Natu La between Sikkim and Chumbi Valley

Natu La between Sikkim and Chumbi Valley

1998.286.12 (Glass negative)

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Key Information


Sir Charles Bell or Rabden Lepcha?


Sir Charles Bell

Date of Photo



Chumbi Valley Region > Natu La

Accession number


Group of people with a horse in the Natu Pass between Sikkim and Chumbi Valley

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative Quarter Plate , Copy Negative

Date Acquired

Donated 1983

Donated by

St Antony's College, Oxford

Copy difference

Copy Neg Intensifier


Sir Charles Bell's Mission to Lhasa 1920-21

Revised Photographer

Not Bell?

Previous Catologue Number


Previous Pitt Rivers Museum Number


Related Collections

British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Bell's List of Illustrations entry: "[No. of chapter] III. [Subject of Chapter] Mountains, rivers, lakes, climate, rainfall, and trade routes. [Subject of Illustration] Q.14. (r) The Natu Pass between Sikkim and Chumbi Valley in Tibet. [Where placed - book page] G.J."

Contemporary Publication -

Contemporary Publication - Published in 'A Year in Lhasa' in The Geographical Journal, February,1924, facing p.92:"The Natu La between Sikkim and Tibet". This piece was derived from a lecture given to the Royal Geographical Society in London on 3rd December 1923 [MS 10/9/2004]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Sir Charles Bell wrote of Na-tu La:"The route from Kalimpong to Lhasa passes through south-eastern Sikkim and crosses the frontier into Tibet via the Dze-lep La . Four miles to the north-west of this pass is the Na-tu La on the road to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim." 'The People of Tibet', Bell, C. A., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1928, p.113

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Natu La between Sikkim and Chumbi Valley" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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