir, 2. mera bharat mahan hill, 3. staircase to indo-china border, 4. tsomgo lake, 5. mandakini waterfalls.

Each of these attractions offers a unique experience, making them essential stops on your journey. Remember these tips for visiting Nathula Pass: wear comfortable shoes, carry water, and respect the natural and cultural sites you visit.

Travel Tips To Keep In Mind :

  • Dress Appropriately: The weather at Nathula Pass can change quickly. Wear warm, layered clothing that you can adjust throughout the day. This tip is always highlighted in every guide to Nathula Pass because staying warm and comfortable is crucial at high altitudes.
  • Carry Identification and Permits: Always have your identification and the necessary permits with you. This is essential, as mentioned in the best travel guide to Nathula Pass. Without the right documents, you might not be allowed to enter certain areas.
  • Stay Hydrated: High altitudes can dehydrate you faster than usual. Drink plenty of water throughout your journey. Keeping hydrated is a vital tip for visiting Nathula Pass, helping prevent altitude sickness.
  • Respect Local Customs: Nathula Pass is not just a tourist spot but a region with deep cultural significance. Show respect to local traditions and the environment. Respecting local customs is a responsible way to travel, as you will read in any guide to Nathula Pass.
  • Explore Local Cuisine: Don’t miss trying local Sikkimese dishes. Places to eat in Sikkim offer a variety of foods that are both delicious and unique to the region.
  • Shop Local: Places to shop in Sikkim include local markets where you can buy traditional handicrafts, woollens, and other souvenirs. Shopping locally supports the economy and allows you to bring home a piece of Sikkim.
  • Plan Your Activities: There are many things to do in Sikkim . Whether it’s visiting monasteries, trekking through beautiful landscapes, or simply enjoying the calmness of the mountains, plan your activities according to your interests and physical ability.
  • Use Local Guides: To get the most out of your visit, consider hiring local guides. They provide valuable insights and can enhance your understanding of the area. This is often recommended in every guide to Nathula Pass as it enriches your experience.

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How To Get Inner Line Permit (ILP or RAP)

  • New Delhi - Sikkim House, 14 Panchsheel Marg, Block F, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri. Phone: 011 - 26115171  
  • Kolkata - Sikkim House, 4/1 Middleton Street. Phone:  033 - 22817905 
  • Siliguri - Sikkim Tourist Information, 2nd, Sevoke Road, Ward 10, Dasrath Pally, Janta Nagar. 
  • Rangpo Check Post (on the way to Gangtok or East Sikkim) - issued between 8am to 8pm. 
  • Melli Check Post (on the way to Jorethang/ Namchi/ Pelling/ Yuksom etc) - 8am to 8pm. 
  • Pakyong Airport near Gangtok (Approach the Tourist Office in the arrival hall for assistance) 
  • Burtuk Helipad near Gangtok (if you arrive by helicopter from Bagdogra, approach the office at the helipad area) 
  • Bagdogra Airport - At Sikkim Tourism Counter on arrival. 
  • Darjeeling : It is possible to get the permit (ILP) in Darjeeling although the process could be a little cumbersome at times. 

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Protected areas in sikkim.

  • Tsomgo (Changu) Lake and Baba Mandir permits are issued at the Police Check Post. For foreigners it is also issued by Sikkim Tourism & Civil Aviation Department. 
  • Nathula: Permit for Nathula Pass is issued only to Indians (foreigners are not allowed here). It's issued at Police Check Post as well as at Sikkim Tourism Department. 
  • Dzongri & Goecahala Trek: Permit is issued to both Indians and Foreigners by the Adventure Cell of Sikkim Tourism & Civil Aviation Department. Trek operators can get the permits. 
  • Singalila Trek from Sikkim: Same as above. 
  • Yumthang, Yumesamdong (also known as Zero Point), Thangu/Chopta Valley: Permit is issued to both Indians and Foreigners by the Tourism Department and Police Check Post. 
  • Gurudongmar Lake: Indians can get the permits at Police Check Post while foreigners can get it from Sikkim Tourism Department but only up to Thangu. 
  • There is no protected area in South Sikkim. For example no permit is required for Indians to visit places like Namchi, Ravangla, Jorethang etc. Foreigners only need Restricted Area Permit (i.e. Inner Line Permit) to tour & trek South Sikkim. 

How to get Protected Area Permit (PAP)

Protected area permit for a child.

  • Birth Certificate, or 
  • Passport, or 
  • Father's Voter ID Card (Aadhar or PAN card is not accepted) 

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Foreign nationals.

