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A great Off-the-Beaten-Path, Tirthan Valley (Himachal’s Best Kept Secret)

Endowed with scenic beautiful mountains and lovely rivers, Himachal is one such destination which is on almost every traveler’s bucket list. However Himachal is not only about visiting Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala etc. There are some quaint places that will provide you a great comfort, peace and treat to your eyes.
Situated at a height of 1600 meters above sea level, Tirthan Valley is one such place that offers something for everyone. You can explore the village by strolling around the river Tirthan, enjoy the spectacular views of mountains, get an insight into the local culture of Tirthan by talking to the villagers or you can enjoy trekking to new and unexplored places. It is a home to many mountainous excursions. The trek goes through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is very adventurous and scenic because of rich flora and fauna. It is known to be moderate to difficult and is a hidden gem of Himachal Pradesh. Saketi Top is one of the highest peaks inside the GHNP, the view from this top at 4280m ASL is breathtaking.

Tirthan Valley is named after river Tirthan. This beautiful river originates from icy glacier springs of Tirath Hanskund which is a pilgrimage site for local villagers too. Tirthan river is only heritage river of Himachal Pradesh with no dam or power project can be built on it’s stream and that’s the reason for it’s crystal clear water throughout year. The most preferred stay options(including home stays) here are riverside cottages located in Gushaini, Banjar or Nagni.

This quite valley is well kept secret for fishing. The crystal clear glacier water in the river is a home to the Trout fish where you can enjoy its fresh catch and barbecue. You need to take care Fishing season is from March to October. You can sit on the rocks right in the middle of the river Tirthan which makes angling much easier and delightful. Some properties also do fish farming where again you can enjoy your fresh catch.

Dalai Lama said “Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before.”, this is one spot on the face of Himachal Pradesh which is a stunning amalgamation of beautiful mountains, one of the cleanest river and vast flora and fauna with a blend of old culture and new investments.

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