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View of Sarchi village in the Tirthan Valley

Tirthan valley

Tirthan valley

Trek to Tirth or Tirath in the Great Himalayan National Park
Go on trek in a world heritage site

Tirthan valley guide
Practical info about travels to the Tirthan valley. What you need to know before going.

Trout fishing in the Tirthan valley
Trout fishing in the Tirthan valley

Things to do in Tirthan valley
What you can see and what you can do during your trip with us to the Tirthan valley.

Hiking in the Great Himalayan National Park
Don't go alone

Trip to the Tirthan valley
Customized holiday tour packages to match your travel style.

Tirthan Valley Guide

Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh is said to be Himachal’s Best Kept Secret. It is a lesser known tourist destination in Himachal as compared to Shimla, Manali, and Dharamshala but is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal. The valley is named after the Tirthan river that flows from Tirth in the Great Himalayan National Park. It joins the Beas river in Larji. It is famous for its trout and you will also see many apple and apricot orchards that Kullu is famous for.

Tirthan Valley Location

Tirthan Valley is located in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the two valleys in the town Banjar. The other is Jibhi. It is a 6- or 12-hour drive from Chandigarh and Delhi respectively and around 50km from Bhuntar Airport.

Why visit Tirthan Valley

Tirthan Valley is known for its beautiful forests and Himalayan mountains. Serene and slow, it is the perfect getaway in all seasons. Tirthan Valley’s Gushaini village is the gateway to the Great Himalayan National Park, which is known for its biodiversity. Most GHNP treks begin and end here.

You will discover quaint villages with traditionally built houses in Tirthan Valley. Also known as the Valley of Gods, there are many temples and shrines here. The proximity to GHNP guarantees many species of birds and largely intact forest ecosystems, which will delight nature lovers.

There are many adventure and nature activities to undertake here. Read more about the things to do in Tirthan Valley.

Explore Tirthan Valley

If you are planning a trip to Tirthan Valley, reach out to us for Tirthan Valley tour packages to tour Tirthan or a Tirthan Valley itinerary, designed so that you can enjoy Tirthan fully. If you want to trek Tirthan, we can organise customised treks too.

Best time to visit Tirthan Valley

The best time to visit Tirthan valley is March, April, May, June, and then October, November and December.

Tirthan Valley weather in summer is usually around 10- to 25-degree centigrade. While April is slightly chill, May and June are sunny and pleasant.

The weather in Tirthan Valley between October and December is between 12- to 25-degree centigrade. September is pleasant and the chill starts setting in around October. November and December are generally cold but sunny. The Valley is not as green in the colder months.

Avoid the monsoon between July and August as it rains a lot and the paths become slippery and there are chances of landslides. It can be humid and stormy in July and humid with rains in August. September may see some rain.

You could come in the winter months of January to March to enjoy snowfall. Tirthan Valley temperature is generally between 7- to 18-degree centigrade during snowfall.

You can check with us about the weather in Tirthan Valley before planning a trip to Tirthan.

JAN

VERY COLD

Avoid

FEB

VERY COLD

Avoid

MAR

COLD

You may go

APR

TEMPERATE

Good to go

MAY

PLEASANT

Best time to go

JUN

PLEASANT

Best time to go

JUL

HUMID

You may go

AUG

HUMID

Avoid

SEP

PLEASANT

You may go

OCT

PLEASANT

Best time to go

NOV

TEMPERATE

Best time to go

DEC

COLD

You may go

Tirthan Valley Map

Tirthan Valley Map

MAP OF TIRTHAN VALLEY AND AROUND

Have a quick look at the geography of the Tirthan valley. See the main roads and trekking trails in yellow and green.

How to Reach Tirthan Valley

Tirthan Valley is well-connected by road and is a 6- to 12-hour drive from Delhi and Chandigarh respectively. It is also located close to other tourist destinations in Himachal such as Kasol and Manali and is an easy drive from there.

How to reach Tirthan Valley from Delhi by Road

You can take an overnight Volvo bus from Delhi. They generally start in the evening and you will reach Aut in the early hours of the morning. From here, you can take a taxi or a local bus to Banjar.

If you are driving, take the shortest route (12-hour drive) through Chandigarh, Bilaspur, Mandi, and Aut. From here, you have to continue to Banjar, the main town here.

The road to Tirthan diverts before reaching Aut. Just before Aut, there is a tunnel (the only tunnel on the road from Delhi). Do not enter the tunnel. Just at the entrance of the tunnel, take the smaller road on the right. After crossing a dam and then a bridge, you need to cross the next bridge on your right to reach the small town of Larji. Turn right after the bridge and continue straight to Banjar (about 20km from Larji).

How to reach Tirthan Valley from Chandigarh

Tirthan Valley is around 7 hours from Chandigarh via NH205 and NH154 or via NH205, NH154, and NH3. There are many overnight buses that you can take to Manali. You can get off the bus in Aut. If you are driving, drive through Bilaspur and Mandi to reach Aut.

How to reach Tirthan Valley from Manali

Tirthan Valley is a 2.5-hour drive from Manali via NH3. You can drive or get a day bus or one of the overnight buses on this route and get down at Aut. A taxi or one of the local buses will bring you to Banjar.

How to reach Tirthan Valley from Kasol

Tirthan Valley is around 2.5 hours from Kasol. You can take the Manikaran Road, which will pass Bhuntar and Takoli. You can take a local bus from Kasol to Mandi and get down at Aut.

