The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok is a remarkably alluring place. It has a magnificent view of Mt.Kanchenjunga. Gangtok is also a base for a lot of trekkers going to the Himalayan mountain ranges. The name Gangtok means Hill-Top. It is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful hill stations in India. The mesmerising charm and the gorgeous winding hill trails are even more amazing when viewed from a bird’s eye view.
Gangtok has a perfect blend of cultural identities and urbanisation. From Gangtok, you can get a breathtaking view of the third highest peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga. The place has amazing natural beauty and natural attractions like the Tsomgo Lake, Ban Jhakri falls and Tashi viewpoint.
River Teesta in Gangtok is the best points for white water rafting in North East India. Other sites to tour involve the Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok and Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery.
Nathu La Pass
Nathu La Pass is one of the highest motorable trails in the world. It is a mountain route in the Himalayan mountains that co-joins Sikkim and China. Located on the Indo-Tibetan border 14450 ft. above sea level, Nathu La is one of the most prominent Himalayan tracks in the country. Nathu means ‘listening ears’, and La means ‘pass’.
There are a total of three open trading border posts between India and China and Nathu La is one of them. It is well-known for its picturesque charm and pleasant atmosphere. The climate here is cold for most parts of the year making it a popular place for sightseers during summer.
Nathula Pass is located on the Indo-Chinese border and is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in India. Several tourists come here every year for trekking and experiencing the spectacular view and beauty. Many waterfalls gush along the way from Gangtok to Nathu La. It also allows seeing majestic snow peaks surrounding the area. The area also holds Himalayan wildlife like Tibetan gazelle, snow leopard, yaks, Tibetan wolves, etc. Nathu La Pass has a rich variety of flora apart from a striking wildlife variety.
Nathula Pass has heavy snowfall throughout winter. The temperature drops down to -25 degrees Celcius. If you love snow, you should go to Nathula Pass during winter and carry with you thick woollen clothes.
Indian Nationals can take a valid permit to visit Nathu La Pass is. You need to apply to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department for the permit. Your registered travel agency can help you with this. You need to show a valid identity proof and two photographs.