  • Nationals of Pakistan, China or Myanmar must get prior approval from Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (New Delhi) before they can apply for the Restricted Area Permit (i.e. Inner Line Permit). This is because they are nationals of bordering countries and Indian government has taken this measure to stop any possible infiltration. 
  • Foreign nationals will require a regular tourist visa or an e-Tourist visa along with valid passport to apply for a Sikkim permit, i.e. Restricted Area Permit (ILP) and/or Protected Area Permit. 
  • All foreigners should travel in a group of two or more in protected areas wherever allowed. Solo foreigners are not permitted in protected areas. Additionally foreigners should apply for Protected Area Permit through tour operators who are registered with Sikkim Tourism Department. 
  • Foreigners are not allowed in Nathula Pass and Gurudongmar Lake as these two are international border areas. However with necessary permits, foreign nationals are allowed to visit protected areas such as Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, Tsomgo Lake, Dzongri, Goechala etc. 

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Sikkim Govt Implements Stricter Measures to Curtail Unauthorized Entry into Nathula Pass

Sikkim Tourism Department Implements Stricter Measures to Curtail Unauthorized Entry into Nathula Pass

In a bid to fortify travel regulations and safeguard national security, the Sikkim Tourism Department has unveiled stringent measures aimed at curbing unauthorized entries into Nathula Pass , a pivotal destination in the region. The move follows multiple complaints regarding unpermitted access by taxi operators, prompting swift action to ensure compliance with travel protocols within the state.

The Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation received numerous grievances, highlighting the unauthorized entry of taxi operators into Nathula Pass without the mandated permits. Such breaches are deemed violations of the Restricted Area Permit/Protected Area Permit (RAP/PAP) regime, posing a tangible threat to national security. Emphasizing their exclusive authority, a Home Department notification reiterated that the Sikkim Tourism Department stands as the sole issuer of permits for Nathula visits.

To address these concerns, the department issued a resolute directive mandating that taxi operators and travel agencies obtain Nathula Permits exclusively through registered agencies . It underscores the imperative for tourists to actively verify and secure authorized copies of these permits bearing the department’s official signature from designated travel agencies.

Read: A Comprehensive Guide to Sikkim’s Permits

Efforts are underway at the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation in Gyalshing to educate taxi drivers extensively on the significance of complying with these regulations. The objective is to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the prescribed procedures for acquiring and possessing the requisite permits.

For travelers planning to drive their vehicles in North Sikkim, there are no restrictions provided they procure the necessary permits available from specified locations such as Gangtok, Rongli (for East Sikkim), and Mangan (for North Sikkim). This aligns with the state’s commitment to enabling regulated and secure travel experiences while upholding the required regulatory measures.

Additionally, the entry into Sikkim mandates an Inner Line Permit (ILP) for all visitors, including Indian nationals. For specific destinations like Nathula Pass and Lachung, additional permits are mandatory and obtainable through local travel agents or select hotels offering travel agent services. Presenting a valid photo ID forms part of the standard application process.

Nathula Pass stands among the most coveted destinations in Sikkim, drawing tourists for its historical significance and breathtaking vistas. However, accessing Nathula during peak tourist seasons presents a challenge due to stringent permit regulations. The limited number of vehicles permitted each day adds to the difficulty of securing a trip to this iconic location.

This bottleneck arises from the controlled issuance of permits for Nathula Pass . As a critical border area with historical importance, the authorities strictly regulate the number of vehicles allowed entry on any given day. This limitation is in line with the government’s measures to maintain security protocols and preserve the sanctity of Nathula’s historical and strategic significance.

Such restrictions often lead to high demand for permits, resulting in a scarcity of available slots for vehicle access. Tourists planning to visit Nathula during peak seasons find it challenging to obtain permits due to the overwhelming demand and the capped number of vehicles allowed daily.

Consequently, tourists are advised to plan their Nathula excursions well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to secure permits through registered travel agencies. The limited availability of permits underscores the need for early planning and advanced booking to experience the unparalleled beauty and historical charm of Nathula Pass.

The Sikkim government’s assertive measures against unauthorized taxi entries without proper permits underscore the significance of compliance with local laws. These measures aim to create a secure and regulated travel environment, prioritizing the the safety and integrity of both residents and visitors exploring the picturesque landscapes of Sikkim.

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10 tourist places to visit in Gangtok: Distance, weather, tips

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Weather Around the Year in Gangtok

Top 10 places to visit in gangtok:, nathula pass - gateway to tibet, rumtek monastery - seat of tibetan buddhism, tsomgo lake - jewel of sikkim, ganesh tok - scenic viewpoint, enchey monastery - abode of deities, banjhakri falls and energy park - natural retreat, tashi viewpoint - sunrise spectacle, do drul chorten - sacred stupa, hanuman tok - spiritual haven, flower exhibition centre - floral extravaganza.

