Tirthan Valley is a hidden treasure in the lands of Himachal Pradesh. Far away from the hustle-bustle and an off-beat tourist location, it is an ideal place if you want to spend a few days at leisure in nature’s lap, enjoy trekking, fishing, and nature’s walk. Tirthan Valley perched at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level is the perfect getaway destination blessed with a wealth of nature’s treasures. It is the perfect place to be if you are tired of the hustle & bustle of the everyday metro life full of noise and pollution.
Tirthan Valley was named after the pristine Tirthan river, the valley offers opens the doors to the newly recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site – The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), spread over an area of 1100 sq kilometers. It is a paradise for trekkers, offering one of the finest trekking opportunities in the world. Not to forget for bird lovers as well who spend days camping in the heart of this park. For not only an escape from the overcrowded city life but also an escape from the more-crowded Himachali getaways, it doesn’t get much better than Tirthan.
How to Reach Tirthan Valley
A) If you are driving yourself, take the route for Mandi-Aut-Manali. There is an Aut tunnel. You should NOT enter the tunnel before the tunnel takes a right turn. After crossing the hydro project you will reach Larjee. From Larjee you should take left towards Banjar (the other route will take you to Sainj valley). Before Banjar, the road bends towards the left for Tirthan which should be taken.
B) If you are taking Volvo from Delhi or Chandigarh, reach Aut and then take a bus for Banjar. There will be many private bus operators going to Banjar from here. From Banjar, take the next bus or cab (Rs.100-200 max)to Tirthan.
Top 8 Things worth Doing in Tirthan Valley
River crossing in the Tirthan Valley is an adventure sport for people who are looking for some adrenaline rush in the quiet valley. A person is tied to a safety harness and slides from one point to the other, with the turbulent Tirthan river gushing underneath. The icy cold spray of the river while taking on the sport, sure is a motivating factor for enthusiasts.
Serlosar Lake, another major attraction of the village, is located about 5 km from Jalori Pass. The walk to the lake is equally enchanting from Jalori pass, with a thick cover of oak trees. The lake is located at an altitude of about 3,100 meters and is believed to have medicinal properties.
The place is better known for its temple devoted to Goddess Budhi Nagin. It is believed that the Goddess has a hundred sons and acts as a guardian of the place. The trek to reach the lake is moderate and it is advised to carry its own refreshments as there is one shop half a kilometer before the lake. Some guesthouses have been set up near the lake now.
Jibhi, Tirthan Valley
Often referred to as a mesmerizing “hamlet” situated amidst the lush green forests and surrounded by variegated mountains, Jibhi is just the right place to relax and spend some peaceful moments with your loved ones. An offbeat place in Himachal Pradesh, Jibhi is untouched by industrialization and surrounded by nature. The dense pine forests, tranquil freshwater lakes, and pristine temples make this place worth visiting. You will be spellbound after visiting this place and would not want to leave it. The cozy Victorian-style cottages in which you can stay are an added bonus that makes you feel as if you are living in the Victorian Period. So enjoy a cup of chai breathing in the fresh air and listening to the sweet chirpings of the birds in the lap of nature.
Shringa Rishi Temple
t a distance of 60 km from Kullu, 65 km from Mandi, and 6.5 km from Banjar, Shringa Rishi Temple is situated at Baggi village in Banjar valley.
The Shringa Rishi Temple (or Shringi Rishi Temple) is an important religious center for the locals. The temple of Shringi Rishi is considered very sacred by locals and they believe that this deity is one that protects them. Shringi Rishi is one of the eighteen chief deities of Kullu valley.
This temple is dedicated to sage Rishyasringa, who was the legendary saint of Kashyapa’s lineage. Shringi Rishi was a great saint of the Ramayana era and his father was saint Vibhandak Rishi. Shringi Rishi performed Putrakameshti Yagna for King Dashrath of Ayodhya, after that Lord Rama and his three brothers were born. Shringi Rishi is the ruling deity of Banjar valley. Here Rishi is popularly known as Skirni Deo. This temple has been reconstructed in 2008.
Once a year, in the month of May, thousands of pilgrims come here every year to pay homage to Lord Shringa. During the rest of the year, the place remains inaccessible due to thickly covered snow.
This place needs a short walk for 10 minutes from the main road.
Jalori Pass Trek
Nestled in the peaks of northern Himalayas lies the Jalori mountain pass, located between the districts of Kullu and Shimla. Perhaps one would recognize it better as the snow-covered summit in the Bollywood film “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, where actors Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are seen trekking through the mountainside.
The pass opens in the second week of March and shuts down in December due to snowfall. Situated at a height of 10,800 feet above sea level, Jalori Pass is located at a distance of 5 kilometers from Shoja. The leading road is narrow and extremely steep, not to mention uneven and full of potholes, making it a bumpy ride and sometimes it becomes difficult to drive the car even in first gear. Vehicles are prone to slipping due to frost during the winter, even after machines have swept away the snow.
The Jalori Pass Trek that starts from here is a moderate level trek seated amidst vast coniferous forests, and can be best covered between the seasons of mid-June to mid-October when traversing through the snow is an easy feat. The path leads to the nearby Serolsar Lake and ‘Budhi Naagin’ temple.