Seven Beautiful facts about Tirthan Valley Worth Exploring

Found in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh at over 1600 meters above the sea level, Tirthan valley is named after the Tirthan River, which stretches through the valley. The immaculate river arises from the icy cold glacial spring of Hanskund, a snow-capped peak in the verdant Great Himalayan National Park. It indeed is traveller’s paradise and a hidden gem.

Tirthan valley has something to offer for everyone and is an offbeat destination. The mesmerizing valley is ideal for trekking, hiking, fishing, exploring wildlife- birding, driving to locals and discovering the villages. The best time to visit is from March to June and then from October to December. Monsoon season between July and August must be avoided as the paths are slippery and landslides may occur.

Tirath Trek (source of Tirthan River)

Tirath trek is a rocky trail through forests, meadows and goes along the river gorges. This trek follows the Tirthan River from Gushaini till its source at Tirath and offers alluring mountain scenery as well as possesses some of the most pristine and unique ecosystems in the world.

Serolsar Lake

The amazing verdant meadows with flowers in full bloom (also the Bramh Kamal), Himalayan blue sheep, Ibex, Himalayan black bear, birds like- Himalayan Griffon, Rock Bunting, Himalayan Snowcock and Snow Partridge can be the highlights. The trail is moderate to difficult type and takes around 7 days. Backpackers may get sense of achievement after covering this terrain.

This serene lake situated among nature and surrounded by thick forest is ideal for camping and trekking during summers. In winters, the snow sheet covers the surrounding forest and the lake get frozen. This unveils another level of beauty of the magnificent lake. The locals believe that the lake possesses medicinal properties and a small temple of Buddhi Nagin situated nearby is believed as the goddess of all snakes..

Local food of Tirthan Valley

Siddu, the favorite delight of Pahari (hilly region) people is a must try local cuisine. It is a simple food cooked with minimal spices and consist of local steamed croissants, filled with mashed potatoes, onions, walnuts and served with melted ghee (clarified butter) and walnut chutney. The river water used for cooking also adds nutrition and an incredible taste to the dish.

Angling / Fishing for Rainbow Trouts

Gushaini region in the Tirthan valley is the major place in India to enjoy Trout fishing. Rainbow trouts and brown trouts are the major species found in the stream of this valley. The heavenly surroundings of the valley create a perfect ambiance for fishing enthusiasts to enjoy this leisure activity. They catch their own fish and get it cooked at the home-stay, however, the locals are better aware to cook it tasty.

The license from the forest department gives the consent to enjoy fishing in 45 km stretch of the river and there are many places where a fishing fanatic can set the base of angling. Due to this reason, the Himachal Government has declared Tirthan River as an angling reserve and have decided not to set up any hydro project to preserve nature.

Traditions and marvel architecture of the temples

The locals of the valley live in the traditional way by maintaining their ancient customs and following age-old rituals. People believe in self-sustainability and are very approachable and warm by nature. The Chehni Kothi temple is the tallest standing structure in the entire Western Himalayas which was constructed for dual purpose.

Another temple dedicated to Lord Shringa, the ruling deity of the valley, is the Shringi Rishi Temple. It contains the idols of Lord Shringa and goddess Shanta. The intricate wood carvings that depict the 24 different births of God is a must watch for travelers. Built by the local king Dhadhu in the 17th century, the temple is made out of local stone and deodar wood. It is believed that the temple act as a vantage point for guarding villagers against attack from the strangers.

Village hopping

Village hopping is one of the memorable experience in the midst of the mystifying beauty of nature. Various villages mark the landscape of Tirthan Valley, such as Gushaini, Sai Ropa, Shoja, Banjar and Nagini.

Birding and hidden waterfalls

The residents of these villages offer local accommodations which provide a scenic view of rolling mountains and terrace farms with different shades of green. Village hopping is an experience to view the basic lifestyles of the inhabitants.

Walking around the Valley explores the exotic species of Himalayan birds such as- Paradise-flycatcher, Verditer flycatchers, Black bulbuls, Magpies, and Himalayan Griffon. They can be spotted either on the trees or on the riverside.

Other colorful species like Cheer pheasant, Kaleej Pheasant, Western Tragopan, Monal pheasant can be spotted from the Hamlets height. The jewel of the hidden waterfall in the forested valley can be a rewarded sight if uphill hike from the Rolla village is taken.

Take a solo trip or join travel community but must visit this beautiful county in the lap of nature.

How to make Your Japan Trip Complete with 9 steps? 

Aptly named as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, the country of Japan is a strato-volcanic archipelago made up of more than 6800 small and big islands. Placed on the eastern coast of the Asian continent, Japan is the second most populous island country in the world. This country is in bucket list of travelers for so many reasons.

Known for its rich heritage culture, the country is perfectly balanced between spacious natural parks and some of the most modern cities in the world. Although susceptible to many natural calamities, the city of Japan has a predominantly temperate climate throughout the different regions.

So if you are a solo backpacker or are a large group of explorers, here are some places that you can’t ignore.

Visit the country’s highest active volcano

Yes, you read it right! We are asking you to climb on Mount Fuji, an active volcano and enjoy some breath-taking views from one of the peak camps. A sacred mountain to the people of Shinto religion, the mountain also has numerous snow activities at its base station. Take a trip with tour expert to make bumpy rides smooth.

Experience the festivities of the Cherry blossom festival

If you are lucky enough to be anywhere in Japan in the starting weeks of the spring season, you will be able to experience the delightful views of the Hanami festival. A time when the whole of the country jumps into a festive mood, make sure you spend an evening of food, drinks, and music under the cherry blossom trees with the locals.

Attain serenity at the Nijo Castle

Built somewhere around the early 17th century, the Nijo Castle is the only castle to have been built at the ground level in Japan. Of the many picturesque landscapes around the palace, make sure you take a walk around the garden full of Sakura, maple and ginkgo trees to experience nature at its best.

Immerse yourself in this Shinto Shrine

One of the holiest shrines in Kyoto district, the place lets you experience an out of the world experience. With vermillion colored shrine gates places along the pathway as long as one can see, the place is a must visit for those who are stopping in Kyoto.

Indulge yourself in Local Cuisines

Home to the world famous Wasabi and Macha plants, the country offers some savoury and delicious dishes that must be enjoyed in their traditional and most exceptional form. For those who are seafood enthusiasts, your taste buds will sure go for a roller coaster ride around the city!

Cross the Busiest Intersection in the World

Pegged to be the busiest intersection in the world, the Shibuya crossing truly represents the spirit of Tokyo. Make sure you watch out for those drifting cars while crossing the intersection!

Located only a few kilometers outside the bustling city of Kyoto, the lands of Arashiyama offer a much needed relaxing environment within its vast bamboo groves. And if you get your timing right, you might just be able to experience the vastness of the jungle during the Hanatoro festival.

Walk Through the Calm Bamboo Forests

Relive the Aftermath of Nuclear Devastation

 An incident which shocked the world, the nuclear bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki are still remembered for the monstrous atrocities it caused during World War II. To honor those who died in the incident, the Japanese government established the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum to spread awareness about the repercussions of such destructive weapons.

Explore the Nightlife

Finally, for those who like to explore the party culture of various places, Tokyo offers a show like none other! Visit all kinds of robot restaurants, Karaoke bars, ramen restaurants, and nightclubs placed all over Tokyo. Indulge yourself in the local cuisines while gulping down sake all night!

So, what may seem like a small country on the world map, is actually a land filled with all kinds of opportunities for every kind of traveller who wants to explore the city. So what are you waiting for now? Pack your bags and travel to the land of opportunities! Koni-Chi-Wa!