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Tirthan Valley | A Magical Vacation or Honeymoon Destination

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If you really want peace, nature, romance, seclusion and natural beauty then I will suggest you head for Tirthan Valley and perhaps even stay at Raju’s Cottage, Goshaini, Tirthan Valley – A Pioneer in Hospitality… It is right amidst the Tirthan Valley and there are tons of walks in Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) which you can hike as and when required to feel further close to nature…

Tirthan River at Tirthan Valley
Tirthan River at Tirthan Valley
Why Raju’s Cottage, Goshaini and Tirthan Valley???
  • There is least tourist rush in Tirthan Valley and ample of peace and privacy which anyone wants on a honeymoon or any other rejuvenating vacation.
  • Raju’s Cottage is the pioneer in that region and many a times Outlook Traveler has ranked his place among top places to stay in world. Quality, service, hospitality and location is just superb right amidst the lap of mother nature.
  • The stay is not that costly and he charge about Rs 1350 (veg) / Rs 1500 (non-veg.) per person per day which includes all meals, juices, fruits etc. So, 2700 per couple is not bad at all for a day in return the value you get from the place… You may ask him for off season or honeymoon discounts too, if applicable. Advanced booking (in months time) is must here.
  • The raw nature is so close to the place, infact all around it… Tirthan River, GHNP, Flora, Fauna, Waterfalls etc… It will match a forest resort stay any day.
  • There are other accommodation options too in Tirthan Valley viz. River side resort, Sai Ropa forest rest house, Himalayan Trout House, Shringi Vatika at Ghiyagi a little away from Tirthan etc. which you can choose for a stay apart from Raju’s Cottage.
  • Shoja and Jalori Pass are only 1.5-2 Hrs of drive. A place where you can enjoy tons of snow in winters. I am not sure if the walk/hike to Seroloskar Lake will be possible in extreme winters or not from Jalori Pass due to snow. But, you can always check with Raju for the same before leaving.
  • Now, the best thing – Tirthan Valley is not that far from Manali – Kasol – Naggar- Solang Valley – Rohtang Pass, which means you will be able to-
    • spend 3-4 days in Tirthan Valley and then move to Manali circuit and enjoy stay + adventure activities around snow in Solang Valley including paragliding (of course if you are interested),
    • stay for a day or two at one of the most romantic places in Himachal that is Naggar Castle,
    • some great Israeli culture and cuisines at Kasol,
    • enjoy more snow at snow points of Marhi or Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass,
    • enjoy shopping at Manali mall road and even stay there for a day or two,
If you prefer peace and want to avoid mad tourist rush then it is better to avoid Manali during summer holidays, durga puja holidays and Christmas – New Year week when people from all over flock this valley. 
Detailed Information

For more details you can always refer the following links which contains details about accommodation options to sightseeing places in the entire circuit –

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  1. Hi Dheeraj,
    Your blog is the “Holy Grail” for people who are looking for offbeat destinations to travel and explore 🙂 Pls keep up the good work so that people like me who are always on the lookout for the not so popular destinations can benefit from your extensive travel experience.
    Me and my husband are planning a trip to Tirthan in September’18. Tentative dates as of now are 17th (check in) to 21st Sept ’18 (check out). We have booked Kudrat the boutique resort at Bandal for these dates as all good accomodation options in Tirthan are sold out on these dates. I have few questions for you, will be glad if you can help plan so that I can plan my travel better (sorry for the long mail !!) –
    1. Is September a good time to travel? How will the weather be during that time as we dont want to go there in the peak monsoon season.
    2. We are planning to fly Mumbai to Chandigarh and then by road to Tirthan. Are the road conditions susceptible to travel and what is the best suggested route from Chandigarh?
    3. My tentative itinerary is Day 1 – Reach Bandal by 1330, have lunch followed by a short walk around the village, be back by 4 or 5 pm to spend the rest of the evening in the resort and relax. Day 2 – Trek to GHNP and back , Chhoie waterfalls on the way, spend rest of the evening in the resort. Day 3 – Jalori pass and the Serolsar lake trek, would also like to visit the raghupur ruins as have heard the ruins provide a 360 deg view of the valley and are a must visit. Day 4 – Village treks / walks / picnic / fishing, have not planned too many activities on this day as this will be our last day in Tirthan and we would want to unwind and enjoy the rest of our day and stay. Day 5 – Check out early morning as we have a 3pm flight from Chandigarh to Mumbai.
    4.Is this a good itinerary? Also will we require a car for the whole trip?
    We dont want to squeeze in too many activities because the purpose of this trip is solely to unwind, spend time with each other and enjoy the magic and beauty of the place
    Sorry again for the lengthy mail. Awaiting your response and suggestions. Thanks.

