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NATHU LA

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Related Topic in KAS Prelims Syllabus:

Geography [Paper-I]: Physical, Social, Economic Geography of World, India and Kerala

News

Indian Army has rescued about 1,500 tourists who were stranded in Nathu La after heavy snowfall blocked the Jawaharlal Nehru road in Sikkim.

About Nathu La

  • It is a mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district. 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.
  • It was closed after the Chinese aggression on India in 1962 but was reopened in 2006 as the governments of the two countries decided to enhance their trade through land routes.
  • Nathu means listening ears and La means pass in Tibetan.

Additional Info

A mountain pass is a navigable route through a mountain range or over a ridge.

[Source: All India Radio]

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