Nelong Valley is a restricted area as it is located on the borders. The entry for tourists is only up to 25 kilometers inside the restricted area. There are army officials at the border who check the permit to tourists to visit Nelong Valley.
And as they say , Good things don't come easy - The permit process is a little complicated one and takes around two or three days. After reaching Uttarakhand and arranging yourself in a hotel or resort you can begin the process of applying for permission to visit Nelong valley.
A step by step process to apply for the permit to visit Nelong Valley is given below:
First of all, you have to write an application in Hindi to the District Magistrate. The Districts Magistrate's office is located in Bhatwari. The application should contain details like the reason why you want to visit Nelong valley, the number, and the names of people who are visiting.
The application must be attached with a photocopy of everyone's ID proofs. And also don't forget to take three photocopies of the application along with ID proofs.
The District Magistrate will give you a letter after signing your original set of the application with ID proofs and keeps one set of copies with him.
Now, the next step is to submit another set of your application with ID proofs and get the original copy signed at the main office in the Forest office in Kotbanga, which is two kilometers uphill from Uttarkashi. The office gives you a letter of approval.
Now go to the District Thana right behind the famous Vishwanath Temple of Uttarkashi. Submit another set of your application with ID to the Local Intelligence Unit there.
The officers there might ask you a set of questions relating to your occupation, personal information, etc. After the officer signs the original copy, you will be given a letter of approval.
Finally, go back to the District Magistrate's office which is a ten-minute walk from the Local Intelligence Unit. Submit all the letters along with original copy containing signs to PA of District Magistrate. He prepares a brown paper and gives you after the SDM signs it.
At last, you have your permission.
Stay at Nelong Valley
You can choose to stay either at Gangotri which is five hours from Uttarkashi or Harsil which is four hours from Uttarkashi.
Best Time To Visit Nelong Valley:
The best time to visit Nelong Valley is between the months of May and November.
Therefore, why delay?. Pack your bags, an adventurous trip is waiting for you.
A write up by Abhishek Saraswat
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