This village in Tirthan Valley is local's favorite. Sharchi is the 'most beautiful village (place) in the valley' is what they believe. The village is beautifully situated on the top of a mountain at a distance of 17 km from Gushaini. Not having much to do, this place is ideal for someone who loves to travel slow.Few things to note :1. Gushaini in Tirthan Valley is one of the best in India for Trout fish farming. You can try your hands on trout fishing with a valid permit. This license/permit allows you to enjoy fishing for 45 minutes. To my better knowledge, it costs 600 INR approximately inclusive of the permit, fishing rod and a local guide to help you out with your skills.2. Don't miss out on Tirthan's local wine which is prepared using jaggery and a specific wood. It hits you like a lullaby.3. Tirthan Valley is not a weekend getaway kind, you need to have 4-5 days to get fulfilling experience.Disclaimer: Traveling by public transport in the valley can be strenuous so unless you are traveling by your vehicle, you can hire a taxi for some part of your journey. Just as I always say, your travel to any place in the mountains is incomplete, if you miss out on public transport!Last but not least, the most important piece of information/advice - Any place you are traveling to, just leave your footprints not plastic in any form.
The road from Bandal to Sharchi is an unpaved one. Therefore, the next day when I asked my hosts for recommendations to explore the valley, they suggested a hike to Sharchi. Occasional vehicles can be sited on this road but it's mostly the road construction material being sent uphill.
Day 2 Regained some energy? If yes then trek to Sharchi. You can hop on a bus or hire a cab. Mind you roads are not very good. Once you reach Sharchi village just keep on trekking till you can and you will be awestruck by the valley view, deodar trees. These will be views you would have imagined to find only in Kashmir.
Anorher basecamp at sharchi