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Written by Buvaneshwari Gopinath on July 1, 2020 Share on

Explore the chilly corners of Nathang Valley, Sikkim

Situated over 13500 feet above sea level in the state of Sikkim is the Nathang Valley, known as the Ladakh of East Sikkim. Home to the yak herders from Tibet, the town is surrounded by streams, valleys, mountains and thus being one of the magical places in Sikkim. Also spelt as Gnathang Valley, most people over there follow Buddhism and the place has a decent amount of history involved with it. During the winter, the land is covered with 5 feet snow and can get really chilly. The Nathang valley also falls in the middle of the Old Silk Route between India and China.

Nathang Valley in Sikkim
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Best time to visit Nathang Valley

The Valley experiences different seasons throughout the year. The different seasons give out different views. For all those wanting to look for warmth and colours, visit the Nathang valley between the months from June to September, where you can see wildflowers blooming. In the months from January to April, the town is covered in snow and is white as far as your eyes can see. For all those people who cannot tolerate the cold weather but want to experience both climates, spring is the perfect time to visit. In the months of September to January, feel the chill breeze as you touch the beautiful flowers and have a spectacular view of the golden hue coloured grasslands.

How to get to Nathang Valley?

Since the valley is located in Indo-China border, you might have to get a pass or permit to visit here. Post that, you can take a flight to Bagdogra airport and then hire a cab to reach the Nathang Valley.

Things to do in Nathang Valley

1. Eagle’s Bunker

Eagle’s bunker is a famous viewpoint in the Nathang Valley. Get a glimpse of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga, the fields of the neighbouring countries and the gushing waters of River Brahmaputra. There are no words that could truly describe the sight that is fascinating as this.

2. Nathula Pass

A gateway or the border between India and China is the Nathula Pass. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and snowcapped mountains, The place can be visited by any Indian national only on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. To even visit this place, you need to get a prior permit at the tourism office. The permit can be obtained from the tourism office located in the city of Gangtok. All the effort is worth as it is one of the best things to do in Sikkim.

Nathula Pass
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3. Kupup Lake

Shaped like an elephant, is the famous Kupup lake located at an altitude of 14000 feet. Fondly known as the elephant lake by the locals, it is one of the major attractions in Nathang valley. Alongside the lake, the valley also has its own Ice hockey ground, golf course, and water polo pool. These are some of the gaming grounds that are located on the highest points.

4. Menmecho Lake

Located 60 kilometres from Gangtok is a lake called the Menmecho lake. Sheltered between the mountains of Jeelep la, the lake gets its water from the river Rongpo Chu. The water that flows through the river is actually from the snow that melts.

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