Himachal Pradesh is obviously every traveller’s favourite tourist destination. The scenic beauty and weather of Himachal make it an ideal place to spend your holidays. It welcomes avid travellers from around the globe year round. If you are a person who loves exclusivity or have already visited Himachal, you can still find incredible ways to enjoy the beauty of Himachal by exploring the offbeat places of the exotic Tirthan Valley of Himachal.
Tirthan Valley is one of Himachal’s best-kept secrets. It is an exotic adventure-centric getaway that drips with the richness of nature in every inch. It is located at a height of 1600 metres above sea level in the Kullu district of Himachal. The Tirthan River runs through it, filling the valley with a lush green carpet of flora. This offbeat place is a wonderful retreat for nature enthusiasts, offering fun and adventure activities like trekking, fishing, bird watching, and exploring the less known tribal villages.
The valley is blessed with mountains glazed with the moving clouds, rich coniferous forests and vibrant alpine meadows. The aroma of pine trees wafts in the air and makes it an ideal way to doze off during the noon. Here are 5 places in Tirthan Valley that are less known to the world:
A short walk from the Jalori Pass gets you to the breathtaking Serolsar Lake. It is encapsulated by a magical enclosure of rock and ice. The radiant waters of this pristine lake reflect the magical combination of the blue sky and the majestic green trees surrounding the lake.
2. Tirthan River
The Tirthan River is a fishing camp that remains a secret to most travellers. The pure glacial waters of the Tirthan River boast a rich population of rainbow and brown trout. It is declared as an angling reserve and the government has forbidden the establishment of any hydro power plant on this river. This initiative is authorized to preserve the rich aquatic biodiversity. You can get a licence for trout fishing, which allows you to go fishing within the marked 45 km stretch of the river. This stretch has several points that serve as excellent angling bases for fishing enthusiasts.
3. Parashar Lake
The Parashar Lake is a hidden jewel of the Tirthan Valley. It is a unique place that stands as a testimony to nature and beauty throughout history. The lake offers a quaint backdrop to the mystic three-storey pagoda style temple that is located on its shores. It was constructed by King Bansen in the 14th century.
4. Shangarh Meadows
Navigating the quaint village of Ropa leads to a stretch of the blissful Shangarh meadows. It is located at about 50 kilometers from Tirthan. The lush flora of this meadow is surrounded by tall snow clad mountains. A hike through the tranquil meadows is definitely an opportunity you cannot afford to miss.
5. Tirthan River Waterfall
Take a hike uphill from Rolla village to get to the hidden jewel amidst the deep valley. This is a waterfall of the Tirthan River that remains unblemished. This waterfall is an ideal place to rest during your hike and a great place to take in the aroma of nature at its best. The surrounding meadows serve as a lush land to the grazing cattle. A hike further to the north leads to Shilt, a shepherd hut and down to the south is the Khorli Pohi, which is the breeding place of the Monal bird.
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Mesmerising night camping
The tranquil lakes of Serolsar and Parashar are ideal places for camping at night. Camping under the stars can never get any better than this. Stop by this place for a wonderful night camping experience and enjoy bonfires, music and marshmallows if you may, under the twinkling stars. This is undoubtedly the best way to relax from the daily routine of urban life.
Enjoy the melody of Springtime
The Tirthan Valley blooms in magical hues during the spring. The landscape emerges with extraordinary colours painted by the mystical woods, dancing waterfalls and idyllic villages with heritage bridges and forts. Explore the forests and take in the breathtaking views of the rich flora and fauna. Enjoy the crisp weather that rushes through the woods dotted with majestic pine trees that dance along to the melody of the spring breeze.
Best time to visit Tirthan Valley
The Tirthan Valley enjoys a pleasant weather year round, which makes it an ideal tourist spot throughout the year. It is only up to you to decide which aspect of the valley you want to explore.
Summer – The pleasant summer season is between April and June. This is the time when the weather is ideal to enjoy walking along the valley without the fear of scorching heat of the peak summer season. Summer season enriches the valley with rich vegetation and colourful flowers bloom throughout the valley, making it a treat to the eyes.
Winter – The Winter is from November to February. The weather is quite harsh and brings down massive snowfall post-November. The weather can be hard on first-timers, but the snow-covered valley is nothing short of a wonder.
Spring – The spring season kicks in by March and lasts until April. It is one of the most beautiful seasons to explore the valley covered with lush green meadows, grazing cattle, and orchards loaded with fresh fruits. The pleasant weather makes the whole experience even better and perfect for an exceptional holiday experience.
How to reach Tirthan Valley
The road is the most convenient mode to reach Tirthan Valley from central locations like Delhi. You can also commute by train or a bus to reach this beautiful destination.
By Air: The Bhuntar Airport is the nearby airport to Tirthan Valley. It is located at about 48 km from the valley. Air Charter services also offer helicopter rides from Delhi. You can hire a cab or a bus to reach Tirthan Valley after landing at the Bhuntar airport.
By Road: Frequent bus services are available from Delhi. There are three destinations – Aut (26 km), Jalori Pass (27 km), and Shoja (22 km), which you can choose and then you can hire a cab to cover the remaining distance.
By Train: You can take a train and reach Ambala or Kiratpur. These are the nearest railway stations to Tirthan Valley. From there, you can cover the remaining distance by bus or cab services that are frequently available from the railway stations.
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