Giving a gift to the tourists, Uttarakhand government has settled on opening the Nelang Valley in Uttarakhand for Indian tourists. Located on the Indo-China border at a height of over 11,000 feet above the sea level, the valley was closed for civilians after the 1962 Sino-Indian border conflict.
A part of the Gangotri National Park, the valley will open in daytime for restricted hours and only six vehicles will be allowed to enter each carrying six tourists. However, foreign tourists will have to wait for the next order from government to visit the valley.
After the aggression from China in 1962, Bhutiya villagers were rehabilitated to Dunda and other locations in Uttarkashi and army posts were set up in villages on the border. But now, after more than 50 years, tourists can get a chance to enjoy the beauty of the valley; and get glimpses of exotic wildlife such as Himalayan blue sheep and snow leopard.
An important point for cross-border traders pre-war, Nelang valley still has structures which are related to the old trade route. Gartang Galion, a wooden bridge and the Lal Devta temple are such points in the area which fall on the route for Tibet.
Lal Devta Temple
Tourists can board safari jeeps for travelling to Nelong Valley from Bhairavghati which is 25 Km ride. Only the jeeps which are registered with forest department can be used for carrying the tourists. As the valley re-opens now, tourists can also get a chance to see Tibetan plateau.
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