En route to Zuluk, I witnessed some of the brilliantly coloured orchids Zuluk is a small hamlet in the Sikkimese Himalaya from where the zigzag route lead me to gnathang valley . Due to snow covered trail, the wheels of my car were cable coiled . I stay a night at sub zero temperature at a Homestay in gnathang valley
We finally reached Gnathang at around 3'o'clock in the afternoon.Gnathang Valley or Nathang Valley is popularly called the "Ladakh of the East India". Situated at the height of 13,000 ft. above the sea level Nathang Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Old-Silk-Route. Surrounded by snow capped hills and mountains the valley is basically an army cantonement. Chinese Watch Towers on Jelep La are clearly visible from Nathang valley in naked eyes. Nathang is the highest location to stay in the Indian part of the Old Silk Route. It is one of the remotest Tibetan habitations in Himalayas.Nathang Valley appears in different colours in different times of the year. In autumn it looks golden when the grass dries up, in rainy season it's covered in flowers and in winter it is buried in 5 feet of snow. Nathang Valley is also visited by migratory birds just before the onset of winter.
Cycling through land mine areas and sniper ranges of Nathula.Gnathang – Nathula Pass – Gnathang (13,500 ft- 14,140 ft - 13,500 ft).Distance: 29 kmComing this far, we all wanted to cycle on the fourth day and reach Nathula. We got multiple pep talks from our guides, Bikash and Shanti di, and this was enough motivation to keep us going.The winds at Nathula made cycling challenging for all riders. I was riding alongside the 13-year-old, who would ride past me humming, "I like to move it, move it..." If anything, it was the goofing around on this route that kept our spirits high.We crossed the majestic Elephant Lake, the famous Baba Harbhajan Mandir, Hangu Lake and Tsomgo Lake on our way to one of the highest passes and every pitstop was beyond an overwhelming experience. At Nathula, we entered the army settlements and across the border gate we could see the fluttering Chinese flags reminding us how far we had come.We returned to our homestay in Gnathang and spent the night playing memory games, atlas, bluff and even invented a few new games that night. The bukhari and warm chang made us all the more comfortable and by the end of the games, the doctor in the squad was declared the "Bluffmaster" that night.
Gnathang Valley,East Sikkim-The Gnathang Valley located an altitude of about 13,500 feet above sea level is a valley in the middle of the ancient silk route.The Gnathang valley has an awesome landscape view and the scenery is magnificent.There are some nice newly-built, well equipped modern homestays at Gnathang Valley, which offer basic but comfortable accommodation with the very essentials like hot meals,hot water,beds,british time room heaters,western bathrooms, 24-hr electricity and blankets.There are sunrise view points such as Eagle's nest Bunker & Lungthu just below Gnathang.You would find a small Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery in the valley and rest is all endless stretches of grassland surrounded by high mountains but beautiful in everyway.Gnathang falls in the middle of the Silk Route circuit and is the most scenic place to stay which makes it a valley which must be in every tourist's bucket list who visits Sikkim.