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10 tourist places to visit in Gangtok: Distance, weather, tips

T he capital city of Sikkim is a captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and modernity. With its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality, Gangtok offers an unforgettable experience to every visitor. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or a culture buff, Gangtok has something special in store for you. Here's a simplified guide to the top 10 places you must visit when in Gangtok in 2024.

How to Reach Gangtok?

The nearest airport to Gangtok is Bagdogra Airport, located approximately 125 kilometres away. From Bagdogra, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Gangtok, which takes around 4 to 5 hours.

Gangtok is well-connected by road to major cities and towns in Sikkim and neighbouring states. You can drive to Gangtok from Siliguri or Darjeeling, or take a bus from nearby cities.

The nearest railway station to Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, located approximately 120 kilometres away. From New Jalpaiguri, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Gangtok, which takes around 4 to 5 hours.

Weather Around the Year in Gangtok

Spring (March to May):

Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming rhododendrons to Gangtok, making it perfect for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Summer (June to August):

Summer is pleasant in Gangtok, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. It's an ideal time for trekking and exploring the natural beauty of the region.

Monsoon (July to September):

Monsoon brings heavy rainfall to Gangtok, enhancing the lush greenery but also causing landslides and roadblocks. It's advisable to avoid visiting during this time.

Autumn (October to November):

Autumn offers clear skies and cool temperatures, making it a great time for trekking and enjoying panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Winter (December to February):

Winter brings cold temperatures and occasional snowfall to Gangtok, creating a magical winter wonderland. It's a perfect time for snow lovers and those seeking a cosy retreat.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Gangtok:

  • Nathula Pass - Gateway to Tibet

Rumtek Monastery - Seat of Tibetan Buddhism

Tsomgo Lake - Jewel of Sikkim

Ganesh Tok - Scenic Viewpoint

Enchey Monastery - Abode of Deities

Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park - Natural Retreat

Tashi Viewpoint - Sunrise Spectacle

Do Drul Chorten - Sacred Stupa

Hanuman Tok - Spiritual Haven

Flower Exhibition Centre - Floral Extravaganza

Located at an altitude of 14,140 feet, Nathula Pass is a historic mountain pass that connects India with Tibet. You can witness breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and visit the border trade market. Note: Entry to Nathula Pass requires a permit from the Sikkim Tourism Department.

How to Reach: Located approximately 54 kilometres from Gangtok. You can hire a shared taxi or book a guided tour to reach the pass. Due to its high altitude and sensitive border location, access to Nathula Pass requires a permit from the Sikkim Tourism Department.

Things to do: Experience the thrill of standing at the "roof of the world" visit the border trade market and shop for traditional Tibetan artefacts and souvenirs and Witness breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and the Indo-China border

Rumtek Monastery, also known as the Dharma Chakra Centre, is one of the most important monasteries in Sikkim. It's home to precious Buddhist artefacts, ancient murals, and a vibrant community of monks. You can attend prayer ceremonies and soak in the spiritual ambience.

How to reach: Rumtek Monastery is located approximately 24 kilometres from Gangtok. You can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach the monastery.

Things to do: Attend prayer ceremonies and rituals conducted by the resident monks and Visit the Golden Stupa, which houses the relics of the 16th Karmapa

Situated at an altitude of 12,310 feet, Tsomgo Lake is a glacial lake surrounded by steep cliffs and lush forests. You can enjoy yak rides, stroll along the lakeshore, and marvel at the pristine beauty of the surroundings.

How to reach: Tsomgo Lake is located approximately 38 kilometres from Gangtok. You can hire a taxi or take a shared jeep from Gangtok to reach the lake.

Things to do: Enjoy a yak ride around the lake or along the lakeshore and Capture stunning photographs against the backdrop of the turquoise blue waters and snow-clad mountains

Perched at an altitude of 6,500 feet, Ganesh Tok offers panoramic views of Gangtok city and the snow-capped Himalayas. You can explore the small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh and capture stunning photographs against the backdrop of the mountains.

How to reach: Ganesh Tok is located approximately 7 kilometres from Gangtok city centre. You can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach the viewpoint.

Things to do: Visit the small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh and admire panoramic views of Gangtok city.

Enchey Monastery, founded in the 19th century, is a revered religious site in Gangtok. It's known for its unique architectural style, ancient scriptures, and religious festivals. You can seek blessings from the resident monks and witness traditional Cham dances.

