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Kullu: In a bid to spread the message of saving the girl child, over 13,000 artists will perform a folk dance in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh this month. The event is expected to create a world record as well.

The Guinness Book of World Record’s office in London has given its approval to monitor the performance of more than 13,000 folk dancers during the Kullu Dussehra celebrations, Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kanwar told the reporters on Saturday.

He said the attempt would be the largest voluntary participation in an event at one point of time.

“With this Kullu Natti (as the folk dance is called) is all set to enter the Guinness Book of World Record as the largest folk dance in the world,” he added.

Last year over 8,760 artists performed a folk dance at the Kullu Dussehra festivities and entered the Limca Book of Records.

Kanwar, the brain behind holding the folk dance, said the participants, this time both men and women, would take a pledge to work for the cause of the girl child.

“More than 13,000 participants have registered for the dance. They will be coming to Dhalpur grounds on October 26, dressed in traditional attire to make this world record and to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Kullu,” he said.

“Since there is no prior category or record related to the folk dance, any number of participation will create the record, but our aim is to make a record that is difficult to break,” he added.

He said the mascot of ‘Pride of Kullu’, a girl in traditional dress, designed by designer Gitesh Gupta has been launched.

The District Dussehra Committee, the organizer of the week-long festivities, will now launch merchandise to promote the cause of the girl child.

The week-long Kullu Dussehra festivities, which will begin on October 22 will conclude on October 29.

Kullu Dussehra is a centuries-old festival and celebrations begin on “Vijaya Dashami“, the day when the festivities end in rest of the country.

(With 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.

Also Read: Rundown of 7 Mountains in India

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.