Enveloped by the snow-clad Himalayan mountains, Tirthan Valley lies in Himachal Pradesh. Miles away from the hustle – bustle of this busy world. A slow destination Tirthan Valley is the perfect antidote for this fast-paced life. From exploring nature to engaging with the locals in the village, Tirthan Valley has a lot to offer.
Tirthan Valley, a hidden gem of the Indian state, is located in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi. This valley gets its name from the Tirthan River, which flows from its origin in Tirth. The Great Himalayan National Park surrounds the valley on one side and Kullu Valley on the other, making it a paradise for you. With its pristine beauty, lush green forests, breathtaking landscapes, orchards & meadows, villages, waterfalls, and whatnot, you cannot stop visiting Tirthan Valley. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your package from Indian Holiday and head towards Tirthan Valley.
During your stay at Tirthan Valley, you’ll get an enchanting experience as you breathe fresh mountain air, an eternity of peace, waterfalls in the vicinity of gurgles, and nature sounds from the nearby forests.
Experiencing Life Like Locals
While you stay in Tirthan Valley, you’ll encounter the village culture or a Himachali way of living. You’ll get the opportunity to live closely with the locals & experience life like them, observe them, and interact with them to know about their daily routine, as they are pretty friendly and welcoming.
As you stay with them in rustic and wooded traditional Himachali homes & small villages and experience their culture, I am sure you’ll learn so much from them. Just try taking a morning walk in the hamlets of the valley while engaging with the locals, and you’ll indeed be invited by them.
During your stay, you’ll get to know that the locals living there don’t get hot water in taps easily; instead, they have to light hamam ( a contraption with a space to light a fire underneath, which heats the water). The locals have to wait for a bright sunny day to dry the wood and be used to illuminate hamam. Even during the summer, they don’t usually have air conditioners, as they prefer to get ventilation directly from nature.
If you want to get into the shoes of the locals, then quit your luxury resorts and head towards the homestay accommodations available in the villages of Tirthan Valley. The homestays are perfect for living their culture, daily routine, and basic activities. The food in the valley is locally sourced and cooked with the minimal local spices found in the forests, which is a must-try. I bet once you taste the food here, you’ll overeat because of its taste.
Gushaini, Himachal Pradesh
A charming little village bracketed with greenery on the banks of the Tirthan River, Gushaini is often lost in the crowds of Shimla and Manali. It will give you a fantastic trekking and camping experience away from congested treks. A trip to Gushaini will show you shades of the Tirthan River gushing through the meandering mountain ways is a sight to behold! On the outskirts of this region, you’ll get to spot several villages that are worth visiting. The locals of Gushaini are warm and hospitable; they’ll make you feel at home and even guide you if you are stranded. Vast orchards of peaches, pears, and apricots surround Gushaini.
Prashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh
Nestled between tall cedar trees, the blue Prashar Lake is one of the best places to visit at Tirthan Valley, at 2730m. The serenity and tranquility here remain unparalleled. Besides the beauty of this lake, one can also visit the three-storied temple on its banks. This lake is said to be mysterious, as its depth has remained unknown to date. Locals residing there convey that during a storm, a cedar tree fell into the lake and disappeared. If you want to be away from busy city life, this lake is an ideal destination for you. A unique thing about this lake is its patch of grass that moves from one end to another. In Summer, you’ll see it at one end, while in Winter, you’ll witness it at the other.
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Jalori Pass, Himachal Pradesh
If you plan to visit Tirthan Valley, make sure you don’t miss out on the epic Jalori Pass, situated at a height of 10,800 feet above sea level. The path will lead you to the nearby ‘Budhi Nagin’ Temple. You would recognize this better as the snow-covered summit in the Bollywood movie, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, in which actors Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone were trekking through the mountainsides. The road leading to this Pass is exceptionally narrow & steep, not to mention uneven and full of potholes making it a bumpy ride and challenging to drive the car. So whenever you are traveling to Jalori Pass, drive carefully.
Shoja Thanedar, Himachal Pradesh
If you are looking for a spiritual getaway near Tirthan Valley, then Thanedar is a place for you. This place houses several churches and the ancient & highly revered Nag Devta Temple. A hidden getaway, wildly famous for being the first apple plantation in the country, you’ll find Thanedar is the reason for the grand Himachali love affair with apples. It’s known for exporting fresh cartons of rosy apples across India & abroad. Covered with a rug of trees, and lush green all around, Thanedar is a sensory explosion.
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Serolsar Lake, Himachal Pradesh
Patron favorite, guided by thick tall pine trees on all sides, lies the crystal clear Serolsar Lake in Tirthan Valley. Apart from the scenic beauty of this lake, you’ll also learn about the religious significance on your visit. It is a pilgrimage place for locals as they come together from the surrounding villages every Saturday to do the parikrama of the lake. Serolsar Lake wears stunning colors during different times of the year. The lake looks white during Winter, half snow-covered & half green during spring and summer, and lush green during monsoon & post – monsoon. This is something worth observing if you have the opportunity to trek multiple times to this lake.
Chehni Kothi, Himachal Pradesh
An earthquake-proof structure, Chehni Kothi, is a majestic tower made of stone and wood. You’ll find it near Tirthan Valley, a hidden sightseeing spot. Chehni Kothi is a 1500 years old structure, a residence of King Raja Rana Dhadia. The tower temple of Chehni is the tallest standing structure of its kind in the Western Himalayas. Despite being built without steel and concrete, it stands tall, bearing the harsh cold seasons of the Himalayas. A visit to Chehni Kothi is a perfect one-day activity to blend walking in the mountains with a cultural experience.
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