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A PERFECT GUIDE TO TIRTHAN VALLEY

Every birthday is commemorated in the mountains, this year it was in Tirthan Valley. It is a natural paradise of Himachal Pradesh. I entered Tirthan valley, perched at a height of 1356 meters, located in Kullu district. I planned a perfect itinerary to Tirthan Valley from Delhi, booked an HRTC bus and the best homestay in Tirthan Valley, planned my treks, all was done a few months ago because it was my 24th birthday in Himachal. Yay !! I cannot wait to share my moments of ecstasy.

Walk in the Valley

Checklist for Tirthan Valley
Checklist for Tirthan Valley

Why Tirthan Valley ??

You can’t see my subtle smile unfolding from lips but the following blog depicts my feelings that are put into words and the YouTube video at the end of the blog.

Where is Tirthan Valley located?

It is near Kullu district inside the heart of Himachal Pradesh.

The best time to visit Tirthan Valley?

Tirthan Valley emanates its beauty throughout the year. March-August is the best time to visit Tirthan Valley. The weather stays pleasantly cool and is found under the blanket of snow in winters. If you are a snow lover, count down for the new year here, would be a good option to be true. 

Tirthan Valley is a perennial beauty
Tirthan Valley is a perennial beauty
Flavors of Tirthan Valley
Flavors of Tirthan Valley

Moreover, you can also become a part of the Phagali Festival celebrated in Tirthan Valley in the month of February or March. 

Festival from Tirthan Valley
Festival from Tirthan Valley

Packages for Tirthan Valley –

 If you want to explore Tirthan Valley, you can always go for Tirthan valley packages starting at INR 6,999.
Moreover, you can also become a part of the Phagali Festival celebrated in Tirthan Valley in the month of February or March.

How many days for Tirthan Valley – 

4 days would be sufficient to engulf in beauty. You can also plan it on a weekend by compromising few scenic and majestic places.  INR 4500/- max would be the cost to explore Tirthan Valley like a local.

Here is my experience and a perfect itinerary planned for you from my failed ones.

I booked an HRTC bus ticket to Aut for Rs 600/- from Kashmere Gate which took me away from the bustling city of Delhi to the serenity of Tirthan Valley. The journey from HRTC is always affordable and safely moving you far from the main roads of Delhi.

Tirthan Valley by bus
Tirthan Valley by bus

The sunset of Delhi marching along with you to welcome the sunrise of Aut will be witnessed in a journey of 12 hours.

Sunset of Delhi to sunrise in Aut
Sunset of Delhi to sunrise in Aut

You will be in the land of Paradise, Aut, and board the first Tirthan Valley bus to Shoja (bus moves in every 30 mins interval). The chirping of birds, mountain streams, pretty flowers were freshly drawn on the window as I opened my sleepy eyes and I was in Shoja in 2 hours.

Exploring Tirthan Valley by HRTC
Exploring Tirthan Valley by HRTC
Pristine beauty, Shoja
Pristine beauty, Shoja

How to reach Tirthan Valley from Delhi?

Delhi to Tirthan by Bus – HRTC bus for Rs 600/- from Kashmere Gate to Aut

Delhi to Tirthan by train– Train from New Delhi to Kullu – (2 hours) Tirthan

Delhi to Tirthan by Flight – New Delhi to Bhuntar- (2 hours flight) Tirthan

Delhi to Tirthan Valley
                          Delhi to Tirthan Valley
Chandigarh to Tirthan Valley
                                 Chandigarh to Tirthan Valley
Manali to Tirthan Valley
            Manali to Tirthan Valley

My homestay in Shoja was No Society Cafe located on the curling side of the road to Jalori pass. The cafe is run by Piyush, orated with beautiful arts, dreamy interiors, offering you delicious dinner while you chat with other fellow travelers under chic low lighting and an open-air terrace imparting the Himalayan vibes. You can also grab your hand on his collection of books or try his instrument.

No Society Cafe in Tirthan Valley
                        No Society Cafe in Tirthan Valley
I had it to myself
                                            I had it to myself


The river flowing on the other side is a quick to-go place after a tiring journey. As the day gets short on the day you reach your destination, you may take a quick nap and cheer up yourself with nature on the riverside. I leaped into nature and literally played with water like a little child. You may acquaint with locals as well and share their lifestyle in such quiet parts of mountains. It will surely provide you a sense of peace.

Cafe near riverside
                                                       Cafe near riverside
Inhale in the beauty of Tirthan Valley
Inhale in the beauty of Tirthan Valley
Relax on the riverside
Relax on the riverside
Let's chat with the locals
Let’s chat with the locals

The best part of staying at No Society Cafe ?? The bonfire at night along with the river while you affably share experiences with fellow travelers. I was fortunate enough to be accompanied by children from neighbors and a few dance steps on their drumbeat under the twinkling stars and the shining moon.

Bonfire along the riverside
Bonfire along the riverside
  A warm hug from trees to the moon
A warm hug from trees to the moon

Your stay at his cafe will be joyed up by Piyush’s singing and his instruments and have fun. You may sit down gingerly on one nook of the terrace and spend the night mingling with the moon. I would highly recommend your stay at No Society Café as it filled me up with ecstatic happiness and experiences.

Mandatory fun for your stay
Mandatory fun for your stay

Where to stay in Tirthan Valley?

