Have you got bored with your mundane life routine? Do you want to spend some time with the mother nature? Tirthan Valley is a place for you. It is situated at an altitude of 1600 km above sea level in the vicinity of The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). The Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, encompasses an area of 1100 sq. km.
Tirthan Valley is one of the unexplored destinations of Himalayas, no wonder why it is called “Himachal’s Best Kept Secret”. It is an amazing place for those who want to spend some time out of their hectic schedule in the realms of nature. Babbling of river water, noise of the waterfall, lush green forest, and the serene sky will take you to another world of peace and tranquility .
So, if you are going for the first time to Tirthan valley, you should know the whereabouts, Dos and Don’ts, places to visit and stay and most importantly what to enjoy there.
In this article, I’m going to talk about the 10 super amazing things to do in Tirthan Valley with details.
Trekking In Tirthan Valley
Trekking is one activity for which Tirthan Valley is known for. Following the tough trails, exploring the pristine nature covered with dense forests and diverse vegetation away from chaotic city life, it will be your one of the best experience in hilly areas.
Best Time for Trekking: The moderate climate is the best for trekking like Spring (April- June) and Autumn ( September- November).
How to Reach: The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) has no roads and other services for vehicles so you have to walk. It is a protected and preserved area.
Types of Treks: All treks are divided on the level of stamina needed starting from 20, which is easy for an average health person, and going up to 100, which is recommendable only for a sporty and sturdy person having an optimal stamina. The operators and experienced guides will select the trek which will suit you best.
- 00-20: For an average health person living a normal sedentary life.
- 20-40: For an average health person who can walk for an hour or so.
- 40-60: For a healthy person who can run, cycle and does some physical exercises.
- 60-80: For a sporty person who works but also does physical exercises on daily basis or plays some kind of sport. In short, his/her body can tolerate prolonged physical activities.
- 80-100: For a sporty person who has been in the mountain region at high altitude before and has the potential to survive in the challenging conditions.
Trek Destinations: There are trek routes and destinations depending upon the difficulty level and the number of days required to reach a location.
ROLLA TREK: It is for the beginners as the trail is short and easy for trekking. It usually takes two days and 3-4 hours per day of average walking to reach Rolla. The starting point is Gushaini. Rolla is at a high altitude about 2100m above sea level.
RANGTHAR TREK: It is an easy trail for trekking too but it needs more stamina and physical activities than Rolla Trek. It usually takes 2-3 days and 3-4 hours per day of average walking to reach Ranghtar where you can enjoy beautiful meadows and high mountains of the Himalayas. The starting point is Pekhri village. Ranghtar is at a high altitude about 2860m above sea level.
SHILT HUT AND RAKHUNDI TREK: Shilt hut is on the trail of Rolla Trek. When you climb to the Shilt hut, you can have more exposure to the biodiversity of flora and fauna. If you will be lucky enough, you will get a view of different types of birds including monal. It usually takes 3 days and 4 hours per day of average walking to reach Shilt hut. To get exposure to more wilderness and wildlife, you need to climb more to Rakhundi which will take 1 more day. Shilt hut and Rakhundi are at the high altitudes about 3000m and 3600m above sea level respectively.
MARAHNI AND KUNDRI TREK: Marahni trek is on the trail of Ranghthar trek. Kundri meadow is on the same trail and it is used for camping for relaxing. It usually takes 3-5 days and 4 hours per day of average walking to reach Marahni. Marahni and Kundri are at the high altitudes about 3670m and 3350m above sea level respectively.
LAMBRI TREK: This trek is not present in the area of the GHNP but it has some unique sightseeing. It has temples and villages on the trail. The starting point is Jalori Pass. It usually takes 3-5 days and 4 hours per day of average walking to reach Lambri. Lambri is at a high altitude about 3600m above sea level.
OOKHAL TREK: This trek is for a person with greater stamina. The trek is on the way of Marahni. It usually takes 4-5 days and 4 hours per day of average walking to reach Ookhal. It is at high altitude about 3740m above sea level.
RAKTISAR TREK: This trek is for a person with greater stamina as it needs more physical efforts. It usually takes 6-8 days and 4.5 hours per day of average walking to reach Raktisar. It is at high altitude about 3900m above sea level.
NADA, KOBRI & TIRTH TREKS: This trek is for a sporty person or someone who is habitual of trekking. It is the on the trail of Rolla and Shilt hut trek. It usually takes 7-9 days and 6 hours per day of average walking to reach Tirth. It is at a high altitude about 4300m above sea level.
PIN PARVATI TREK: This one is the longest and most difficult trek among all treks. It usually takes 9-10 days and 6-7 hours per day of average walking to reach Pin Parvati. It is at high altitude about 5320m above sea level.
