Tirthan Valley, Himachal

Tirthan River Himachal Pradesh
Tirthan River

Do you like a slow paced, lazy holiday with an optional dash of adventure - trout fishing, easy treks, village walks and nature trails? If the answer is Yes, then you've got to visit Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh (India).

Lesser known places in Himachal Pradesh
Tirthan Valley - Himachal Pradesh

This Valley is known to attract the well traveled / seasoned traveler so you're sure to not have the crowds that make a dash for Manali, Shimla and other tourist hot spots in the State. 

The Valley is a diversion on the right of the main Chandigarh - Manali highway and about 3 hours before Manali. As you make your way towards the Valley you'll notice fewer cars, lesser people and amazing views.

Jamala Village - traditional Himachali village
Jamala Village 

Lately the valley has seen an increase in the number of homestays and resorts but there are no traffic jams and neither are there too many tourists as you would see in Manali. Tirthan Valley is still relatively quiet and ideal if you're looking to get lost in nature and get some much needed R&R.

Nature Trails in Tirthan Valley
Nature Trails in Tirthan Valley

Ideal for a longish vacation as it takes almost 10-12 hours to reach if you're driving from Delhi. I would plan to stay for 3-4 nights. Like I said above, trod here only if you want to take it easy, go for long walks / trek or try your hand at trout fishing. 

Sarchi Village Walk
Birds-eye View of Sarchi Village

I can also arrange for you to go trekking in and around the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) and visit traditional Himachali villages of Sarchi and Jamala. In fact, if you have a car you can drive up to the village or Sarchi and explore the villages. Keep a look out for the richly carved wooden framed houses in these villages.

Sarchi Village Walk - traditional Himachali village
Sarchi Village Walk

Houses in both Sarchi and Jamala villages still follow the traditional kath-kuni style of architecture which involves a unique way of using stone and wood giving the place a rustic finish. Mingle with the locals, experience their lifestyle, go for hikes and enjoy the valley's incredible views.

Jamala Village Himachal Pradesh
Walking to Jamala Village

Jamala village is located on the mountain above Sarchi, ask a local and they'll point you in the right direction. If you need a guide I can help arrange one too.

Healthy food during trekking
Freshly Roasted Wheat Kernels

On the way pass to Jamala you will see locals engage in terrace farming and if you're lucky even get to eat some fresh green peas, fruits or roasted wheat kernels - depending on the season you're there.

Birds of Tirthan Valley
Small Niltava - Male

For the serious trekker, various treks can be organized by professional organizations and individuals depending on your area of interest - medicinal plants and herbs, flowers, wildlife (musk deer, brown bear etc.), birdwatching (Western Tragopan, Monal and other high altitude birds) or simply brilliant landscapes, meadows and snow covered Himalayan peaks. I can organize such treks for you with reliable local trekking outfits.

Trout fishing in Tirthan Valley
Trout fishing in Tirthan Valley

Fishing for trout can also be a great way to kill time here, though it requires a lot of patience. A guide can be arranged to help you with the permits and equipment. 

Himalayan Trout
Himalayan Trout (catch and release)

Normally, if you catch trout that is less than 12 inches, please throw them back in the river as that is the rule by the Forest department. I personally caught two (beginner's luck) but I released them back in the river (strictly catch and release policy) as they were both under 12 inches. Back at the resort later that evening I was treated to a delicious 'farmed' smoked trout! 

Tirthan Valley Holidays
Natural pool to cool off in

After a long hot day walking around aimlessly or a lazy day having done zero, nothing can beat a relaxing cool dip in one of the natural shallow pools formed by the cascading waters of a near-by stream / river next to your resort. This, my friends is how you end your day in the Valley.

Please Note:
  • Wear dull color clothes (brown, grey, olive green) during nature walks and safaris.
  • There is no guarantee that you will see the above wildlife. The river and / or sanctuary is their habitat and sightings depend on water level in the river, human interference, climatic conditions, weather and other factors, migratory pattern of birds, most of which are beyond your and my control. I will do my best to show you all there is to see. 
  • What to carry during the safari: photo identification, camera, binoculars, warm jacket (in the winter), backpack, sun glasses, cap, vizer, sun block, some cash and drinking water.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly not permitted in National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.
  • Please do not throw trash on the floor even if you don't see a trash can. Please ask your walk leader to help you dispose the trash properly.
  • To prevent any disturbance to wildlife, I do not permit the use of any call playback to attract birds, feeding or baiting of wildlife. Despite this, if you do and are caught by the authorities or called out by locals or fellow wildlife enthusiasts, then you are entirely on your own - embarrassment, fines and other penalties as per the local laws governing national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are to be borne by you.
  • Due to the remoteness of the location, you may not have access to the kind of amenities, facilities and services that you typically are used to / get in big cities. Please ask me if you have any questions about what or what not to bring with you on this trip. Cell phone network and power supply in the area may be erratic too.

For any questions or if you're keen to visit the Valley, please feel free to email: info@travelwith.in or call +91-9717148483.