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A Guide to Tirthan Valley
Tirthan Valley is famous for its meadows and orchards, villages, waterfalls and springs, and scenic Himalayan mountains. As a slow travel destination, it is the perfect antidote for the fast-paced life.
Though it is removed from the hustle-bustle of city life, there are many things to do in Tirthan Valley, from exploring nature to engaging with local culture.
While in Tirthan Valley, you can go on treks and day hikes. There are opportunities for camping under the open skies and to stargaze. You can also take up adventure activities such as rappelling or fishing for trout or go birdwatching.
Apart from outdoor activities, you can discover the culture of the people here and enjoy the food, festivals, architecture, and temples unique to the place.
We can create a personalised itinerary for exploring Tirthan Valley based on your interests and preferences, so that you can make the most of your visit and explore all the major attractions of Tirthan Valley.
April to June and then September to November.
Depending on the trek you will select. Many treks starts from and ends at the village Gushaini.
For each trek that we propose on this website you will find accurate information about the required fitness.
You can go for most of our treks with kids from the age of 6.
The Park is famous for its pristine forests and endemic birds and animals.
We organise treks in GHNP, ranging from two to ten days, as trekking is the best and only way to discover GHNP.
Read more about trekking in GHNP and our treks.
Through the year, except during heavy snowfall.
You can use transport to Bihar village and hike from there. A new road reaches Chehni directly but we advise you to reach on foot.
It is a 45-minute hike with a few steep slopes.
It is believed to be a watchtower, though its purpose is not fully clear.
The kath-kuni architecture employs the use of local wood and stones and is one of the traditional architectural styles that the villages still use.
Summer and monsoon.
Chhoie Waterfall can be reached from Sairopa and Jibhi Waterfall is close to the main town.
The hike to Chhoie Waterfall includes a few steep slopes while the one to Jibhi Waterfall is a 10-minute walk.
Chhoie Waterfall in Sairopa and Jibhi Waterfall are two of the beautiful waterfalls in Tirthan Valley. Chhoie Waterfall is a 45-minute hike from Gushaini and follows the trail between Sai Ropa and Nagini. The hike goes through a village and a forest. Chhoie Mata is worshipped by the locals here.
Jibhi waterfall is close to the main town and accessible via a well-maintained path.
Nothing more refreshing than going to a waterfall in the heat of the summer.
All seasons except winter when it is closed because of snowfall.
It is less than an hour’s drive, which we can arrange.
Till the pass no effort is required unless you wish to hike from there.
One of the hiking trails going east gives you vistas of the lower Himalayas. This trail takes you to Serolsar Lake. It is a 4-hour hike through a pine and deodar forest. The Serolsar Lake is considered sacred and a pilgrimage spot as locals come here to make offerings at the Budhi Nagin temple.
Another hiking trail heads west from Jalori Pass. This trail includes a few steep climbs. This will take you to Raghupur Fort ruins in a meadow. From here, you can take in a view of the Dauladhar range.
All seasons except winter when snowfall may reduce accessibility to some villages.
By car. You can also take a bus. Some of the villages are not connected to any road, hence you need to hike to reach them.
A short hike may be required to reach some of the villages.
A short drive from Gushaini is another quaint village called Bathad, which is by the Palachan river. It is the starting point for many treks, including the Bashleo Pass Trek. At around 10km from Gushaini is Pekhri, located at 2150m, which can now be accessed via a motorable road.
Sarchi is another beautiful village known for its nearby meadows and serene environment. Jamala village is a short hike from Sarchi and is known for its old kath-kuni-style houses. Other villages close by are Shoja in Seraj Valley and Jibhi, which is popular among backpackers.
Some of the most beautiful villages are accessible on foot only.
April to June and then September to November
Depends on the trek, but most begin and end at Gushaini.
Varies. We provide the required fitness level and the difficulty of the trek in the trek profile on our website.
Kids over 6 can usually go on the treks. Please enquire for more details.
As it is close to GHNP, there are many treks that we organise within the Park. You can contact us to know more about Tirthan Valley trek packages and Tirthan Valley trek costs.
All through the year.
Depends on where you stay. We can arrange for transport where required.
You don’t have to be very sporty or fit to go on day hikes. We can recommend the best day hikes based on your fitness and comfort levels.
Tirthan Valley day hikes present the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Here, it means forested mountainscapes, birdsong, and scenic views. As many of the hiking trails go through villages and hamlets, you will also experience the local way of living, which includes orchards, traditional architecture, and sacred places of worship.
Day hikes don’t require the same amount of physical effort as treks and you can pack in a lot of experiences in a few hours.
A careful and respectful drive can offer you a great experience of the valley.
Some of the best roads and drives in the valley are:
- Banjar and Gushaini: You’ll find many tourism-oriented establishments along this stretch.
- Gushaini to Pekhri: There are many loops here and it is a beautiful drive.
- Gushaini to Bathad: You can go as far as Tila Pul.
- Jibhi to Bahu: The drive offers splendid views of GHNP.
- Banjar to Jalori Pass: It’s a scenic drive through a forest of towering trees.
River activities in summer only. Rock climbing and rappelling through the year. Fishing through the year except during monsoon and winter.
They are usually between Sai Ropa and Gushaini. Some can be found near Jibhi.
You must be in good shape, but the activities don’t require stamina.
Kids over 7.
