A magical escape to the solitude bliss
The verdant green valley of the Tirthan River, with alpine groves and deciduous forests on the backdrop of the Himalayas, in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh is a secluded heaven to the nature lovers. Perched at an altitude of 1600 mts above the sea level, situated at a distance of 550 kms from New Delhi and 288 kms from Chandigarh the Tirthan Valley is the gateway to the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP).
How to reach
To reach here, one has to take a right detour before the Pandoh tunnel at Aut, an hour before Kullu on the Manali highway from Chandigarh. From Aut it is 26 kms of a pleasant drive along the river via Larji bypassing Banjar on the way to Gushaini.
About the place
The Valley is named after the Tirthan river, flowing through it. The Tirthan river, a tributary of the well known Beas rises from the chilled glacial lake of Hanskund Peak set in the interior of Great Himalayan National Park in the south-east of Kullu. Then Tirthan river extends like a V-shaped fairly wide valley from Banjar to Bathad dotted with many beautiful villages like Sai Ropa, Nagini, Gushaini etc on the river bank before it approaches Beas.
Treks from Tirthan
With rich biodiversity and abundant flora and fauna GHNP is the starting point of many treks including the arduous trek to Tirath, the origin of Tirthan River during the summers. Permits are issued by the forest department at Sai Ropa. Situated 8 km before the entrance of Great Himalayan National park, Gushaini is the most preferred option to stay.
Where to stay?
There are quite a number of beautifully located resorts and home stays all along the valley either just beside the river or hidden amidst the orchards or in a rustic locale. (click for our accommodation review)
What to do?
You can stroll on the lazy roads through the forests and unwind into tiny hamlets of Nagini, Ghushaini, Banjar and Shoja. You can also trek to the Serolser Lake, Raghupur Fort, waterfall point. Long walks through the rugged woods next to the river whispering with the meddling fog, is what makes this place so chimerical.
The Tirthan river is famous for trout fishes, both brown and rainbow trouts and hence the valley is a paradise for trout fishing.
When to visit?
Though summers (April-June) are considered the best months to visit Tirthan valley but post monsoon is also very charming when the entire area gets decked up with apples, plums, peaches, apricots, strawberries and the river turns mellow after furious monsoon. The upper reaches of the GHNP goes vibrant with colors of rhododendrons while winters are very chilly.
The gurgling Tirthan, whispering pines, sloping alpine meadows, dense wooded forests, majestic Himalayas and the rustic charm of the villages with its people and culture makes Tirthan Valley a perfect Soul Safar destination where you can reconnect yourself with the nature and be blessed.
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