Hundreds of tourists stuck in Sikkim

May 31, 2012, 02:26 IST | PTI

An estimated 4,000 tourists are reported to be put up in shelters provided by the army at their bases beyond 15 mile en route to Tsomgo Lake and Nathula here after they were stuck because of bad weather.

Incidentally, today was also the first day of the week when Nathula is open to tourists as any traffic up to the India-China border remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

The tourists had gone sightseeing and were stuck after rains brought down heavy boulders on to Jawaharlal Nehru Road, the link road between Gangtok and Tsomgo Lake.

Speaking to PTI, Lukendra Rasaily, president of Travel Agents Association of Sikkim (TAAS) said that the boulders had started falling on the road after 2 pm and around 4 pm the road was completely blocked after a fresh landslide hit the area above 15 Mile.

This is also the same road that leads to Nathula where the India-China border trade takes place.

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