How to reach Tirthan Valley from Ambala

Ambala to Tirthan Valley is an approximately 8-hour drive by road. You will have to take NH205 and NH154 and go through Chandigarh, Bilaspur, and Mandi to reach Aut. You can take an overnight bus to Kullu and Manali and then a taxi or local bus to Aut.

How to reach Tirthan Valley from Shimla

Shimla is just a 6-hour drive to Tirthan Valley. There are no direct buses to Tirthan Valley, so you will need to take a bus to Manali or Kullu and then a local bus or cab to Aut. You will be on NH205 and NH154. Alternate routes are via NH5 and NH305 and via MDR22 and NH305.

You can take the route from Jalori Pass but this route will be closed during winter because of heavy snowfall.

Dharamshala to Tirthan Valley

If you take NH154, you can reach Tirthan Valley via Bir and Mandi in approximately 6 hours.

How to reach Tirthan Valley by Train

The nearest railways stations to Tirthan Valley are in Ambala, Kiratpur, and Chandigarh. You will then have to take a bus or cab or drive to Tirthan Valley.

How to reach Tirthan Valley by Flight

The closest airport to Tirthan Valley is Bhuntar, near Kullu and Manali. It is for domestic flights only and there are daily flights from Delhi and Chandigarh.

From the airport, you can take a cab or bus to Tirthan Valley. It is around 50km and around 2 hours from Tirthan Valley.

The other two airports in Himachal are at Gaggal (aka Kangra airport) and Jubbarhatti (aka Shimla airport). It is a 6- to 7-hour drive from Gaggal and Jubbarhatti to Tirthan Valley.

How to Reach GHNP - Road Map

ROAD MAP

Road map showing how to get to the Tirthan valley.

Tirthan Valley Frequently Asked Questions

What to pack for Tirthan Valley?

The Tirthan Valley packing guide recommended for summer and autumn are layers including a light jacket, trekking/hiking shoes especially if you plan to actively hike or trek, good quality walking shoes, and a couple of pairs of woollen socks. Also, carry some woollens as the nights can get colder.

The Tirthan Valley packing guide recommended for the rainy season includes raingear, windproof jackets, and quick-dry clothes along with sturdy shoes and socks.

The Tirthan Valley packing guide recommended for winter/snowfall includes woollens, thermal tops, down jackets, snow boots, and thick woollen socks. You may have to wear multiple layers depending on the altitude and temperature.

Please also pack sunglasses, sun hats, and sunscreen lotion.

We can recommend what you need to pack for Tirthan and carry with you based on your Tirthan Valley itinerary.

How is the internet in Tirthan Valley?

There is good network coverage in Tirthan Valley.

What is the best time to visit Tirthan Valley?

The best times to visit Tirthan Valley are in summer (April to June) and autumn (October to November).

Winter too is a good time if you want to experience snowfall (the valley is beautiful when covered in snow!) though you may not be able to partake in too many adventure activities or explore higher altitude regions such as Jalori Pass.

How many days are enough for Tirthan Valley?

We would recommend at least 3 days minimum for a fairly broad range of experiences.

Which is the best village in Tirthan Valley?

There are many beautiful villages and hamlets. Some well-known ones are Sarchi, Pekhri, and Gushaini.

Which city is close to Tirthan Valley?

Chandigarh is around 6 to 7 hours away and Delhi around 11 to 12 hours from Tirthan Valley.

Where is Tirthan Valley?

Tirthan Valley is located in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh. It is 6 to 7 hours from Chandigarh and 11 to 12 hours from Delhi by road.

What are the best places to stay in Tirthan Valley?

There are many homestays and guest houses in Tirthan Valley for a comfortable experience.

Which is the closest airport to Tirthan Valley?

Bhuntar Airport in Himachal is the closest airport to Tirthan Valley. It is for domestic flights only. It is around 50km away.

Which month is best for Tirthan Valley?

The best months are April, May, and June in summer and October and November in autumn.

Tirthan Valley Hotels

There are different types of accommodation in the Tirthan Valley. We can arrange hotels or homestays for you depending on your preference and budget.

There is also a government managed quite basic tourist complex in Sai Ropa in the Tirthan valley. It is about 15 minutes from the start of treks in the Great Himalayan National Park at Gushaini. Bookings can be arranged. However, there are other more convenient homestays and guest houses in the Tirthan valley.

See accommodation in the Great Himalayan National Park for detailed information about accommodation.

Tirthan Eagle Nest Homestay in the Tirthan Valley

ACCOMMODATION

Guest houses and homestays are available in the Tirthan valley. Please enquire for checking with us the best options.

Tirthan Valley Photos

Tirthan River in Himachal Pradesh

Tirthan River

When was the last time you have seen a pure, clean, even drinkable river ?

Himalayan House in Tirthan Valley

Himalayan House

These traditional houses in wood and stones greatly contribute to the charm of the valley

Wildlife Camping in Tirthan Valley

Camping in the Wild

Ask us to organize your camping in the wild. We are very good at that 🙂

Trout Fish Angling in the Tirthan River

Trout Angling

Catch a fish during your camping in the wild. We will BBQ it in the evening !

Himalayan Trout Fish in the Tirthan Valley

Himalayan Trout

A local delicacy that you should not miss !

Tirthan Valley Landscape

Tirthan Valley

After a storm. Photo taken from a unique homestay.

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