A good news for all the adventure seekers and mountain lovers, the mesmerising Nelong Valley is now open for public. This valley, situated 45 km from Indo-China border, was closed for public after the 1962 Sino-Indian War. After more than half a century, civilians have got a chance to witness the beauty of this mountain desert. Located at an altitude of over 11,000 ft above sea level, this valley boasts of a mountain desert topography. This picturesque valley is a part of the Gangotri National Park and is home to endangered animals such as the snow leopard, musk deer and blue sheep. The scenic view of the Tibetan Plateau from here is sure to mesmerise you.
Nelong Valley is located at a distance of approximately 315 km from the city of Dehradun. Reach Bhairavghati, which is around 100 km from Uttarkashi and then take a 25 km ride to reach the valley. Private vehicles are not allowed here, so you have to take a forest department vehicle.
Only six forest department vehicles are allowed in a day with four people each. As the government is trying to promote tourism in the valley, this might change in the coming days. Before entering, you have to take a permit from the sub-divisional magistrate. Also, a fitness certificate is mandatory to enter the valley. Due to its strategic location, entry of foreigners is not permitted inside the valley.
As night stay is not allowed inside the valley, you have to find an accommodation option in Bhairavghati. Many budget hotels are located here where you can enjoy a comfortable stay. Garwal Mandal Vikash Nigam is a semi-government guest house that offers a comfortable stay to its guests.
What to Pack
While packing for a visit to this exotic destination, do not forget to pack your woollens and sport shoes. Also, do carry a power bank, a map, sunglasses, sunblock and a first-aid box with you. Pack your bags like a pro so that you are equipped with everything you need for the trip.
The only time you can visit Nelong Valley is from May to November. It stays closed in the winter months.
After visiting Nelong Valley, you can visit a number of attractions dotted across the region. Padang Temple, located 3500 ft, is dedicated to Kaal Bhairav and is worth a visit. If you have time, do not forget to seek blessings at the famous Gangotri Temple and explore the scenic destination of Gangotri.
Nelong Valley is a sheer delight for adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers and photographers. Plan a trip to this mesmerising destination to witness its pristine beauty.
About the Author –
Kanika Agarwal is an avid traveller and likes to express simply by words of her experience. She admires natural beauty and her dream is to explore the unexplored.
Photo Credits – Anurag Dixit and Hotel Association Uttarkashi