    • Thank you, Fiza,

      1. September is a good time, the weather will be pleasant during your time of visit.
      2. Well, you should plan to travel from Chandigarh – Bilaspur – Mandi – Tirthan while going to Tirthan and then while coming back, better stay at Narkanda or Matiana and do the Jalori Pass route as in Tirthan – Jalori – Narkanda – Chail – Chandigarh route.
      3. As I said spend early days in Tirthan Valley and then towards the end do Jalori Pass Serloskar Lake while going to Narkanda.
      4. You can get connected directly to some drivers in Himachal or Spiti Valley or Kinnaur Valley at the link: List of Taxi Drivers for Spiti Valley & Kinnaur Valley. These drivers can come and pick you up from Manali / Shimla / Delhi / Chandigarh too, of course with a price of the pickup as well.

      The rates of the taxis are about Rs 3200-3500 per day depending on the number of days you plan to travel, more the days, less the price. If you are 2-3 in the group, you can opt for sedan taxi cars as well which charges around Rs 2200 per day.

      Otherwise, taxis, in general, are also available on the spot from Shimla or Manali from respective taxi stands. These drivers can help you with finding local stay options too.

  2. Alok Sharma on

    Hi Dhiraj,

    Your Riverside resort review page is redirecting to Raju Cottage review, any specific reason you stopped showing the review.

    • Alok, it got Kaput while migrating the databases with many other old articles. Since, broken link is bad for any site hence it is now redirecting to Raju Cottage. River side resort details are still available in the DoW Community forum Tirthan Valley article.

  3. Alok Sharma on

    Hi Dhiraj,

    Do you have any update on the road condition, Between Kiratpur – Bilaspur – Mandi. Planning to go to Tirthan again

      • Alok Sharma on

        Thanks, I can live with a few potholes. It’s a mad rush everything seems to be booked, except a new one White Stone cottages which are asking for 5500, they are right next to River side resort any feedback on that .

        • Alok Sharma on

          I have tried calling almost every Homestay in and around Banjar, Nagini, Gushani , all of them have only one answer . they are booked till 24th.

          I did manage to get accommodation Sun N Sky which is supposed to be at the start of the trek to GHNP what they told me is no vehicle go beyond this point. and if anyone is interested goibibo got me 50% off and some cashback so effectively cost me less than 700-800 rs per night for couple and they are still open for booking.

  4. Bhuvan Sharma on

    Hello Dheeraj Sir!

    My friend is planning his honeymoon in December 1st week. He will be going for Tirthan Valley. Any other recommendation to spend one week time and if he goes for Tirthan valley than how to spend one week. Please suggest a good place and itinerary for december 1st week.


  5. Alok Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am again planning a trip to Tirthan, need a quick help, would you be able to shed light on the road condition has someone filled the potholes or would you still recommend the longer Una -Jahu route.

  6. Alok Sharma on

    Hi Dhiraj,

    I am planning yet another fishing trip this weekend. Can you please suggest what is the Road condition or would it be better to take the longer route through Una

  7. Pankaj Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning a trip to Tirthan Valley and i have few question:

    My Itinerary:

    Starting from Delhi on 26th Feb Night in Volvo
    Reach Tirthan on 27th
    28th Feb (Full day) -1st March (Full Day) -2nd March (Till 3PM) : In Tirthan
    Starting From Tirthan Valley on 2nd march Evening.