Trekking Rates: Depends on the trek and the number of group members.
Hiking In Tirthan Valley
If you find it difficult to go for trekking, then 1 or 2 days hiking is best option for you. Also, It is an adventurous activity for children. Hiking will give to exposure to the treasury of wilderness and ecosystem of Tirthan Valley.
There are professional guides present to help you out on the trail and to provide you with food and other services. You have to do a booking on an authentic site for this.
Best Time: Unlike trekking, hiking can be enjoyed on any day throughout the year. Except, when there is a heavy downpour.
How To Reach: It depends on the hike and location you choose, you may have to drive for some time(5 min-1 hour).
Types of Hikes: Hike depends on the place you choose to hike from or hike to. It also depends on the difficulty level.
- Hike to the GHNP Park gate
- Hikes from Jalori pass
- Hike to Myagi and Chehani Kothi
Trout Fishing In Tirthan Valley
Trout fishes are one of the main attractions of Tirthan Valley. If you and your family have never gone for fishing, this is the best place for a refreshing experience of fishing in the lap of nature.
If you know nothing about fishing, contact guides. They will provide you with fishing rods and other necessary equipments and also will help you in angling.
Best Time: Spring time(April to mid- June)
Location: Banjar and Gushaini. Trout fishes are available in Tirthan and Sainj river.
How to reach: Drive to the Banjar. Beyond Gushaini, you have to go on foot.
Birdwatching In Tirthan Valley
Watch the different species of birds flying in the sky. Tirthan Valley and the GHNP are the habitats of the local birds and animals.
If you are lucky enough, you will be able to see Western Tragopan, Rare pheasants, vultures, eagles, etc.
Best time: Birdwatching can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Locations: Naturalist and expert guides will help you to find out the place with the best view.
How to Reach: You have to walk or drive to that place.
Recreational Activities In Tirthan Valley
If you are tired of trekking and hiking, you can try some recreational activities like rappelling, rock climbing, jumaring, river crossing, horseback riding, flying fox, etc.
These recreational activities are fun for children as well as adults and can be enjoyed more in hilly areas like Tirthan Valley. You will be provided with guidance and necessary equipments.
Best time: During the day time before sun sets throughout the year.
Location: The eco-zone of th GHNP.
How to Reach: By the mode of transport you are using to reach the GHNP.
Stargazing In Tirthan Valley
Who doesn’t love the sky full of stars? Observe the surreal beauty of the sky and look at the beautiful stars in Tirthan Valley. You can use telescope to have a better view of stars.
Best Time: From dusk till dawn, get lost in the beauty of night sky.
Locations: Tirthan Eagle Nest homestay is a place where you can watch stars without interruption or anywhere where the night sky is clearly visible.
Watching Snowfall In Tirthan Valley
If you love to play with snow, experience the white beauty of Tirthan Valley. Tirthan Valley is a perfect place to visit in winters to grab the opportunity to watch snowfall.
Best Time: Winters (December to March)
Location: Higher altitudes of Tirthan Valley
How to Reach: Use Jalori Pass to reach the snowy area.
Visiting Temples In Tirthan Valley
If you are tired of physical activities and want to devote some time to find inner peace, you can visit beautiful temples of Tirthan Valley. You will also know about the devotion of the people and various pilgrims’ stories.
Best Time: Whenever you want to.
Locations: Kali Naag Temple, Chehni Kothi
How to Reach: You can walk or have a drive.
Celebrating Festivals With Local People In Tirthan Valley
India is a country of festivals. If you love festivals like me too, you can visit Tirthan Valley to know their ways of celebrating festivals. Also, you will find out about some new festivals celebrated by local people.
Best Time: Locals celebrate different festivals throughout the year, so there is no specific best time.
Festivals: Some of the prominent festivals are
- Holi- festival of colors
- Diwali- festival of lights
- Dussehra- Ravana’s statue is burned.
- Faguli - This festival’s got its name from ‘falgun’ (spring season). It is celebrated as the win of god over the evil.
Mountain Biking In Tirthan Valley
Last but not the least, you can go on the cycling trips using a mountain bike. Mountain biking is a quirky but adventurous experience in Tirthan Valley. Although it seems a little tough for a normal person, you can still give a try to the trip from Banjar to Gushaini. If you find it easier to roam around with a mountain bike than trekking, you can cycle up to Ropa. But I would advise you to first consult an expert or a regular cyclist there.
Best Time: Throughout the year except during monsoon.
Locations: Gushaini, Banjar, Ropa, Bathaad to Sai Ropa road.
I hope you are now ready to pack your bags and go to follow a trail in Tirthan Valley.