Nathu La Pass
Visitors to the area are enchanted by the natural beauty and cold mountainous air blowing in from the Himalayas. The Indo-Chinese border post is also evident at a short distance. The cascading waterfalls are awe inspiring as is the beautiful Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake that is unpolluted with no human inhabitation. Bird watchers are delighted to spot black eagles, tit-babblers, blue whistling thrush and many other rare birds in its vicinity. Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, a shrine built in the memory of an Ex Indian Army personnel happens to be the main attraction here.
There are numerous paranormal stories associated with him that has the tourists enthralled. The Indians are overwhelmed by patriotism on observing the words, ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’ on a hill en route to the shrine.
It is essential to obtain a permit costing Rs 200 from the Tourism & Civil Aviation Departments before travelling to the Pass. However, only Indian citizens are permitted as of now.
Best Time to Visit
Tourists need to be cautious about visiting the Pass as the weather is intensely cold with the temperature dropping well below zero. It is advisable to visit the area during the summer (April to June) or the autumn (October & November). Nathula Pass remains open for visitors Wednesdays through Sunday..
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