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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
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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.

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Essentials for Camping and Hiking by the Pros

You will need knives and multi-tools for a variety of applications when hiking or camping. For instance, they will be needed when preparing food, repairing gear, during first aid or during any other emergency.

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Most people never realize how just it is important to carry along communication devices when going for camping.
Camping at night, Pixabay

If you want a good experience when going for camping or hiking, then you should ensure that you have everything you will need. Missing a simple item such as a source of fire is sufficient to ruin the entire experience. Before you go for online passport renewal so that you can travel to another country for a hiking trip, here are some of the essentials recommended by the pros-:

 

If you want a good experience when going for camping or hiking, then you should ensure that you have everything you will need.
Experience Hiking

 First Aid Kit

When you are going for camping or a serious hike, then burns, bumps, scratches, and cuts may happen at any time and without any warning.
First-Aid Kit for Camping

When you are going for camping or a serious hike, then burns, bumps, scratches, and cuts may happen at any time and without any warning. If they are severe, you may have to cut short your trip and get back home for further attention. However, for most of such minor injuries, all you need is a well-equipped First Aid kit to offer the necessary relief. Don’t ever embark on any camping or hiking trip without a First Aid kit.

A pack of matches

If you know you are not a veteran scout boy with the skills and abilities to start fires without matches, then you have every reason to confirm each time before you leave that you have a pack of matches in your camping bag. Without a means of starting a fire, your food options will be very limited and when the night falls, you will have to endure the pangs of cold as they bite deep into your skin.

Rope

However, for most of such minor injuries, all you need is a well-equipped First Aid kit to offer the necessary relief. Don't ever embark on any camping or hiking trip without a First Aid kit.
Different Kinds of Rope

It may not be apparent to you why you should need a rope in a camping site, but you should know that there are a number of things you can do with a rope. For instance, you can use it to make clothing lines for your wet clothes, create a shelter, suspend your coolers from tree branches at night, or even use it for towing people in dire situations during swimming or hiking. As such, you should never go camping without a strong and relatively long rope.

Illumination

Can you imagine being in the jungle when dusk is just approaching only for you to realize that you don’t have any source of lighting with you? Such omission is sufficient to ruin an entire experience. It will not just make the nights longer, but also very dangerous since you will not be able to see or know what is happening around you. The good news, however, is that there lots of perfect illumination options for camping, including very powerful flashlights, headlamps, and packable lanterns that will give adequate illumination in the camping grounds.

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Navigation

If there is anything you should never fail to have when going for hiking or camping, then that should be how to tell direction. You should always ensure to have a current topographical map as well as a compass. If you can access those, then you can go for the most convenient option which is a decent GPS system handset. These are important to help you determine where you are at any given time and the altitude of that place. The last thing that should ever happen to you when you go camping is get lost. So many things can happen thereafter, and it is an experience you don’t want to go through.

Proper insulation

Even if you think that the trail ahead is warm, you should always carry extra clothing when going for hiking or camping. The weather is always unpredictable. It could shine now, then two hours later, you experience a heavy downpour. This is usually the case when you are headed for the mountains where the temperatures can also fall very low during the night. To avoid being embarrassed by the weather when you are outdoors, be sure to not just have extra clothing, but ensure you have clothes for every conceivable weather condition.

A repair kit and tools

You will need knives and multi-tools for a variety of applications when hiking or camping. For instance, they will be needed when preparing food, repairing gear, during first aid or during any other emergency. A basic camping knife must have at least a single foldout blade, one or two flathead screwdrivers, a pair of foldout scissors and a can opener. The complexity of your knife should be dependent on your actual needs during the camping or hiking.

It may not be apparent to you why you should need a rope in a camping site, but you should know that there are a number of things you can do with a rope.
Repair Kit

 Water and nutrition

For a good experience, it is recommended that you should pack food enough for a few extra days. Don’t just carry along the exact food you will need for the days you will be out in the bush. Additionally, you need to have lots of clean drinking water to keep you hydrated during the entire time. It is possible to concentrate on doing more important things to facilitate the camping trip, but if you don’t have enough water for the trip, you could collapse due to hydration in the middle of nowhere.

Emergency shelter

You will need knives and multi-tools for a variety of applications when hiking or camping. For instance, they will be needed when preparing food, repairing gear, during first aid or during any other emergency.
An Emergency Shelter

If you are planning to stay outdoors at night, then you will need a shelter and what to sleep on. For most cases, a tent and a sleeping bag would do. But if you are camping and hiking just during the day, you may not need these two, but it is still important to prepare for emergencies. As such, always ensure to have an emergency shelter such as an emergency blanket or a premade emergency privy bag which you could simply crawl inside and keep yourself warm and dry.

Means of communication

Most people never realize how just it is important to carry along communication devices when going for camping. The majority will carry a phone, and though this is ideal, you still need to carry other such a whistle which you may need when you want to call out. For the mobile phone, it should be fully charged, and it should be turned off and kept in a waterproof bag to avoid draining the battery. If you are headed to a very remote terrain, then it is important to carry a personal locator beacon which can be used for search and rescue should you run into unforeseen emergencies.