Located at an altitude of 13,500 feet, the Nathang valley is a true paradise. Earlier, it was the home to traditional yak herders who came from Tibet. Situated in the East Sikkim on the Old Silk Route of India, a few streams crisscross the valley, and prayer flags flutter on the mountain edges on this vast plain. The valley in under a snow bedsheet from January to April. Also, the beautiful Sikkim is India’s first 100% organic state.
Knwon as the Ladakh of East, the Nathang Valley is a pure and raw piece of beauty. It appears in different colours in different times of the year. The dried grasses during autumn turns the place to a golden village. On contrary, the rainy season makes the place colorful with beautiful flowers. During winters, the temperature falls below zero degrees. The alluring white scapes and illusion of sky touching the hills is a lifetime experience.
What to see in Nathang Valley:
Apart from its scenic beauty, the valley has some nice places to visit too. These include the lively Durga and Krishna temple and Buddhist monastery. Behind the Durga temple lies a frozen pond where you can find rare black-orangish Brahminy ducks. Other places to see are the historical Dafter bungalow, the Zuluk loop, the cave-like Nag Temple. Zuluk has high diversity of Himalayan fauna.
If you visit before winters, you might capture a great sight of migratory birds. Also, the Eagle’s Nest Bunker lies a few minutes away from the main valley. It gives a 360-degree view of the stretch of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the rugged terrains and mighty Brahmaputra river.
You can also cover Padamchen, Genmochen, Thambi View Point, Kupup Lake, Tukla Valley, Baba Mandir. Other worth seeing lakes are orepokri, Green Lake, Changu Lake and Menmecho Lake are only 25 km away from Nathang Valley.
If you want to explore more, move ahead to Nathula Pass which is situated at a height of 14,400 ft above sea level. From here you can see the border gate of China and India here.