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Nelong Valley : Another ladakh in Uttarakhand

Nelong Valley situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The Valley reopened in May 2015 after a long time of 53 years for tourists. Nelong valley shuts down after Sino – Indian war held on 1962, but before the war, it was the major corridor for Indo-Tibetan trade. The unexplored Nelong valley, situated in picturesque Gangotri National Park at an altitude of almost 11,000 feet, has a mountain desert landscape much like Lahaul-Spiti and Leh-Ladakh. Apart from the charming landscapes, Nelong Valley also the house of some most important wild beast species like snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, and musk deer. Tourists cannot get their personal vehicle in Nelong valley, they have to travel only by 6 forest vehicles carrying 4 tourists each on a daily basis as per restriction imposed by state govt. For now, Nelong valley only opened for Indian citizens because of close proximity to Indo-China border and overnight stay won't be permitted for tourists. Because of its location lies on Gangotri National Park, so forest department of the state would be facilitating tourism in the region, tourists would require a fitness certificate along with a permit from the sub-divisional magistrate. Nelong Valley is located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand and nearby to Harsil. Moreover, the valley is ideally connected with cities like Dehradun , Rishikesh, and Haridwar by road. Dehradun is around 230 km from Nelong valley. You can hire a cab or take a shared vehicle in the early morning from here and reach Bhairo Ghati that is few kilometres away from the Gangotri shrine. Then, hire forest department provided gypsies from Bhairo Ghati to Nelong Valley.

 

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