#SwipeRightToTravel My journey to Tirthan Valley have been a most exuberance journey in recent days. The plan to travel had been uncertain till the end. Just night before the journey we finally clinched on it. I remember our last minute packing had been fickle but exciting to finally travel to the distant land.
We started by my friend's automobile early in the morning (5am) the next day. We didn’t exactly had much idea about the travel time to reach the place and we didn’t wanted to moil the drive either.
We started from NH 44, and encountered the minimal traffic on the way in the early morning. We traverse via Delhi-Sonipat- Panipat- Karnal- Ambala- Ropar- Rupnagar- Swarghat- Bilaspur- Sundarnagar. The drive was pleasant with the jingling music, lots of tittle-tattle and good food. We stopped in between dhabas to straighten our legs.
We planned to take a halt at Sunder Nagar (415 km from Delhi) @ 5pm and stayed at Mid way tourist resort, which actually looked like a Midway haunted haveli (big no for stay). Though the owner of the resort Mr Bhardwaj was very courteous and rendered a good bonfire for the evening. He even told some stories, one of which was about the emerging revolving island in the Parashar lake which is visible once in an year, is it really true?Anyways the mornings was invigorating and we were set to go to Tirthan Valley. The distance from Sundarnagar to Nagini (Valley) is around 80km. We passed via Govind Ghat and this is where the splendid *Beas River* didn’t left our side till Tirthan.
You can take Mandi- Govind Ghat- Larji - Nagini route for Tirthan Valley. If one plan to take Tirthan route by own, keep a check on your fuel/gas/air as its hard to find any station on the way after Mandi. Road were really smooth apart from small patches in between. It would be diminutive to elaborate the picturesque landscape and the reflect of the Beas River had on my mind.
The sound of the river can be constantly heard on the side. Don’t miss the sharp left turn on the road of Banjar if you are travelling to Nagini, this route even leads towards “The Great Himalayan National Park”.
We reached Nagini from a very narrow road after the turn at 3pm and stayed in “Bhagwati Homestay”, it’s on the main road and quite economical. We were greeted by a warm cup of chai, which was quite welcome in the cold. The owner Yagya Thakur and his wife were really helpful and kept the home stay quite neat and clean. The rooms were comfortable and had all the basic facilities. After settling my stuff in the home stay, we ventured out on a small trek around the place.
Tirthan Valley is located at an altitude of about 3120 m above sea level, this place is an ideal spot for picnicking and trekking during summer. But as we were there during December, we shudder from the chilly wind.
A trail passes through the village lead us to Tirthan River side. It turned out to be a rewarding decision. We got the mesmerizing view of stretched river flowing effortlessly. I am a person of the river and mountains, it’s hard to stay away from them too long. River and Mountains have always left me feeling renewed, content and more positive. I found one such place in Tirthan Valley. I have been so content as a person mingling with nature as I could there.
The place was empty, one can sit alone in the lap of nature and talk to yourself with no one disturbing you. It combines all things that Himachal has to offer: a wild flowing river, virgin locations and absolutely no additional crowd. We did nothing but sat there enjoying the surroundings and indulging the moment.
To be continued (Part 2)