Nathang Valley, Sikkim

Nathang Valley

At an altitude of 13500ft Nathang Valley or Gnathang Valley is popularly known as the ‘Ladakh of East India’. Nathang Valley is also considered as the highest and most beautiful point to stay in the Indian Part of the old silk route at Sikkim. Surrounded by the snow-capped mountains Nathang Valley due to its harsh cold weather had remained sparsely populated for many centuries making it a cold desert. With meandering crisscrossing stream Nathang Valley is one of the most remote valleys with Tibetan habilitation in Himalayas.

Nathang Valley is one of the hidden gems of the eastern part of Sikkim region due to its extreme cold weather many travelers are still unaware about the astounding beauty Nathang Valley offers to its visitor. Reminisce of the old silk route still lingers in the Nathang Valley and can be felt while traveling to the Ladakh of East India. Flanked by the mountain on all the sides and visited by migratory birds just before the onset of the winter, Nathang Valley is a gateway to escape from the hordes of people in a din and bustle life of city. The view of clouds surrounding the snow clad mountains and the Chinese Watch Towers on Jelep La are clearly visible from Nathang valley with naked eyes, it is a sight which have lured many travelers from around the world. Watching the awe-inspiring phenomena of the sun rising above the horizon and slowly revealing the entire Bhutan Valley and a part of China whilst glazing the Mt Kanchenjunga with a golden and orange hue and making its shine like covered with diamonds from Ganek in Nathang Valley is a spell bounding phenomena. It usually remains covered with thick snow from January to April making Nathang Valley look like a winter wonderland. With an uphill trek of 10mins from the Nathang Valley visitors can witness an astounding panoramic view of the entire Eastern Himalayas, with Bhutan, China, the hills of Bengal including Darjeeling, the entire Mt. Kanchenjunga range and River Brahmaputra meandering across China and entering India. Every season highlight different aspects of Nathang Valley. In autumn the valley looks like it’s covered in a carpet of golden and brown crest when the grass dries up, in rainy season it’s covered in colorful riot of beautiful flowers and during winter Nathang Valley is buried in 5 feet of snow.

Witness a sun rise beyond the description from a valley where the legacy of the glorious silk route still lingers, while basking in a sight of rolling grassland surrounded by the majestic mountains and fluttering prayer flag dotting the hills of Nathang Valley, it is a valley which shows the glimpse of heaven for all nature lovers travelling to west Sikkim.

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