Adventure activities in Tirthan Valley include river crossing, rappelling, and rock climbing.
These are among some of the exciting things to do in Tirthan Valley. You can also enjoy trout fishing in Tirthan Valley.
We provide the staff and high-quality camping equipment to ensure a safe and fun experience.
Through the year but some bird species migrate in winter.
Depends on the location of the trails, but usually within 1 hour walking distance.
Some habitats may be accessible only by foot on mountain trail.
Being adjacent to a protected area (GHNP), the Tirthan valley is known for the 200+ species of birds that it shelters. The endangered Western Tragopan is the flagship of the birdlife in the area.
Our naturalist guides will take you through the trails and to the habitats of birds such as pheasants, vultures, eagles, and much more.
Rare species of birds can be observed in the Tirthan valley with the help of our naturalist guides.
Just camp at a high altitude site or come with us for telescope view of the stars and planets.
We have a telescope at the Tirthan Eagle Nest homestay or you can bring your own. But the clear sky is visible with or without a telescope.
If you’d like to enjoy stargazing in Tirthan Valley, reach out to us and we will help you set camp at a high-altitude site.
From mid-April to mid-June (best) and mid September to end of October (less fish).
The river is accessible by road between Banjar and Gushaini. Beyond Gushaini you need to go on foot.
Only if you want to fish beyond Gushaini (on foot).
First-timers or experienced anglers simply love fishing in the mountainous environment of the Tirthan valley.
We can provide the fishing rods and an instructor to help you learning the best technique. A fishing permit valid for one day has to be obtained form the local administration. We will do that for you, don't worry.
Please contact us for any further information about angling in the Tirthan valley.
It is known as the Valley of God and with good reason. The presence of devtas and sacred groves in Tirthan Valley is visible and abundant here. Locals worship devtas and you will come across many little shrines.
Red-and-gold fabric wrapped around trees is a common sight in Kullu. Every village has a shrine and a devta who is worshipped and consulted through a gur (priest) before undertaking any task, be it the cutting of trees or marriage.
Faguli and Holi are usually celebrated in February and March respectively. Dusshera and Diwali are usually around October and November.
You can reach villages via personal/public transport or by foot.
Minimal unless you choose to hike to the village.
The people here worship festivals such as Holi (festival of colours) and Diwali (festival of lights). Dusshera too is celebrated here but celebrations are unique to the region with processions for local deities of which there are many.
Among the unique festivals in Tirthan Valley is Fagli or Faguli, a festival of masks and dance, which is celebrated for the upcoming harvest and around Maha Shivratri.
During the Faguli festival where people dance wearing masks and natural branches as clothes.
Shringa Rishi temple
Obviously there are plenty of temples in the valley of the gods.
Anytime. Accessibility to some temples may be cut off because of snowfall in winter.
You can reach the temples via personal/public transport or by foot.
Hiking may be involved if the temple is located in a remote region.
Some of the deities are believed to be rishis who passed away and are now regarded as divine. Each temple has its own story related to the deity and miracles associated with the deity.
Besides the folklore and mythology, the architecture of the temples too is interesting. A few temples are the Shringa Rishi Temple in Banjar, Balo Nag Temple in Bahu, and Buddhi Nagin Temple at Serolsar Lake.
We can recommend the best temples in Tirthan Valley to visit based on your plans.
Anytime. The season for fresh fruits from orchards is September to June.
Depends on what you’d like to try and where.
Driving or hiking maybe involved if you want to forage or eat at a home in one of the villages.
The local food in Tirthan Valley is generally what you will find in north India along with a few unique dishes. While in Tirthan Valley, you have to try out siddu (a giant momo), trout fish, mutton in soup, rajma with desi ghee, and dham.
Kullu is famous for apple orchards and apricot orchards. During fruiting season, you can eat fruits straight off the trees in the orchards. Rhododendron juice or tea is also a refreshing treat.
We can suggest where you can find the best local food. We can also arrange for you to have a meal at a local home with food prepared by the local people.
The trout fish is probably the most popular fresh food in the Tirthan valley.
Snow in the Tirthan valley
Enjoy the snow in a pristine environment. Here, near the Jalori pass.
You can expect snowfall in Tirthan Valley in winter from late December to February. There are many things to do in Tirthan Valley in December and the winter months despite the snowfall. Tirthan Valley in December, January, and February is covered in snow and looks like it is straight out of a picture storybook. It is the perfect place to spend Christmas holidays.
Experiencing snowfall is fabulous, especially in India where the plains never see snowfall. You can also experience snow in other seasons but you’ll have to trek to the higher altitudes for it. But during winter, all of Tirthan Valley is draped in snow.
Some of the activities are not possible in winter such as river-based activities and treks. Places in higher altitudes like Jalori Pass are inaccessible when it is snowing, except if you don't mind snow hiking.
We can suggest the best activities in winter in Tirthan Valley.
Recognition of Himalayan Ecotourism
Himalayan Ecotourism is the winner of the To Do award 2022 in the field of "Socially Responsible Tourism".
We are also the Overall Winner of the Indian Responsible Tourism Award 2019 and the Gold winner in the Best Adventure Operator category.
We have been declared winner of the Sustainable Tourism Award 2019 by Skal International and Biosphere.
Our cooperative-based model of social enterprise and our efforts to conserve the Himalayas are the main reasons for winning these awards.
Thank you to all our cooperative members, our customers, our friends and well-wishers !