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Shimla: The fishery industry is flourishing in Himachal Pradesh due to the persistent efforts of the state government, an official said here on Tuesday.

Fishery, both in the government and the private sector, is not only providing livelihood to the fishermen, but also helping to generate revenue for the state, according to a spokesperson for the fishery department.

He said schemes and efforts made by the government have increased the fish production, besides providing opportunities for self-employment.

During the last three years, 21,793 tonnes of fish valued at nearly Rs.20 lakh were produced in the state.

A total of 491.37 tonnes of table-size trout was produced from the state-run and private farms.

As a result of successful implementation of the rainbow trout farming technology, 362 trout units were established in Kullu, Shimla, Mandi, Kangra, Kinnaur and Chamba districts.

Under the Fish Farmers Development Agency program, 30.46 hectares were included in aquaculture and 29.50 hectares of old ponds were renovated, he said.

A new scheme “Mobile Fish Market” was launched under which four mobile fish market vehicles were purchased to provide fresh fish to consumers.

Trout, both brown and rainbow, are found in the Beas, Sutlej, and Ravi rivers in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh.

Being a game fish, the brown trout is also an angler’s delight.

To promote trout farming, one trout farm with an expenditure of over Rs.4 crore is being set up in Bharmour in Chamba district besides an aquarium house-cum-museum center with a total outlay of Rs.40 lakh being set up in Chamba.

Carp farms at Nalagarh in Solan district and Deoli in Una district have been modernized and expanded by spending Rs.8 crore.

The government has spent Rs.5 crore for creating 80-hectare water area in the shape of new fish ponds and 20-hectare water area in the shape of nursery ponds, the spokesperson said.

With the provision of financial support and technical knowledge, more and more people are coming forward to adopt fish farming.

A financial assistance of Rs.100,000 is being given for construction of a pond of one hectare to the youth belonging to the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe while Rs.80,000 to the general category farmers under the centrally sponsored scheme.

The major fish species available in the streams of the state are trout, mahseer, and Gly PTO thorax.

Two new species — Hungarian common carp and Amoor common carp — have been imported.

Himachal Pradesh with its five rivers, numerous streams and reservoirs have a big potential for fish production, say experts.

Of the 3,000-km network of fisheries’ water resources, 600 km of cold water streams is conducive for trout farming.

The average annual production of a small fish farm is 900 kg, whereas a large farm could produce up to 3,400 kg, said a study by the Shimla-based Himachal Pradesh University’s Agro-Economic Research Centre.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Tirthan Valley: Himachal Pradesh’s Hidden Paradise

The backdrop of Tirthan valley is the beautiful mountain range which seems to be touching the sky

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Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is one of the lesser known travel destinations in india. Wikimedia Commons
Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is one of the lesser known trekking destinations in india. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Tirthan Valley is an unexplored mountain valley in Himachal Pradesh
  • It has something for everyone
  • One can do activities like trekking, birdwatching and camping, etc. at Tirthan Valley

India is full of mountains and there is no dearth of trekking destinations. However, most of the trekking destinations in India have now become highly cliche and overcrowded. Wherever you go, you will find tourists loitering around.

India has many amazing hill stations. Wikimedia Commons
India has many amazing hill stations. Wikimedia Commons

Many people go on treks in search of peace and adventure, however, most of the popular trekking spots have now become highly commercial hubs where locals are trying to capitalise on their location. But, there is this one hidden gem in Himachal Pradesh which is still hugely unexplored. the Tirthan Valley.

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Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is relatively unknown and has something for everyone. It offers activities like wildlife watching, trekking and fishing, etc.

Here is the list of few reasons as to why Tirthan Valley should be on your must-visit destinations list:

Beautiful River and Riverside Houses 

Tirthan Valley has really beautiful forests and through them flows the Tirthan River. The river is one of the reasons why Tirthan Valley looks so beautiful. Also, you can find riverside guest houses which don’t only look beautiful but are also incredibly cosy.

Tirthan River is beautifully calm and you'll find many different kinds of fishes in it. Wikimedia Commons
Tirthan River is beautifully calm and you’ll find many different kinds of fishes in it. Wikimedia Commons

Beautiful mountains surrounded by clouds

The backdrop of Tirthan valley is the beautiful mountain range which seems to be touching the sky, there are dense coniferous forests and sprawling alpine meadows which are perfect for sigh-seeing. Not only is it beautifully serene, but also it is one of the best places in Himachal Pradesh for bird watching.

Visit the Serolsar Lake

Tirthan valley doesn’t disappoint the lake-lovers either. There are two beautiful lakes which you can visit, the Serolsar Lake which is a 6 km trek from the Jalori Pass. This lake in the middle of rocks and snow is one of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see. There you can also visit a tiny temple devoted to Goddess Buddhi Nagin, the mother of the 60 Nag Devtas who are believed to reside in the lake.

Tirthan Valley is relatively unknown and that's what makes it so peaceful. Wikimedia Commons
Tirthan Valley is relatively unknown and that’s what makes it so peaceful. Wikimedia Commons

Experience the Chehni Kothi Charm 

While in Tirthan Valley, visit the charming 1500 years old castle, Chehni Kothi. It was once a 15 storeys high building but now only 10 storeys remain. Chehni Kothi is built in traditional style and is the tallest structure in the Western Himalayan region.

Hidden Waterfalls 

A hike from the Rolla village will lead you to the beautiful waterfall amidst the forested valley. The tiny waterfall is perfect for a small a picnic. Its clean and pristine water will surely make for a serene ambience.

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Other than what all is mentioned above, one can camp under a starry night at the Tirthan valley. One can also witness the culture and tradition of the place. Tirthan valley is a beautiful place full of fresh energy which won’t disappoint you.