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Nathu La


Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km east of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim. Only citizens of India can visit the pass, that too after obtaining a permit in Gangtok.

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Google previewSouth Asia Security Trends (2007)

by Rahul K. Bhonsle

Nathu La is a strategic outpost on the Silk Route which had been a prosperous pathway of commerce for the people of Sikkim as well as North Bengal before the 1962 Indo-China War. The new era of transparency in relations between New ...

Google previewThe Royal Engineers Journal (1905)

THE Nathu La is a pass over the range of mountains which divides the State of Sikkim from the Chumbi Valley in Tibet. The construction of the road was undertaken in connection with the Tibet Mission in 1904, with the ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopaedia Of India : (2006)

by Kulwant Rai Gupta, Amita Gupta

The high altitudes allow travel only to a few passes, notably the Jelep La and Nathu La on the main Indo-Tibet trade route through the Chumbi Valley in the north-east of Darjeeling and Shipki La in the Sutlej Valley in the north-east of Kalpa ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Tourism Resources in India (2001)

by Manohar Sajnani

The Nathu La, on the eastern side of Sikkim has great strategic value at its commanding height of 15512 feet. The Jelep La, another strategic pass, is situated at an altitude of 13254 feet (La means a pass). Both are located in the Chola range ...

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