Gartang Gali Historic skywalk near Indo China border: Indo-Tibet witnessed trade and the stairs of Gartang Gali, one of the most dangerous roads in the world, is now being prepared in a new form. The stairs of Gartang street have been reconstructed by the Uttarakhand Public Works Department. This street is situated at an altitude of about 11 thousand feet. Now it has been opened for the sight of tourists.
One of the most dangerous roads in the world, the stairs of Gadtang Gali in Uttarakhand are now visible in a new form. There is a deep gorge just below Gartang street and where the “Jad Ganga River” also flows.
Gartang Gali Historic skywalk near Indo China border
A wooden terraced track has been made by cutting steep rocks in Gadtang Gali near Bhairav Valley in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It was connected in ancient times to the village Jadung, Nelang, living in the frontier area, through foot route from Harshil area. Local people also used to trade with Tibet through this route. The army also used this route to monitor the border.
This wooden bridge was the trade route between India and Tibet. The nomads (Bhotia tribes) used to bring their goods by yak from this bridge to barter with other parts of their country.
History about Gartang Gali
In the 17th century (about 300 years ago), the Pathans of Peshawar had prepared the world’s most dangerous path by cutting the cliffs of the Himalayas in the Nelong valley of Uttarkashi district at an altitude of 11 thousand feet above sea level. It is said that a Seth of the Jad community of Nelang-Jadung had built a smooth road from Gartang street with the help of Pathans of Peshawar on the demand of traders.
This stairway Gartang street, made of wood about 150 meters long, has been a witness to the Indo-Tibetan trade. It is an example of engineering even today and challenges today’s technical engineering as well. The steps of Gartang street were prepared by burying an iron rod in the steep rock part and laying wood on it.
This very narrow and risky road became famous as Gartang Gali. Which in itself was a new specimen of workmanship because, just below Gartang street, there is a 300-meter deep ditch. Whereas, the Jad Ganga river also flows below. Indo-Tibetan trade was done through these stairs, which were closed after the Indo-China war.
Before the year 1962, traders of Indo-Tibetan used to come and go through this route by loading goods on yaks, horse-mules, and sheep and goats. Gartang street used to be the oldest trade route. Wool, jaggery, and spices were sent from here. During the Indo-China war in 1962, Gartang Gali played an important role in taking the army to the international border.
Nelang Valley is a strategically sensitive area. Gartang Gali is situated in the Jad Ganga valley on the footpath connecting Bhairav valley to Nelang. This place is very rich in terms of wildlife and vegetation. The Nelong valley of Uttarkashi district is adjacent to the China border. India’s Sumla, Mandi, Nila Pani, Tripani, PDA, and Jadung are the last posts on the border.
Gartang Gali famous for?
Gartang Gali is one of the oldest trade routes in the world from where wool, jaggery, spices, etc. are sent. Such trade and related activities were a source of livelihood for the Bhutia community in Uttarkashi. Gartang Gali is a very narrow and risky road. This street is known as the beautiful track. Tourists from all over the country and abroad have come to see it. Gartang Gali is famous for :
- Historical tourism
- OffBeat destination
- Historic skywalk
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Gartang Gali ancient wooden bridge
The 150 meters long staircase of Gadtang Gali, which has been waiting for its revival for years, is now appearing in its new style. Gartang Gali has been reconstructed at a cost of about 64 lakh 10 thousand. At present, the damaged track road of Gadtang Gali under Gangotri National Park, whose length is 136 meters and the average width is 1.8 meters, the terraced track made of wood has been reconstructed. Gartang Gali will be completely safe for tourists to visit.
Special attention has been given to security
Keeping in view the safety of the tourists and the constructed track, a maximum of 10 people will walk at a time by maintaining a distance of one meter for the traffic on the track. It will be forbidden to sit and travel by flocking in the track. There is a ban on jumping and dancing on the track. It is forbidden to peep down from the railing of the track for safety’s sake. Given the safety of the track, smoking and carrying other inflammable substances in the track area is prohibited.
Because of the situation created after the Indo-China war in 1962, the Government of India had banned the movement of tourists in the Inner Line area of Uttarkashi. Since then, paramilitary forces were deployed there after evacuating Nelang valley and Jadung village. People living in the villages here have been allowed to go to worship their deities once a year after completing a certain procedure.
After this, the common people of India were also allowed to go to Nelong Valley by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in 2015. However, the ban on foreigners remains intact.
How to Reach Gartang Gali?
Gartang Gali, located near Bhairon Ghati of Uttarkashi, the frontier district of Uttarakhand, has been cut into steep rocks and made of a wooden terrace. Which has now been opened for tourists. You can choose the following options to reach Gartang Gali –
Reach Gartang Gali By Air
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is about 200 km away from the Uttarkashi headquarters. Taxis and bus services are available from Dehradun airport to Uttarkashi.
Reach Gartang Gali By road
Uttarakhand State Transport buses run regularly between Uttarkashi and Rishikesh (200 km), apart from this you can also contact a local taxi service or tour travel. Local transport Union and state transport buses and taxis ply regularly between Uttarkashi and Rishikesh (200 km), Haridwar (250 km), Dehradun (200 km). Gartang Gali is situated about 110 km away from Uttarkashi district headquarter.
Reach Gartang Gali By train
There are railway stations in Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Dehradun in Uttarakhand, which is connected to other country cities. The nearest railway station from Uttarkashi is Rishikesh (about 100 km). Rishikesh can be reached by bus/taxi to Uttarkashi.