during our 4 days of journey we visited the tirthan valley gushaini and jibhi. to reach gushaini one needs to reach Aut when coming from Delhi so we boarded our bus from Majnu ka tila at around 10.30 pm which costed us around 1200 per person. It was scheduled to reach Aut by 10.30 am but it got late and reached at around 12.30 pm. From Aut one can take an HRTC bus to gushaini or can hire a private taxi. we opted for the latter as we were already late for our destination. it costed us around rs 1200 for the 30km journey which took around 50 minutes to reach. gushaini is a beautiful village on sides of river tirthan, there are many homestay as well as hotels out there which are much cheaper than there online rates so I would suggest people to not book anything online when coming to gushaini. we opted for a beautiful homestay at 1200 bucks for a night which literally was on the banks of river tirthan. there are many options that one can try in gushaini the major being being The Great Himalayan National Park which can be explored when one has 3-4 days in hand if you are there for 1 day like we were then trying out trout fishing would be advisable here since the river tirthan is quite shallow and catching the beautiful fishes is easier as compared to other places. the cost of trout fishing is around 500-700 bucks. apart from this one can trek till chhoie waterfall which is an hours trek from village Nagini.
NATURE & NIRVANA AT TIRTHAN RIVERVIEW HOMESTAYBased at an altitude of 1600 mts there’s a hidden village in Himachal Pradesh called Gushaini. It lies in the Tirthan Valley which will leave you in awe. Full of natural wonders, the valley has an amazing amount of flora and fauna. This place is apt for people seeking peace and nirvana. Best thing about the valley is that the people here follow community-based Eco-tourism. Here, you can often see people carrying their own dustbins and keeping good care of nature. Desi Travelers recently visited Tirthan Valley and stayed at Tirthan Riverview Homestay. The valley has a lot to offer to the tourists like waterfalls, forests, wildlife and natural lakes. Not only that the valley also hosts Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) a world heritage site.
We packed our belongings in a hurry and set out to catch a bus on NH 154 for Aut tunnel (the junction on the way diverging towards Banjar, Tirthan valley). A fine gentleman gave us a lift till the halfway and rest we walked till the highway. While we were waiting for the bus, Sandeep our taxi guy from the other day showed up asking about our plans. According to him we must visit the hidden waterfall of the nearby village and the ancient Shiva temple, Baijnath before leaving the town.With no second thought, off we went for a little detour with Mr. Sandeep. His claims about the waterfall fell right on the money when we saw this majestic hidden gem. A 50 feet waterfall tucked away in the wilderness, hidden from the world surrounded by the mountains on three side. It was a water lagoon straight out of some Hollywood flick. We spent some time beside this marvel and were on our way to the Baijnath temple. To our evergreen luck, it was the afternoon aarti time as we received blessings from the head priest. It was late in the noon as we were waiting for our ride in harsh sun along with Sandeep as he kept assuring the availability of buses for the tunnel.After a brief wait, we were on a private bus marching towards our destination. The distance was long and went on scaling the winding roads, bypassing villages and rounding valleys till we reached Aut tunnel in the evening around 6 pm. It was already dark and we needed two more rides to reach Gushaini a small remote town located on the banks of Tirthan river. After a while a local govt. bus for Banjar packed with passengers arrived at the junction and we quickly hopped on it with our heavy bagpacks. We were the only outsiders on the last bus to Banjar among the local villagers. The roads were treacherous and we were already getting the vibes of venturing into untouched Himalayan habitat. The valley was devoid of any modern infrastructure with negligible private transport. The roads were just enough for necessary commute and not for some full fledged tourist activities. We were moving with a snail's pace keeping in mind the narrow roads and falling darkness.It was pitch dark by the time we reached Banjar as we started inquiring about a ride to Gushaini. We were high on luck as we found a taxi going to Gushaini hired by villager named Geeta, who worked as a reporter in Kullu with a local newspaper. During an hour's ride we had some interesting discussions regarding the role of media in the valley and educational opportunities for the locals outside their villages. We even spoke about the floods that haunted the entire Kullu region a couple of months back from which the villagers were still recuperating. The taxi guy was kind enough to find a stay for us at his friend's place. There are no hotels in any of these villages of the valley but only home stays, which establishes the fact that the valley is yet to be commercialized. The family was very welcoming especially the lady of the house who always had a smile on her face while she served meals. We had a heavy dinner sitting a few feet away from a stream of river that we couldn't see but can only hear. We went straight to our beds to recharge our batteries for the next adventure that awaited us.
Gushaini - Rolla (9km/ 6,890 feet)The trek begins from Gushaini village towards the eco-zone of the GHNP, you pass through two villages Ropa and Kauncha. The trek is mostly easy on this day. You will also pass by the house of the only human living in GHNP, a charming lady who lives all by herself without any modern ameneties.