Tirthan Valley – Your way to a peaceful weekend
Tirthan Valley is another beautiful and breathtaking valley which is becoming popular in recent years only. The name of the valley also signifies one entire block in the Himachal state of India. This beautiful valley is located at a distance of just 38 Km from the Mandi town in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 2800 meters. The highest point of Tirthan valley is Serolosar lake which is located at an altitude of 3100 meters above sea level.
Why Tirthan Valley is famous
The center for attraction here in this valley is its lofty mountains and hills with an abundance of deodar and pine trees, further enhancing its beauty. The Tirthan valley also houses many apple orchards inside it, which can be worth visiting for you. Its calm and serene environment during summer and snow-covered trees attracts many tourists here to enjoy this isolated natural beauty.
There are some sacred places and temples, which can be reached by trekking only with the help of locals because those places are located in the forest areas. Localities here in the valley are very polite and understand Hindi and Punjabi language very well, however they communicate in the local language among themselves.
How to reach Tirthan Valley
Tirthan valley is located at a close distance of 38 Km from the beautiful town of Mandi in Himachal over the Delhi Manali highway (NH21). Hence you can reach Tirthan valley throughout the year by any mode of transport you prefer. This valley is very well connected with the famous hill stations like Manali, and you can plan your trip accordingly. The district headquarter of Kullu is just 62 Km from here and Manali is further 40 km to reach.
By Flight to Tirthan Valley
Because of close proximity to Kullu, you can reach here at Tirthan valley by air comfortably. The nearest airport to this valley is Bhuntar airport at a distance of 55 km, with all-time taxi facilities available to commute. The flight schedule depends on the prevailing weather at Kullu, hence you must check the schedule prior to planning your trip here.
By Rail to Tirthan Valley
Being located at such a high altitude, you cannot expect to reach here by Rail. However, you can complete some portion of your itinerary by rail before reaching the valley. The nearest railway station to the valley is Chandigarh which is 270 km i.e 7-hour journey. From Chandigarh, you have to opt for taxi or bus services to reach here timely.
By Bus to Tirthan Valley
The road is the most affordable and frequently taken medium by travelers here. As situated in close proximity to Delhi Manali Highway, you can access this place by road very conveniently. Chandigarh has located 225 km from here with a beautiful connection by roads for you to explore. You can get state-operated deluxe and ordinary buses to commute or else can go for privately owned Volvo buses transiting from daily on daily basis.
To access this valley, you have to de board at the entry gate of Aut tunnel while going to Manali. From this point, you have to take a diversion and drive for another 30 km, and the road for it will pass closely with Larji Dam.
Best time to visit Tirthan Valley
As far as weather concerns, the valley offers beautiful and pleasant weather throughout the year to enjoy. The summer season which starts from April onwards provides you with the natural beauty of the valley at peak with the temperature remaining pretty cool up to 25 degrees. While winter season will offer you a white blanket of snow over the trees and roads making nights further chilly and dropping temperature to sub-zero level.
Monsoon season in the months of July-August should be avoided if possible, because of heavy rains and landslides being a major concern.
Things to do in Tirthan Valley
If you are a lover of orchards and want to explore your love then Janjehli is the best place for you to feel your love. It is a beautiful and isolated village located at a height of 2150 meters which is around 94 Km from Mandi town. You will find many fruit orchards here around this village especially apples, Nashpati, Khumani, and Plume fruits. This village comes under Thunag district with Sundernagar as its closest town and offers you an untouched beauty of nature to feel and explore.
This village has a famous Shikara Devi temple at just 16 km from this village, which has high importance among devotees around. Goddess Shikara Devi is worshipped here in the form of a black stone idol beside many other religious idols present alongside in the temple. This temple is believed to be in existence since the Mahabharata era, is located on a hilltop surrounded by forest. The surprising fact about this temple is that idols are worshipped without a roof.
if you want to visit Kullu from the capital city of Shimla then you will cross through this tiny hamlet located beautifully in the Tirthan valley. You will find nature at its best form here in this village with arrangements of comfort made by trunks of olive trees themselves. Still left with very little human intervention, this charming place is the best offbeat destination for you to enjoy your weekend from the hustle of the cities.
The pollution-free atmosphere with deodar trees surrounded all the sides will surely make you fall in love with the beauty of this place. Sloping mountains and snow-covered hills with green layers of nature spread up to Great Himalayan National Park. Magnificent hilltops and slides, waterfalls, fort, and many more things located in close vicinity to provide you best of the Mother Nature. From the Aut tunnel, you have to drive for 40 km more to reach here through Banjar and Jibhi.
The Jalori pass is at a height of 3125 meters and it acts as a connecting link between Kullu and Shimla. This pass offers you panoramic views and great landscapes to spend some luxurious time with the circle. Pass also has one old temple where Lord Shiva and Budhi Nagin is being worshipped. You will get some refreshment options here at the pass, but to have a meal you are advised to go to nearby locations like Jibhi or Shoja. Both these beautiful locations are equidistant at 5 km from Jalori pass. You can further trek for another 5-6 Km to reach yet another beautiful and clear water Serolsar lake.
You can easily drive your vehicle up to the pass, but to reach the Serolsar lake, you have to park your vehicle at the Jalori pass and trek further. The leading road to Jalori pass 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. The pass opens in the second week of March and shuts down in December due to snowfall.
Once you are at Jalori pass, you must not miss trekking to this beautiful Serlosar Lake, located about 5 km from Jalori Pass. The trekking till the lake is quite moderate and you can reach here without any discomfort. It is advised to carry your own refreshments as there is one shop half a kilometer before the lake. This lake is situated at an altitude of 3100 meters and acts as the highest point of the valley.
