Things to do in Tirthan Valley include a wide range of fun and challenging adventures. While you are in this valley, make sure you explore the best of this beautiful region.
Sleepy hamlets, Ancient temples, immaculate hiking trails, beautiful forests, exquisite landscapes are some of the things that Tirthan Valley offers to its visitors.
There are a lot of activities that you engage yourself in this pristine valley called Tirthan. From trout fishing to hiking in the eco-zone of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Great Himalayan National Park, GHNP.
24 Amazing Things to do in Tirthan Valley
In this blog, I will outline the places to see and things to do in Tirthan Valley. Therefore, a well-defined itinerary for Tirthan Valley is very important to help you plan your trip here.
Before I go further into the things to do in Tirthan valley, you first need to understand, What & Where exactly is Tirthan Valley? Well, surprising as it may seem but there is no valley named Tirthan. The entire region is known as Seraj. Tirthan is the name of the river.
To make things easier for tourists it is known as Tirthan Valley. Seraj valley is divided into three parts Inner Seraj, Outer Seraj, and Mandi Seraj. Jalori Jot and Bashleo Jot separate Inner Seraj from Outer. Both Inner and Outer Seraj are part of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh including the Tirthan valley.
1. Travel to Jalori pass for Excellent Panoramic Views
Jalori pass is a motorable mountain pass connecting Kullu district from Shimla district. Perched at around 3000m it offers excellent panoramic views of Pir-Panjal, Dhauladhars, Kinnaur ranges.
Travelling to Jalori Pass was one of my favourite memories from the trip. Just the sheer drive to Jalori is spellbinding.
2. Visit the Enticing Waterfalls In Tirthan Valley
One thing people go gaga over in the Tirthan valley is enticing waterfalls. There quite a few waterfalls some obscure, while some are quite popular.
The famous waterfalls in Tirthan Valley that you must see are Jibhi waterfall, Choie, Hippo waterfalls. Some of the waterfalls do require a short hike to reach.
3. Go Trout fishing in Tirthan Valley
This is one of the most popular activities to be done in Tirthan valley. Most of the homestays will have arrangements if the visitors want to go trout fishing. They will charge a certain amount for this.
You will require a permit for fishing in Tirthan Valley and it is easy to obtain. In most cases, the homestays will take care of the permit on your behalf. It is believed that the Tirthan valley has the best trout fishes.
4. Camp by the side of Tirthan River
Camping is one of the most amazing things to do in Tirthan Valley. There are many providers who have set up camping grounds near the river Tirthan.
Sitting around the bonfire and listening to the River Tirthan is certainly going to be one of your best memories.
5. Go Village hopping in Tirthan Valley
Tirthan valley is home to some of the prettiest Himalayan villages. Experience the rustic lives of the locals. Take a stroll through these charming villages. Interact with the locals, get a sneak peek into their bucolic lives. The locals here are very welcoming, you might even get invited for a cup of tea.
Villages of Batahad, Pekhri, Sharchi, Ghiyagi, Shoja, Ropa are perfect examples of such villages. Of course, most of these villages do have roads but are just dirt tracks. Therefore, it takes a bit of effort to reach there, but it is definitely worth the effort.
I love going to such villages. While travelling solo to Tirthan valley this is what I did for most of my stay. I interacted with a lot of locals during my time. One thing was common, their hospitality was unmatched.
6. Take a short hike to Batahad, the base for Bashleo Pass Trek
Batahad is a traditional hamlet which can be reached from Gushaini. A dirt track from Gushaini goes up to the village. Even local buses go all the way up to Batahad. Buses ply throughout the day from Banjar. It also acts as a base for Bashleo pass.
Perched at around 3277 m, it connects the inner Seraj from the outer Seraj. Batahad is the starting point of the trek while Baga-Sarahan is the endpoint. From Batahad you can go to a couple of villages (Galingcha, Mashiyar) located even further. They make for a perfect day hike.
7. Visit the Serene Village Pekhri
Another village that can be accessed from Gushaini by a dirt road. Pekhri is located at an altitude of 2200 m. It is around 9-10 km from Gushaini. Local buses do ply to Pekhri from Banjar.
Pekhri is the starting point of the Rangthar top. It is a day hike from Pehkri. It takes around 4 hours to reach. While the initial part of the trek does not involve too many ascents. Later part of the trek requires a strenuous uphill climb.
8. Go to Shoja Village for Beautiful Views
Shoja is nestled at an altitude of around 2900m. It offers excellent panoramic views of different mountain ranges. Owing to the altitude, Shoja is one of the best places for experiencing snow. Jalori pass is just 5km from Shoja.
9. Enjoy Locally Made Drinks of Tirthan Valley
Another amazing thing to try in Torthan Valley is the local sharbat. You can buy juices made of Rhododendron, Litchee,
If you want to try something more alcoholic, you can try some local wines made from Barley and Red Rice. They are called ‘Chakti’ and ‘Lungri.’
10. Take a hike to the Historical Chehni Kothi Fort
Chehni Kothi is one of the popular villages which has famous Katha-Kuni styled tower temples. This fort-temple was believed to be even bigger in height than what it is at present. The earthquake of 1905 destroyed the fort.
Chehni Kothi can only be reached on foot. Shringa Rishi temple is the start point of the trek. From Banjar, you need to get down at a place called Chilka Dhar if coming by local buses. From here the road to Shringa Rishi temple diverts which is about 4 km.
You can either walk along the motorable road or just hitch-hike till the temple. It is just 45 minutes uphill climb from the Shringa rishi temple. Apart from the locals, nobody is allowed to enter the fort.
