A train journey 15 hours long followed by a 14 hours long sleepless night journey through the long winding roads in the hills to a remote valley in the Himalayas .... to finally put yourself through experiences that stretch you physically, have tired feet at the end of the day that so badly wish for a foot spa and spend sleepless cold nights in a sleeping bag when you dream to be in a cosy warm bed...............and in less than three months going through the same ordeal all over again...........well, then either you are out of your mind or have discovered paradise on earth!
Would totally vouch for the latter, as have been there.....done that!!
A visit to Tirthan Valley and the Great Himalayan National Park (A Unesco World Heritage Site) comes close to being in paradise............ The sense of calmness and peace that engulfs your mind in Tirthan and to top that the overwhelming feeling of being surrounded by the goodness of people rarely experienced , would make anyone feel like coming back again....and again....and again.
Have visited quite a few places, and a lot of them if not more, have been as beautiful as Tirthan....but there hasn’t been even one I have revisited in less than three months. Well that says it all!!
My first visit to Tirthan in March 2016 took me on a short trek to Rangthar followed by a second one in July 2016 which took me to Rolla in GHNP. Two incredible experiences ....yet worlds apart.
The valley and the mountains wear a completely different look across seasons.
Beautiful Cherry blossoms, Rhododendrons, lilies in full bloom in March the season of colours .
But if you prefer to take a walk through the clouds, be surrounded by astonishing shades of green , and enjoy getting wet in the rains.....June end is THE season for you as monsoon is just setting in.
A rain poncho does become an essential in your things to carry list though.
Let me warn you...this blog is "Epic" sized but promises to take you through both the experiences right from the the travel options and which one works well, picking the season & the trek route for the kind of experience you prefer.... to the unforgettable experiences with the beautiful people of the hills....which I am sure would inspire you to pack your bags to experience Tirthan yourself! :-)