Tirthan is a river in Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh. It is a tributary of Beas river. It origins from Hans Kund (locally called Teerath) situated in Great Himalayan National Park at an altitude of about 4000m and meets Beas near Aut. On its way many small rivers and nallahs meet it.
And the valley where Tirthan river flows, is Tirthan Valley. It is very beautiful and picturesque valley. It has very less human population, but so rich in flora and fauna that it has been decided not to construct any dam on this river.
Tirthan river flows through Great Himalayan National Park. Very few people know that this park is a World Heritage Site. World Heritage Site Committee granted the status to the park under the criteria of “outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation”.
Due to harsh terrain in upper Tirthan Valley, only trekking can be done. There are many trekking routes that pass through Great Himalayan National Park. Park entry permission and guides are mandatory.
In the lower Tirthan Valley, there are many villages and good motorable roads, that make it easy to travel for non-trekkers. Main villages are Banjar, Sai Ropa, Gushaini, Jibhi, Ghiyagi and Shoja. All these villages have good lodging and fooding options.
How to reach Tirthan Valley?
Delhi/Chandigarh to Tirthan Valley: Take Delhi-Manali highway upto Aut. Aut is 40 km further Mandi and 30 km before Kullu. Take right turn without entering the Aut tunnel. Banjar is 20 km from this point.
Main town and headquarter of Tirthan Valley is Banjar. Banjar to Gushaini is 10 km, Jibhi is 8 km, Shoja is 15 km and Jalori Pass is 20 km.
Kullu/Manali to Tirthan Valley: Take the Manali-Chandigarh highway upto Aut (Kullu to Aut 30 km). Just after crossing Aut tunnel, turn left and drive 20 km. You will be in Banjar.
From Shimla: Take NH-5 from Shimla and drive toward Narkanda. 35 km further Narkanda, turn left from Sainj village. Now you are driving on NH-305. From this point, Jalori Pass is about 50 km, Jibhi is 65 km, Banjar is 73 km and Gushaini is 83 km.
How to reach Tirthan Valley by public transport?
Nearest Railway Station: Chandigarh (Actually Shimla is the nearest, but for proper connection of trains, Chandigarh and Ambala Cantt are better)
Nearest Airport: Bhuntar (Kullu)
Take an HRTC Volvo bus from Delhi/Chandigarh to Aut. All Manali-bound buses pass through Aut. If bus ticket for Aut is not available, try booking upto Bhuntar or Kullu and get down at Aut.
Now take local bus from Aut to your destination in Tirthan Valley. You will find buses from Aut to direct Banjar, Gushaini, Bathahad, Jibhi, Shoja and Jalori Pass. All Kullu-Ani, Kullu-Rampur buses use this route in regular intervals. These are general buses and take one hour for Banjar.
If you are coming via Shimla, take Delhi-Shimla overnight Volvo bus. Then take any bus going towards Rampur, Sarahan or Kinnaur and get down at Sainj. Catch another bus that is going to Kullu and get down at any location you prefer. There are some direct buses from Delhi/Chandigarh to Sainj, but these are non-Volvo.
Where to stay in Tirthan Valley?
Tirthan Valley is not so much famous and commercialise, but there are many hotels, guesthouses, homestays and camps here. You will find lodging and fooding options in every village easily. Some options are:
- Usha Guest House
- Offbeat Abodes
- Anand Tirthan Camp
- Raju Bharti Guest House
- Trishla Resort
- Sharda Resort
- Bhagwati Homestay
- Muskan Homestay
- Prabhat Homestay
- Dev Conifer Cottages and Cafe (Starts from Rs. 2000)
- Lato the Hut & River Touch Guest House (Starts from Rs. 1500)
- Achintya Camps, Jibhi (Rs. 2500)
- Hotel Cedar View
- Hotel Green Himalayan, Jibhi (Starts from Rs. 800)
- Hotel Green Alpine
- Rana Swiss Cottage
- Crystal Mountain Homestay
- Shringi Vatika Homestay, Ghiyagi
- Dreamland Homestay, Ghiyagi
- Jalori River Touch Homestay, Ghiyagi
- Riverdale Camps, Ghiyagi (Starts from Rs. 1000)
What to do in Tirthan Valley?
There are two main areas in this region – main Tirthan Valley and Jibhi Valley. Both the valleys meet at Banjar. Main attraction in Tirthan Valley is Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). There are many one-day and multi-day treks in the park. Another attraction is trout fishing.
On the other hand, Jibhi valley is called Jalori valley also. Most famous attraction is Jalori Pass and Serolsar Lake. From Jalori Pass to Serolsar Lake, it is a 5 km one side easy trek. Another attraction is Chehni Kothi. A Tower temple is situated here. Third attraction is a waterfall near Jibhi.
You may enjoy camping, jungle walking, birdwatching, campfire in both valleys.
Some points of interest are:
- Jalori Pass
- Serolsar Lake (5 km trek from Jalori Pass)
- Chehni Kothi
- Bahu and Balo Nag Temple
- Jibhi and Jibhi Waterfall
- Chhoie Waterfall
- Great Himalayan National Park
Places to See around Tirthan Valley:
Best Time to go Tirthan Valley
Best time for Tirthan Valley is January to December. Weather is pleasant with cool air and sometimes rain in March to June.
July to September is monsoon time and best for trekking in the heights of GHNP. Monsoon time is also apple time.
October to December is cooler time and January to February is snow time. The roads are opened throughout the year, but Jalori Pass gets closed in winters due to heavy snow.
Mobile Network in Tirthan Valley
Very good connectivity of BSNL, Airtel and Jio.
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