11. Hike to Raghpur fort
Another day hike which is accessible from Jalori top offers splendid views of different ranges. There is no actual fort only ruins of it.
It is a much tougher but shorter hike in terms of distance when compared to Serolsar lake. It is around 3 km from the pass but apparently involves a strenuous trudge to reach the place.
12. Take a small hike to Serolsar lake
Serolsar lake is a beautiful lake which can be reached on foot from Jalori top. It is an easy hike of around 1.5 hours. The trail is a level walk through a beautiful forest.
There is a small temple of Budhi Nagin which is one of the important deities revered by the locals.
13. Try River Crossing above Tirthan River
One of the most interesting things to do in Tirthan Valley is indulging in some adrenaline-raising activities.
You can do this at several places along the river all around the year except in Monsoons.
The thrill of crossing over the turbulent Tirthan river you is very exciting
14. Try Some Local Food in Tirthan Valley
You won’t many cafes in Tirthan valley apart from popular places like Gushaini and Jibhi. You’ll get lip-smacking food almost all the homestays. Dhabas serve amazing food in the valley and are quite economical as well.
While you are in Tirthan Valley, make sure you enjoy some local cuisine. My personal favourites are Siddus (Stuffed and Steamed bread served with Ghee or Clarified butter), Chutneys and Lingri Sabji (cooked edible ferns)
The best way to eat local food is to request your homestay to prepare you one.
15. Trek to Rolla Great Himalayan National Park Entry Gate
Gushaini is the start point of the hike to the GHNP gate (beyond which is the eco-zone of GHNP) at Rolla. For reaching the GHNP gate one needs to hike for about 6-8 km from Gushaini.
This is an easy hike. It passes through a beautiful hamlet named Ropa. If you are at Gushaini then this a must-visit place.
16. Try some Multi-day treks in the eco-zone of GHNP
Tirthan valley came into prominence as a GHNP was declared UNESCO world heritage site. GHNP, therefore, attracts hikers and trekkers from all over the world
So perhaps you could take the opportunity of visiting the Tirthan valley to go for a great trek experience. From easy two day treks to challenging ten-day trek, the GHNP offers it all.
Multi-day treks are a treat for any seasoned trekker. These treks include some of the least explored trails in Himachal. These surely require a guide and porters to attempt.
Some of the famous Multi-day treks include Tirthan valley trek aka Tirath trek ( trek to the source of the River Tirthan ) Lambhari top, Rakhundi top. Since all of these treks involve steep arduous climb your fitness game needs to be on point.
17. Make Banjar your Base for exploring Tirthan Valley
Banjar is the biggest town in the valley. Located at an altitude of 1500 m it is very well-equipped. Of course, most of the places are away from Banjar. But you can make Banjar as your base and explore the valley as I did.
Banjar is an excellent choice of stay if you are going to use local transport for the commute.
18. Pay a Visit to Bahu, a place slightly outside Tirthan Valley
Well, technically it is not in Tirthan valley. But it is hardly an hour and a half drive from Banjar. The shrine of Baloo Nag Devta is located on a beautiful meadow with dense deodar forest surrounding it. This was by far one of my favourite places in Tirthan valley.
The hike to this temple starts from Bahu. It takes around an hour to reach here. The trail is a dirt track, but vehicles have to be parked at Bahu itself. Just make sure you continue straight on the trail. Otherwise, you might end up in Khabal village like me.
19. Visit Jibhi, One of the Most Well- Known Places in Tirthan Valley
Jibhi is located at a comfortable altitude of 1600m. This place is the dictionary definition of a doing nothing place. Jibhi is surrounded by beautiful deodar forests. Soothing sound Jibhi Nala will just make you want to relax and walk amongst huge deodar forests.
Owing to its idyllic location, it has become a huge hit among backpackers and long-term travellers. Due to its proximity to Jalori pass, it is preferred by many. Jibhi is just around 7 km from Banjar. Lots of buses go towards Jibhi from Banjar throughout the day.
Jibhi has quite a few popular cafes.
|The popular cafes in Jibhi include Café Jungle valley, Conifers feast, Hope café, Great Himalayan café.|
You’ll get multiple cuisines like Israeli, Italian and of course Indian. If you are in Jibhi, then you should definitely go to these cafes.
20. Go Bird watching in the Great Himalayan National Park
The Great Himalayan National Park is known for its incredible flora and fauna. This is the reason why it has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
The region is home to hundreds of bird species including the endangered Western Tragopan. If you are an ardent bird watcher, I would suggest you can take a birdwatching tour with a guide here.
21. Visit Gushaini, another popular destination of Tirthan Valley
Gushaini is a small little hamlet that is now a pretty popular tourist place. Perched at around 1500m it offers excellent vistas with Tirthan river flowing alongside.
Gushaini is also a starting point for many villages and treks into the eco-zone of GHNP.
22. Try some adrenaline-pumping Rock Climbing & Rappelling
There are a few operators in Tirthan Valley including in Jibhi, where you can try Rock Climbing and Rappeling.
23. Attend a Local Festival in Tirthan Valley
Kullu is popularly known as the valley of Gods and rightly so. The locals worship many local deities and festivals are the best time to witness the local culture and traditions.
Although you may witness small festivities and local Deity processions all year round, the grandeur is witnessed during major festivals like Maha Shivratri (Feb) and Dussehra (Oct)
24. Just Relax By Tirthan River
One of the best experience that you can have in Tirthan Valley is to just sit by the river Tirthan and relax. It might sound funny, but trust me, you can spend hours by this gorgeous river.
So, these are the best things to do in Tirthan Valley. If you have any questions regarding visiting the region, I would be more than happy to help. Please drop your questions in the comment section below.
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