Nestled at an elevation of about 1600 meters flanking the Tirthan River, Tirthan Valley is a beautiful virgin land located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. If you are planning to explore any mystified land, which has variety of adventurous activities to offer, Tirthan Valley is undoubtedly one such offbeat destination for holidaying. With its pine-studded environs, lively river and picturesque natural magnetism, the quaint valley of Tirthan allures many offbeat travelers for a magical escape amidst mystified terra firma.
When it comes to name a virgin valley, with no second thoughts, Tirthan Valley certainly reckoned as the preferred name. The valley has no dearth of sightseeing and outdoor activities like angling, trekking, hiking, photography, camping, bonfire, bird watching, horseback riding, white water rafting and Kayaking. Positioned far away from city’s hustle-bustle, Tirthan Valley is an ideal place for a tranquil holiday amidst spectacular nature. Here’s the key attraction in Tirthan Valley:
Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)
Situated with an expanse of about 1170Sq Kms areas, the Great Himalayan National Park is unquestionably one of the key tourist pullers in entire Tirthan Valley. Being unveiled its public appearance in 1984, GHNP houses an array of numerous flora and faunas. Some of the key wildlife species that can be observed here are Leopard, Snow cock, Musk deer etc. Besides, the park also gives you an amazing opportunity for birding and trekking. If camping in the vicinity of National Park is in your wish list, the Forests Department is there to arrange camping guide and equipment for you.
Situated around 80Kms away from Kullu and at an elevation of about 3120 meters above the sea level, Jalori Pass is an excellent delight for trekkers. The place offers you a captivating 360° panorama of the Great Himalayas and the Kullu Valley. During winter, the trekking routes are encircled with snow. The best time to visit here is from the month of December to March. A part from trekking, Jalori Pass can also be visited for nearby attractions like Budhi Nagin and Serolsar Lake (within 5Kms reach). Serolsar Lake is known for its crystal clear water. You can also observe the environs covered with thick Oak trees while taking a walk from Jalori Pass to Serolsar Lake.
In Tirthan Valley, you will also come across few lively waterfalls in a walking trail. The presence of waterfalls allows you to indulge in some daring water activities like river crossing and rafting. In addition, you can also enjoy bathing in the cold free-flowing water of these cascades. A riverside resort is also there where you can spend your leisure time. The resort caters you a relaxing night stay with quality food. The open lawn area of resort can best be utilised playing some outdoor games like volleyball and badminton. After a night stay, if you want to explore some of the adjoining sites next morning, you can start hopping the nearby hamlets like Gushaini, Banjar and Shoja.
After exploring some beautiful hamlets, travelling around a 1500 year old castle is simply overwhelming. The majestic Chehni Kothi is a soaring ancient castle, which was structured with stone chunks and wooden beams. It is said that earlier this castle was the abode of a king from Kullu known as Rana Dhadhia. This is why the castle is also popular as Dhadhia Kothi.
In addition, the destination is absolutely exhilarating for various outdoor activities like angling, rock climbing, trekking and river crossing.
Exploring the untouched valley of Tirthan is not that thorny. There are various modes of transportation that will reach you to this beautiful place in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Let’s take a look.
By Air: Tirthan Valley has no airport, but this doesn’t hold you back from exploring this untouched paradise on the earth. Air traveller can fly till some of the nearest airports like Kullu (50 kms), Shimla (175kms), Dharamshala (190kms) and Chandigarh Airport (134kms). From these locations, they need to travel till Aut through private and government buses. Once they reach Aut, they can board Gushaini bound buses that will take them to Tirthan Valley.
By Train: There is no direct train to reach Tirthan Valley. However, you can travel till some of the nearby railway stations like Kalka (240kms), Chandigarh (246kms) and Jalandhar (275kms). These railway stations are well-connected to other major parts of the country. From railway station, get into Aut bound bus. Once you reach Aut, take a bus towards Gushaini, which is nearly 26Kms away from the destination. This route will take you via Larji bypassing Banjar.
By Road: As compared to air and railway connectivity, reaching Tirthan Valley by road is more convenient. There are number of frequent buses that run under HPTDC from the adjoining cities like Haryana, Delhi and Punjab. You can board any buses heading towards Kullu/Manali and get down at Aut. From Aut, you can either hire cab or board a Gushaini bound bus. From Aut, by road distance to reach Tirthan Valley is about 26Kms. If you are travelling from Delhi, total bus journey from Delhi to Aut is around 12 hours.
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