1,5 years ago I made an interesting solo trip to the Tirthan Valley. A few good word of mouth motivated me to take this trip. Anyways, a weekend escape is always good for the rejuvenation of your spirit. Your soul is stirred up in a good way after the fresh air fumigation and after spending some me-time. Also freak'n easy on the pocket.
I took a night bus from ISBT, Delhi to Aut. From Aut it is 26 kms of a pleasant drive along the river via Larji bypassing Banjar on the way to Gushaini. Since I was by myself, I took a local bus that stopped at every stop. It was uphill ride, lovely though with school kids scooching in at every stop. I was staying in a guesthouse called - Raju Bharti - Vpo gushaini, teh, Banjar, Himachal Pradesh 175123, India. It seems Raju takes a limited number of people on his guest list. So booking in advance would be helpful. This property belongs to his dad and he is the care taker now. With some lovely food service for just some odd 1,8k bucks a night, they serve you all the 3 meals. This guest house sprawls in greenery and mountains standing out loud. Once you arrive at Raju Colltage, you need to cross the Tirthan River on a pulley trolley (which is completely safe) as the guest house on the other side of the river. Quite interesting, :-)
In the evening, I took a small walk to Jibi waterfall through a village. Then was back in the guest house enjoying every bit of the lovely hospitality of Raju Cottage. I had some nice time over bonfire in the evening and chatting with a big group from Bombay.
The next day I decided to rent a cab and took a de-route to parashar lake before I had a night bus back to Delhi. The driver charged me some 1500 bucks to take me to Parashar lake and then drop me at Mandi. The driver bhaiya even let me drive in bits which was kinda cool. Parashar lake, in all its serenity had the 3 storied pagoda like temple shape, dedicated to saint Parashar. Some local wedding was happening in the temple vicinity, which was a different thing to watch and capture. I took a big stroll of this place trying to check out views of the lake from different spots. I guess when you by yourself, you have to figure out new ways to keep yourself busy :-p
And then later in the evening I took a bus back to Delhi from Mandi bus station.