As day follows night, 2nd day was set for exploring Tirthan Valley. Before hopping to 2nd day, check out multitudinous staying options of resort, cottages, homestays, camping, and hotels in Tirthan Valley for you.

  1. No Society Cafe – 8683821277/9418497694
  2. Youreka (Adventure camp in Tirthan Valley ) – 8448286301
  3. Tirthan Valley Raju’s cottage – 09459833124
  4.   Kudrat Homestay – 9650124477,8988648391 (Best homestay in Tirthan Valley)
  5. Sunshine Himalayan Cottage, Tirthan valley – 08894000613
  6. Check out Tirthan Valley’s best resort 
  7. Zostel Tirthan valley
  8. Tirthan Valley Luxmi Homestay – 09459338279
  9.  Tirthan valley treehouse 
Stays in Tirthan Valley
Stays in Tirthan Valley

As I swiped the curtains, trees were shrouded in the sunshine.

My stay in Tirthan Valley
My stay in Tirthan Valley


Oak trees are all around enveloping you into their arms. New paths and directions emerge from the mighty mountains. You may walk outside to seek the energy of nature and make a visit to Jalori pass.
As I swiped the curtains, trees were shrouded in the sunshine.

Curling roads of Tirthan Valley
Curling roads of Tirthan Valley

Places to visit in Tirthan Valley :

1.  Serolsar Lake 

Distance from Tirthan valley to Jalori pass is around 27 km (1 hour). A small trek of 2-3 hours from Jalori pass to Serolsar lake starts. The best time to visit Serolsar lake is summers; when I visited in the month of August. Why is August the best time to visit Serolsar lake? You will come across the snow-clad Dhauladhar mountain range this month. Also, to find yourself in a green expanded kingdom of nature where Serolasar lake is crowned up by oak trees and ocean blue sky.

Walk around in this landscape of Jalori Pass
Walk around in this landscape of Jalori Pass

 

Serolsar Lake
                                                        Serolsar Lake
The green paradise of Serolsar Lake
The green paradise of Serolsar Lake

The path to Serolsar lake is mostly straight with the availability of a few hamlets and food shops. Once I reached, the lake was as clear as a mirror, reflecting its beautiful crown of trees and sky. I ensconced myself on the green sheet of grass and felt a sense of tranquility amidst nature.

As clean as a mirror
As clean as a mirror

Don’t forget to give the temple of Buddhi Nagin a once-over. The last bus from Jalori pass starts at 2.30 pm, so plan up your visit to the Serolsar lake accordingly. Do remember that there is very little and timely availability of local buses in Tirthan Valley, so get punctual whilst you stay here. The path to Serolsar lake is mostly straight with the availability of a few hamlets and food shops. Once I reached, the lake was as clear as a mirror, reflecting its beautiful crown of trees and sky. I ensconced myself on the green sheet of grass and felt a sense of tranquility amidst nature.

Buddhi Nagin


2.
 Jibhi waterfall 

Having spent your time in paradise, buckle up to chase the waterfall in Jibhi. It is on the way back from Shoja to Jibhi where you can have your aqua escape to Jibhi waterfall. You cannot see it from the road, you will have to enter the forest. Isn’t it getting adventurous now? Follow the lull of falling waters and walk through the alleys. You are in Jibhi, a walker’s delight, so stroll for 5-10 minutes to enjoy the Jibhi waterfall.

The adventurous side of Tirthan Valley
The adventurous side of Tirthan Valley
Waterfall in Tirthan Valley
Waterfall in Tirthan Valley

Chin-up and in front of you will be a wee waterfall gurgling over the rocks and racing down in a series of cascades. It was magically cute for my eyes, droplets caressing my face, and they together make me smile out enchantingly.

Get the aqua feels
Get the aqua feels

3Raghupur fort 

 If the journey is more important to you than the destination, give a visit to Raghupur fort. It is characterized by an unusual quirk, so it is better to experience it. Amble for 3km from Jalori Pass to reach Raghupur fort standing firmly but sadly with few dull walls. But as the journey matters to you, the scenic vistas while ambling to the fort and after reaching the fort, will make it worth a visit.

Mesmerizing views
Mesmerizing views

 4Great Himalayan National Park – 

For the love of Flora and Fauna, look no further but visit GHNP located in Banjar. You can reach GHNP by local bus to Banjar and reach the entrance gate to get your permit costing INR 100/- for Indians and INR 400/ for foreigners. It is home to a number of floral and faunal species and for us, local sightseeing, season-based activities, and multi-day treks are available. You can go for Treks in Tirthan Valley as well. (+919816091093)

5. Gushaini

It is famous for Trout fish farming. You too can give it a try with a valid permit charging approx. INR 600 for 45 minutes including permits, local guide, and fishing rod.  I would personally recommend not using your fishing rod to pull out a life from living fish.

Small villages or towns located in Tirthan Valley and its vicinity.

  1. Jibhi
  2. Ghiyagi
  3. Gushaini
  4. Banjar
  5. Sai Ropa
  6. Shoja
  7. Nagini

Don’t forget to try – Tirthan’s local wine which is prepared using jaggery and some wood.

While I am relishing my moments from Tirthan Valley. I had a well-planned out itinerary for Tirthan Valley but it failed. But when our itineraries fail, the adventure begins. 

                          

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