by Keshav | September 6, 2017 5:54 pm
Many of us have never heard of this place before, or if you are someone who loves to explore hidden destination, then you must know about this heaven. The name is not so popular amongst the top tourist destinations, infact it is not so popular in the unexplored destinations’ list too. “Tirthan Valley” : I would say the best unexplored destination of Himachal Pradesh.
Most of us have visited Manali a number of times but all of us are fed up of those crowded roads, commercialisation on Mall Road and a lot of hustle bustle as it has become a very common tourist destination for North Indians.
Usually these days I have seen a trend that we always look for destinations where we can spend some time peacefully that is close to nature and away from these typical destinations. I may be wrong in my opinion but people I am surrounded with or me personally always opt for it. Tirthan Valley was also one of our choice to spend our long weekend with nature.
Let me tell you why we chosen it and why it could be a best offbeat destination from Delhi :
Tirthan valley could be the best riverside destination which is still untouched by tourism commercialisation. The Tirthan River touches some of the greenest forests of Himalayas before meeting the Beas River near Larji. On your way you will see Beas river alongside the National Highway. Many quaint villages touches the picturesque banks of the river, some of the popular villages are Gushaini (8 kms from the Greater Himalayan National Park) and Nagini being the most preferred stay options and close to Banjar too.
Unlike many other offbeat places, you will not find any luxury resorts there. Tirthan valley has a lot of good homestays. When we were planning our trip we searched a lot over internet and compared a lot of them on airbnb and tripadvisor, people have mentioned a lot of names like Raju’s Guest House, Khem Bharti Homestays etc. Most of them are very beautiful and beside the river. We did some more research as we were looking for something which is little closer to nature. We chose Tirthan Himalayan Holidays. It was indeed a new homestay, but we enjoyed a lot there because of its great location & awesome hosts.
** There is a 1.5km off road trek to reach Tirthan Himalayan Homestay where you can’t take your own vehicle. You have to park it in Gushaini.
Tirthan Valley is well known for its hidden waterfalls. One of them is just an uphill hike from the Rolla village and you will be experience a waterfall hidden in the forested valley. Sit & relax by the beautiful waterfall and breathe in the ambience of the natural surroundings. We were not able to take pictures there there as we were not carrying our cameras/phones when we went there. After that we cam down to Sai Ropa Village (its the place where our homestay was), grabbed a peaceful corner beside the Tirthan River and just enjoyed the nature.
Tirthan Valley & Great Himalayan National Park (GNHP) is a blessing in disguise for nature lovers. Beautiful lush green forests to blooming flowers and meandering streams, the place is also a gateway to various well laid out trek paths. Depending on ones capability and difficulty level, you have an option to choose from half day, full day, overnight or multiple day camping cum trekking. We were in touch with an awesome guy (Panki Sood) who himself lives in Tirthan and he planned our 1 day trekking trip. Unfortunately, we were not able to do that trekking with him due to some problems and less time. But he could really be a great trek organiser for you plus I am very sure that he can help you in feeling best out of best experience in Tirthan Valley.
The idyllic views of Tirthan valley are dominated by huge cloud-kissing himalayan mountains, dense forests and sprawling alpine meadows. The valley is also one of the best bird watching destinations and a paradise for bird watchers in Himachal Pradesh. There are close to 200 bird species which can be found in Great Himalayan National Park and Tirthan Valley.
Well, fortunately with the help of our hosts Mr. Chanderkant & his brother Ramakant we were able to catch a Fish….:) (Wow).
You really need a lot of patience and waiting time to catch a fish. Thanks to Ramakant who helped us in catching the first fish of our life and then ate it in the evening….LOL
As surreal as this may sound, sleeping in the open meadow on the shores of Tirthan River could be a life time experience and cant be described in words. Although we didn’t spent the entire night in the camp, but we did experienced this bliss till late night. We did Bonfires, camping, grilling and music under the starlit sky without any kind of artificial resources and without any external disturbance. This place is indeed perfect for a well-deserved break from hectic city life.
If you are a wildlife and nature lover then also Tirthan Valley could be a great destination to plan. GHNP or Great Himalayan National Park was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2014, in recognition of its outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation. The park protects over 1,000 plant species, including many medicinal herbs, 31 mammal species and 209 bird species, as well as amphibians, reptiles and insects. There is a very nominal entry fees to visit the park before sunset and you can enjoy the nature of your own. Unlike other National Parks, No Safaris are being operated here. You can do a walking safari yourself…. 😉
If you are still planning for Leh/Ladakh road trip but not able to make it due to lesser time and busy schedule, then this could be a shorter alternate to quench your thirst for sometime till you able to do the bigger ones. Tirthan Valley is approximately 12-15 hours drive from Delhi. If you start early or preferably at night, then you will be able to reach Tirthan by 12 or 1 PM. The road conditions till Mandi and then till Aut are very good. After that it becomes one way at some places but still drivable. Would suggest not to drive on hills in the night if you are a first time driver on hills, you may take 1 hour break before you enter Himachal & start uphill driving after sunrise.
The tranquility and untouched natural beauty of many of the small and big meadows in Tirthan Valley and various places will unfailingly capture the heart of every visitor. One of the meadow was beside our homestay where we did our camping. Apart from meadows you will find very beautiful small and big wooden bridges at many places which local villagers use for river crossing. Trust me, after visiting Tirthan Valley you will fall in love with the virginity and beauty of this place.
Delhi – Ambala (188 KM) – Chandigarh – Roopnagar (282 KM) – Kiratpur – Bilaspur (371 KM) – Mandi (440 KM) – Pandoh – Aut (481 KM) – Larji – Gushaini – Tirthan (511 KM)
Climate is really nice and pleasant with a temperature being less than 24 degree Celsius in summers and it goes below zero degree celsius in winters. Due to the flowing Tirthan River you will always feel the moist of it and lots of greenery add to that nice feeling.
Tirthan Valley is a very nice, quite, relaxed and pleasant place through out the year. The Best Season to visit Tirthan Valley is of course during “Spring Season“. It gets Fully loaded with apple orchards and the beauty of Tirthan Valley gets ready to mesmerize any soul on earth.
In winters the place gets very cold, Also we heard it from many past experiences of many people that this valley will not disappoint you a bit from March to November and is considered the best time to visit Tirthan Valley if somehow you don’t get a chance in Spring season.
The Trout fishing season also starts from March to October and to do Trout Fishing you need to take a daily license at Rs. 100 per person per fishing rod only.
So guys! get ready, go pack your back and hit the road to Tirthan Valley…..:)
Also, Feel free to ask/comment your questions/views in the comment section below anytime now or after your visit.
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