This valley is a high elevation plateau located in East Sikkim. Approximately 13500 ft high, Gnathang Valley is an unusual tourists destination with mountains, streams and breathtaking landscapes. Popularly called as the Ladakh of East, Gnathang Valley look simply foreign in every season! Nathang valley is also an significant ski point of Sikkim. Few homestays have been set off late by the local villagers. No hotels or resorts as such.
Nathang is the highest location to stay in the Indian part of the Old Silk Route. It is one of the furthest Tibetan habitations in Himalayas. Nathang Valley more often than not remains enclosed with thick snow from “January to April”. Recently, few homestays with modern facilities have been build with aid from the Government by the local villagers to lodge tourists. Nathang Valley is the most scenic purpose in the whole of Old Silk Route and the dawn points of Lungthung, Eagles Nest dugout are only 5 kms from here.
Near By Attractions of Nathang Valley
- Baba Mandir
- Thambi View Point
- Kupup Lake
- Tukla Lake
Baba Mandirn in Nathang Valley
Baba Mandir is a illustrious tourism place of Sikkim. This shrine or “mandir” is devoted to “Baba” Harbhajan Singh, who was a fighter of the Indian Military. He died close to the “Nathula Pass” in eastern Sikkim of India. Two shrines have been build to show respect to Baba Harbhajan Singh. The old one has been built at the site of the bunker, where Baba Harbhajan was post during his tenure in the Indian Army. The new one has been build at close nearness from Changu Lake.
Padamchen in Nathang Valley
Lying in the slopes of the Himalayan foothills, Padamchen is a village bounded by a forest full of bird chirps. The two factors making this village on Silk Route circuit one of the most excellent place for staying are the waterfall, its best weather conditions. It is a good halt before mountaineering the high-altitude Nathang Valley or Kupup Lake. Padamchen rests at an elevation of 7,000 ft and is splendid in its own way. It boasts of the wonderful scenery and winding roads. It is 14 kms from Rongli and 8 kms from Zuluk.The panoramic village of the Sikkim Silk route circuit truly offers a stimulating relief. The Heritage Forest Rest house at Padamchen will take you to the older days of the Forest Sahibs and Officers, who used to travel this way.
Thambi View Point in Nathang Valley
Here is another jewel you can embed in your Old Silk Route-Zuluk itinerary crown. It is called the Thambi View Point. Standing at an height of 11,200 feet, this view point offers a clear view of Mount Kanchenjunga in all its serenity. It is situated 14 kms north of Zuluk, can be reached through the popular three-level Zig-Zag road, popularly called as “Bhulbhulaiya”. The view point has been name after the civil engineer who was assign during the building of the road. It is also frequent by tourists who come here to view lovely sunrises and the Zig-Zag route in its entirety.
Best time to reach Nathang Valley
October is a excellent time to visit Nathang when the weather remains moderate, favorable and the sky remains clear. If you enjoy chilling weather, you can visit between “November and January” when the place gets snow, the view all around remains nothing but white which have its own attraction. Beyond January, the Silk Route remains closed because of heavy snowstorm and re-opens in the region of April. The time of getting the road stopped up, open depends on nature and no one can forecast that. So I am just sharing the universal thing and it may change.
How to reach Nathang Valley
By Air : The nearest airport is at Siliguri and after that you can take rented vehicles that would take 7 to 8 hours to reach Gnathang Valley.
By Train : NJP would your closest railway station. From there you have to obtain private vehicles to arrive at Nathang Valley.
By Road : Your closest airport would be Bagdogra. From Bagdogra it would take approximately 8 hrs to arrive at Nathang Valley in private taxis.
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