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Nathula Pass - Trekking the Rough Terrain

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By Mukti Sharma

We were told – its the rough terrain. What we found was totally different – it was very beautiful – till we reached the destination – Nathula Pass. Surviving at a height of more than 14,000ft is not a easy task. The daredevils stay here – the men and women in the Green Dress amongst the Green. By being difficult it does not mean the sun is the scorchiest here or the sands here is the deepest. In fact, these two are the rare ones to be found. What you find here is the Green Grass, the beautiful flowers, the harsh mountains and the snow claded lands. Welcome to the land of harshiest mountains – the Nathula Pass.

Nathula Pass stands as the Indo China Border. A thin Barbed wire divides the two lands – India and China. 45 years have passed since the Sino – India War, when this Border has been again opened for the common man to see. Rain drips at the window panes of our cab which is there to take us to the heights of Nathula Pass. The Red and Purple flowers bliss themselves across the Army Area which is throughout the road to Nathula Pass. The clouds are dancing to their own tunes as they move near us and then slowly and gradually pass over the seemingly near mountains. Its a beauty to see. We can see the small hut or the House from a distance. This red colored wooden creek can be seen from our window – with our Cab Driver shouting - “ See that – that is the Indo China Border Hut. That small red colored structure. On the one side of this Indian are there and on the other side of it there are Chinese. A lot of Checking is there Sir”.

Queued and Checked we reach the Nathula Pass – the Hut above the Ground and the Barbed Wire. We can also see a Chinese Major standing on the other side of the barbed wire. What a apathy – a single wire, cutting across the two Borders. The climate changing dramatically from sub – tropical, temperate, dry alpine and finally tundra. This is the beauty of the place – how a man can survive in such drastically changing weather conditions.

Reaching here is also not easy, there is one place where you can sit down and rest, eat and drink tea - The Tosmgo Lake. One of the most beautiful lakes of Gangtok, its get closed in the months of November to January end due to heavy snowfall. Then comes the other stop - Baba Harbhajan Singhs Samadhi – the subedar of ARMY REIGMENT WHO LOST HIS LIFE BRINGING SUPPLY FOR THE REGIMENT. Thousands of people come here to seek the blessings of Baba.

Going up and down the hill is the main thing – its the eternal beauty of the place which calls the people from world over. Unlike the other Hill station of Eastern India like – Tezu, Tawang, Kalimpong and Darjeeling, a trip to Nathula Pass of Gangtok offers something Unique – a place where everyone must go.

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