Popularly known as the “Land of Gods”, Himachal Pradesh, nestled in the lap of Himalayas has some amazing natural beauty that is home to rich mountain cultures. Far from the swarming town of Kullu, tucked away in a remote corner, the valley of Tirthan lay quiet and calm. Nature was more than generous when she gave the Tirthan valley her gifts of natural beauty. It attracts tourists and travelers who long to take the road less travelled, seeking the quiet and peace of a getaway far from the crowds, where beauty lies spread in nature that is still unspoilt. Surrounded by the Seraj region a rich mountain valley culture like this is a rare treat.
Till a few decades ago this valley lay in secluded isolation, untouched by urbanization. Booming fruit cash crops, mainly apples, have changed a lot of it in recent years. As prosperity has improved tourism infrastructure, a lot of tourists go looking for the very famous Rainbow Trout fishing or trekking holidays. Some simply drive through the valley to partake in an older hill way of life that is fast changing.
A major potion of the Tirthan Valley is protected by the Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary and is contiguous with the Great Himalayan National Park, one of the largest flora and fauna reserves in the Himalayas. British foresters in colonial times did much to conserve the forest cover in this area. They have also left behind quiet forest rest houses, built in some of the most scenic spots. Scattered wilderness and the intrusive meditative silence combine to make it an ideal trekking country.
The hill culture of the Tirthan valley has survived modernity. The simple natives of the villages and hamlets of the valley still hold strong beliefs in the primeval powers of natural forces. They lead a closely guarded life, are prone to superstitions but fiercely protect a traditional way of life that has vanished in most of the hilly regions. The region may well be on the international tourist map, but a mystic aura and a sense of peace and enchantment remain.
Spring time here means, birds chirping gaily, sounds of gushing water from the nearby source of Tirthan river, views of terraced fields and plenty of fragrance from blossoming flowers that drape the valley. When visiting the valley, it’s not only the festive celebrations that captures one’s imagination. Mired in myth and history, the pristine and untouched Tirthan valley offers ample opportunities for adventure sports as well – trekking, angling and mountaineering being the most preferred.
The magic of the Tirthan valley comes not just from its scenic landscapes, but also the wamth and hospiatlity of the local people leaves an equally memorable impression. The wilderness of the valley nestles in her lap, abundant of warmth and love. Mother nature has bestowed it with purity of spirit with gods as its guardian angels.