You will get a temple devoted to Goddess ‘Budhi Naagin’here at the lake. As per legends, Goddess ‘Budhi Naagin’, the Mother of Snakes, resides in the Serolsar Lake. She is said to have two birds as companions in the vicinity, who jointly protect the lake, keeping it clean and pure. Moreover, it is also believed that the Pandavas visited this place during their exile.
Jibhi is another tiny hamlet nestled in the valley throwing the beauty of nature at its best form. Jibhi is 5 km from the famous Jalori pass and you can easily drive up to jibhi from any side. Jibhi is untouched beauty and becoming popular in recent years among travelers. A simple and homely environment provided by locals to you will not let you go.
Jibhi has many things to explore like waterfalls, trekking, Bird watching, and camping which will make you fall in love with nature. Beautifully located alongside the bank of a stream, you can spend luxury time here with your family. You can also enjoy fishing as well here at Jibhi, but before that, you must have a permit from a fisheries officer in Nagini village.
Parvati Valley is situated in the Kullu District which is around 70 km from Tirthan valley. This valley got its name from the river Parvati which flows through the valley. The highest point at 1600 meter in this valley, it acts as a gateway to the famous religious place of Manikaran, which is equally important for Hindu and Sikh religion people. Other locations to explore here are Kasol, Malana, and Kheer Ganga trekking. You can visit a dedicated blog on Parvati valley to explore it in detail.
The mystical Parashar lake is beautifully located at a distance of 70 Km from the Tirthan valley and can be easily accessed through Mandi town. This lake has religious as well as historical importance for the people around. As per mythology, this lake was created by Pandavas post-Mahabharat war, and Bheem pushed the peak and denting the oval shape lake. This lake has a beautiful location with 80% water and 20% land component like a floating island in the water.
Lake also has a pagoda-style architecture and a 13th-century old temple in the honor of Rishi Prashar. This temple was made by King Bhansen who was ruling the Mandi kingdom at that time in devotion to Rishi Parashar who was believed to be meditating here.
You can go for camping and trekking like adventure activity around this iconic lake and explore the beauty further. You can visit this lake anytime in the year, but traveling in the winter season is difficult because of snow-covered mountains. It will take 4 to 5 hours of Trekking to reach this lake from Mandi, but you must adhere to important trekking tips and consult local experts before starting.
Hampta pass is another beautiful location if you are a trekking and adventure sports lover. Hampta pass is 30 km from the famous Parashar lake and it is quite an easy and comfortable trek. This pass offers you the mesmerizing scenic beauty of mountains, lakes, and valleys to spend a beautiful time here. This place is like not to avoid the place for photographers having a wide range of frames for them to capture and memorize.
Pandoh Dam is another location for you to explore, once you plan your trip to the Tirthan valley. This dam is just 20 km from the valley and actually, you have to travel across this dam when coming from Mandi town to the valley. It is an embankment Dam built to generate hydroelectric power, lies in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, and constructed on Beas River. The place is an ideal spot for picnics and is much cherished by families and kids.
Hotels in Tirthan valley
There are lots of options available for you to stay in the valley, but if possible try to explore home stays option which will give you a feel of local culture. You can find good hotels in the hamlets like Jibhi, Shoja and Banjaar. You can book cheap hotels at convenient prices in the locations. Booking by online mode can be completed by paying through Plastic money like credit cards , but it is difficult to get card facility to access in the valley. So it is highly recommended to go with sufficient cash, as ATM/ Card facilities are not expected there.
You can find good accommodation otion to stay in Jibhi, Shoja, Banjar and Gushaini village.
Services Available at Tirthan valley :
1. Mobile network Yes of most of the operators
2. Bank/ATM – SBI small branch at Jibhi but for ATM NO
3. Hospital No, but available in Mandi and Kullu
4. Pharmacy/Medicals Yes
5. Restaurants Yes
6. Bars Yes Liquor shop is also available
7. Automobile/Vehicle Repair Yes
8. Courier facility Yes
9. Massage & Spa plus Saloons. No
10. Police Station No, but small unit can be seen
Nearby places to Tirthan Valley
Manali – 72 Km
Parvati Valley – 72 Km
Spiti Valley – 246 Km
McLeodganj – 186 Km
Chandertaal – 150 Km
Important Points needs focus:-
If you are thinking for a vacation there are some points which are worth mentioning here, will be helpful for you in your trip:
⇒ If you are in the planning phase, it is recommended to go through the blog on 12 things to consider for planning a trip.
⇒ Once the plan is finalized, it is very important for you to cater to your safety and security during the trip and for that there is a detailed blog on Travel Safety tips which you should fo through.
⇒Don’t throw Plastic and spoil the beauty of Hill station ( and you know Distilled water, Cold Drink Bottles are the main culprit)
⇒Please left this beauty for our next generation to enjoy as well
⇒Carry sufficient Cash in hand which will save you from some situations where no card facility exists
⇒Try to taste local foods wherever you go
⇒Be polite with serving staff
⇒If time and your will permit please help locals collect garbage thrown over there by visitors like us so that we can think to plan the same destination again.
⇒Hotels can be checked online but if possible please visit Hotel personally and then only proceed for payment (especially in the Offseason).
⇒Check your Hotel room for any suspicious things like Camera and all as frauds are on the peak so Don’t compromise your safety.
⇒Inculcate a habit of carrying First Aid Box with minimal requirements in an emergency like Fever, Headache, Stomach pain, Cold and Flu, Dysentery, etc.
At the end don’t forget
⇒To take your Camera + addition batteries + memory cards to allow you to capture memorable moments forever without any glitches.
⇒Wherever need please, Hire local Guides.
⇒Try to enjoy the time there and don’t just keep clicking images unnecessarily.
Suggestions are most welcomed