How to reach: Enchey Monastery is located approximately 3 kilometres from Gangtok city centre. You can hire a taxi or take a leisurely walk to reach the monastery.

Things to do: Participate in religious ceremonies and witness traditional Cham dances performed by the monks.

Banjhakri Falls is a picturesque waterfall surrounded by lush greenery and rock formations. The adjacent Energy Park features landscaped gardens, statues of Himalayan deities, and picnic spots. You can relax amidst nature and rejuvenate your senses.

How to reach: Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park are located approximately 10 kilometres from Gangtok city centre. You can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach the falls and park.

Things to do: Enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural pool formed by the waterfall and rejuvenate your senses amidst nature's beauty.

Tashi Viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the sunrise over the snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga and the Himalayan range. It's a popular spot for photographers and nature lovers seeking tranquillity amidst nature's beauty.

How to reach: Tashi Viewpoint is located approximately 8 kilometres from Gangtok city centre. You can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach the viewpoint.

Things to do: Witness breathtaking views of the sunrise over the snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga and the Himalayan range and Enjoy a serene morning between nature's beauty and soak in the peaceful ambience of the mountains.

Built-in 1945, Do Drul Chorten is a prominent Buddhist stupa adorned with prayer wheels and religious relics. You can circumambulate the stupa, offer prayers, and experience a sense of peace and serenity.

How to reach: Do Drul Chorten is located approximately 2 kilometres from Gangtok city centre. You can hire a taxi or take a walk to reach the sacred stupa.

Things to do: Circumambulate the stupa and spin the prayer wheels, offering prayers for blessings and good fortune.

Hanuman Tok is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, perched atop a hill overlooking Gangtok city. You can climb the staircase adorned with colourful prayer flags, offer prayers at the temple, and enjoy panoramic views of the surroundings.

How to reach: Hanuman Tok is located approximately 11 kilometres from Gangtok city centre. You can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach the temple.

Things to do: Enjoy panoramic views of Gangtok city, the Teesta River, and the surrounding mountains from the temple's vantage point and offer prayers at the temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

The Flower Exhibition Centre showcases the rich floral diversity of Sikkim with its vibrant orchids, rhododendrons, and other exotic flowers. You can stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens and admire the colourful blooms.

How to reach: The Flower Exhibition Centre is located in Gangtok city centre, near Ridge Park. You can easily walk to the exhibition centre or hire a taxi for convenience.

Things to do: Learn about Sikkim's rich floral diversity and horticultural practices through informative displays and exhibitions at the Flower Exhibition Centre.

Gangtok, with its scenic beauty, rich culture, and spiritual heritage, offers a memorable experience to every traveller. Whether you're exploring ancient monasteries, marvelling at majestic waterfalls, or soaking in panoramic views of the Himalayas, Gangtok never fails to enchant its visitors. So pack your bags, embark on a journey to Gangtok, and create timeless memories amidst the charm of the Himalayas.

Frequently asked questions

1. What is the best time to visit Gangtok?

The best time to visit Gangtok is during the spring and autumn months, from March to May and October to November, respectively. During these times, the weather is pleasant, and the skies are clear, making it ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

2. How can I obtain permits for visiting restricted areas like Nathula Pass?

Permits for visiting restricted areas like Nathula Pass can be obtained through authorised travel agents or the Sikkim Tourism Department. Visitors are required to submit valid identification documents and may need to provide additional information depending on the specific permit requirements.

3. Are there any trekking opportunities near Gangtok?

Yes, Gangtok and its surrounding areas offer numerous trekking opportunities for adventure enthusiasts. Popular trekking destinations include Dzongri Trek, Goecha La Trek, and Singalila Ridge Trek, among others. These treks offer breathtaking views of the Himalayas, pristine landscapes, and opportunities to explore remote villages and monasteries along the way.

4. What are some must-try local dishes in Gangtok?

Gangtok is renowned for its diverse culinary scene, influenced by Tibetan, Nepali, and Bhutanese cuisines. Some must-try local dishes include momos (steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables), thukpa (noodle soup), gyathuk (stir-fried noodles), phagshapa (pork belly stew), and sel roti (traditional rice flour bread). Visitors can sample these delicious dishes at local eateries, street food stalls, and restaurants throughout Gangtok.

5. What cultural experiences can I expect in Gangtok?

Gangtok boasts a rich cultural heritage, with influences from Tibetan Buddhism, Nepali traditions, and indigenous Sikkimese culture. Visitors can immerse themselves in cultural experiences such as attending monastery festivals and religious ceremonies, exploring traditional handicraft markets, learning about local customs and rituals, and participating in cultural performances like Cham dances.

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