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Nelong Valley in Uttarakhand opened first time for tourists after closure in 1962

May 22, 2015 17:00 IST

Nelong Valley: A picturesque valley located 45 km away from the Indo-China border

Authorities of the Gangotri National Park in Uttarakhand on 21 May 2015 opened the Nelong Valley for tourists for the first time since its closure in 1962.

However, foreign tourists are still not allowed into the valley.

Nelong valley, situated 45 km away from the Indo-China border in the Uttarkashi district, was closed for civilians after the 1962 war between both the countries.

After the war, villagers were shifted out of the valley and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) checkpoints were set up to augment the security along the border.

Located at a height of 11600 feet, it is a cold desert offering a view of the Tibetan Plateau in China and home to snow leopard and the Himalayan blue sheep.

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