Gartang Gali Uttarkashi Uttarakhand : Travel Blog


It is very exciting to see the steps of the historic Gartang Gali after reaching Bhairav ​​Ghati during the Harsil Yatra. 

Although this three-kilometer track is quite difficult, but the beauty of the roads is as if going to heaven. 

Narrow paths, tall trees and the noise of strong winds on a calm mountain. 

Then after a difficult climb of about three to four hours comes a beautiful bridge, which is known as Gartang Gali. 

Let me tell you that this is the same wooden bridge located in the Nelong valley of Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, which was once a part of the Tibet track. 

It was built by the Pathans from Peshawar 150 years ago, so that Indo-Tibetan trade could get a new dimension, but some such

circumstances were created that it had to be closed after the Indo-China war of 1962.

Before independence, this Tibet track was built through Nelong Valley for trade with Tibet and

this track of Gartang Gali was prepared by erecting an iron rod in the steep rock section near Bhairav ​​Ghati and laying wood over it.

 Through this route wool, leather cloth and salt were transported from Tibet to Badahat of Uttarkashi.

Due to the closure of this bridge, the movement of people was stopped. An exciting view of the Nelong Valley is visible from this bridge. 

It is the dream of many travelers to see the beauty of this place. 

Nelong Valley is a strategically sensitive area, due to which this bridge, which has witnessed Indo-Tibetan trade for centuries, was built after the Indo-China war in 1962 was restricted for movement. 

The people of the village located here were settled in the village of Bagori near Harsil. 

The villagers here have been allowed to worship once a year after completing a certain procedure, but this place was completely closed for tourists. 

In 2015, tourists from across the country were given permission by the Ministry of Home Affairs to visit the Nelong Valley, which had positive results. 

Tourism got a big boost in this area and travelers visiting Gangotri Dham found another beautiful destination.

Considering the historical importance of this place, the reconstruction work of the stairs of Gartang Gali was also started, which was completed in July this year. 

The government believes that this will give impetus to tourism. 

About 150 meters long stairs of Gartang Gali are now seen in a new color and people are starting to see the beauty of this place. 

These stairs, built at an altitude of 11 thousand feet, are a unique example of engineering.

Talking about the geographical location of Gartang Gali, 

it is present in the valley of Jad Ganga on the foot road connecting Bhairav ​​valley to Nelang. 

The Nelong Valley, also known as the Ladakh of Uttarakhand, is bordered by China. 

India's Sumla, Mandi, Nila Pani, Tripani, PDA and Jadung are the last posts on this border. 

If you want to go to this place, then you have to reach Uttarkashi first and then travel to Bhairav ​​Ghati via Harsil.

The Jaunsar Bawar region of the hill state of Uttarakhand is known for its distinct but wonderful cultural heritage. 

Today, I am sharing the opportunity that I got to know about the characteristics of Kalsi and Lakhamandal region located here.

Jaunsar Bawar region is the area around Uttarakhand's capital Dehradun, Chakrata and Mussoorie, 

which is one of the most liked tourist destinations of the state. 

Be it the geography or history of this place, the matter of both is unique. 

Some people know it because of Emperor Ashoka and Buddhism, while some people are drawn here because of the stories and mythology of the Kaurava-Pandava era. 

I came here for the first time in 2013 during an educational trip. 

I was trying to understand the human culture and behavior of Jaunsar-Bawar and many times it used to happen that I had to stay in the village among them. 

I lived in this tribal valley for about a week.

After visiting the major local centers of community activities, 

I found that the people here have not given up on the ancient culture, they are still carrying on their centuries-old tradition. 

Actually, Jaunsar-Bawar are two areas in which two tribes reside. 

The lower part is called Jaunsar and the upper part is called Bavar. 

Both are different parts of the same landmass and are completely adjacent to each other. 

The natives here consider their origins to be different. 

The people of Jaunsari tribe consider themselves to be descendants of Pandavas and the people of Bawar consider themselves to be associated with Kauravas. 

They are also known as Pashi and Shathi respectively.

Situated between the Yamuna and Tons rivers, this entire region is dominated by tribal communities. 

Despite being in Garhwal, the culture of both the tribes of Jaunsar is different from that of Kumaon and Garhwal. 

Talking about fairs and Teej-festivals, the most important festival of Jaunsaris is Magh Mela.

One of the main attractions here is the temple of the folk deity Mahasu, built in the Hun architectural style in the Hanol or Hanol village of Jaunsar-Bawar. 

It was built by Pandit Mihirkul Hun of the Hun dynasty. The major sites of the region are Kalsi, Lakhamandal, Bairatgarh and Hanol. 

Apart from the main temple of Hanol, the temples of Mahasu Devta are also visible in Thana, Lakhwar, Lakhsyar and Bisoi and Lohari.

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