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The Forbidden Nelang Valley

This beautiful valley is located on the border district of Uttarkashi in India at the Indo-China Border and is at a height of over 11,000 feet above the sea level. Nelang Valley is the rising point of one of the largest tributaries of the Bhagirathi river known as Jadh Ganga. This is a troubled land as the valley in India is being claimed by China.

Nelang Valley is at a distance of 5 km from Dhumku. Nelang literally means ‘Place of blue stones.’ The Indo-China border conflict in 1962 resulted in the denial of access to civilians in this beautiful place. No more exploration of this area by travel enthusiasts is possible due to this restriction. But in May 2015, the Uttarakhand government finally lifted the restriction and opened the valley for tourists in a bid to promote eco-tourism. However there are still some restrictions as the valley is open only during the day for a few hours. Only six vehicles are allowed in the valley with just six tourists each. Inspite of all the restrictions, Nelang Valley is definitely an adventurer’s delight and an unexplored paradise.

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