    1. I will be going by volvo, so should i take drop at Mandi or Aut?

    2. From Mandi/Aut i am not sure how to proceed further to Tirthan Valley as i have group of females along and their safety is our prime concern. So taking a private taxi or sharing taxi and from which place mandi or Aut? Plz share some contacts if you have.

    3. I will be in Tirthan Valley for more than 72 Hrs, so please suggest what adventure activities we can do like trekking or similar stuff?

    4. Please suggest accommodation keeping in mind that we are NOT using our private vehicle so the place should be accessible. I have gone through your detailed information on Raju.

    Thanks in Advance brother

  8. Pradeepsinh Sarvaiya on

    At the outset thanks a lot for your valuable suggestions. It is only because of your suggestions that I included Tirthan Valley in my trip. Even before visiting I am sure that it is going to be a wonderful place.
    We will reach there on 27th March 2015 with a group of about 20 people. The group consists of 12 students of about 15 years age and the parents. We wish to take various adventure activities like River crossing, river rafting, Light family trekking, Mountain biking, rappelling etc. We have total 5 nights for us in H.P. and the first day can not be really counted as we will reach Tirthan valley at around 8.00 pm. In this case I am confused if I should take 3 nights at Tirthan and 2 nights at Manali or 2 nights at Tirthan and 3 nights at Manali. Kindly advise. Two options for my tentative itinerary are as given below.

    Option -1
    27 March – Leaving Chandigarh at around 11.30, Reaching Tirthan and overnight stay
    28 March – Leisure and various activities
    29 March – Trek to GHNP or any other family trek you suggest
    30 March – Leaving for Manali and to cover river rafting in between, Rest at Manali
    31 March – Solang Valley / Gulabo
    1st April – Early morning departure for Chandigarh

    Option -2
    27 March – Leaving Chandigarh at around 11.30, Reaching Tirthan and overnight stay
    28 March – Leisure and various activities
    29 March – Leaving for Manali and to cover river rafting in between, Rest at Manali
    30 March – Solang Valley / Gulabo
    31 March – Half day family trekking and visit to Hidamba temple, Hot water springs etc.
    1st April – Early morning departure for Chandigarh

    Please help me with your expert advise. is this period of March end good for river rafting ? How about finding snow at Solang itself ? Or will we have to go to Gulabo to find snow in this season ?
    Thanks in advance.

    Pradeepsinh Sarvaiya, Vadodara

    • Pradeepsinh, I will prefer Option 1 any day over Option 2. March end is a good time for Tirthan Valley. Regarding snow, you will be able to find at Marhi towards Rohtang Pass ahead of Gulaba in March. Solang / Gulaba may only have remains of it.

      • Pradeepsinh Sarvaiya on

        Thanks a lot for your quick reply. So now as per your suggestion I am taking 3 days at Tirthan and 2 days at Manali. Kindly suggest me nice half day simple trek in and around Tirthan Valley.
        Best Regards,

  9. Would New Year be a good time to go to Tirthan? Would the river & waterfalls nearby be frozen? Also, we would be going by Volvo, so going to places by car would not be possible.
    Please suggest.

    • Hello sujay,

      A happy new year to you and your family !!

      It will be cold up there in Tirthan Valley but river and waterfall will not be frozen though they will have less water in it.

      Dheeraj Sharma
      PS: Sorry for the late reply, I was on a trip to Kumaon, Uttarakhand for the last 8-9 days.

  10. anurag srivastava on

    hi dheeraj,
    i am planning to visit tirthan valley during december,our main attraction would be snow and snow clad mountains ,will tirthan be a good place to go at that time or shall i replan my itnierary with some other place where we can find snow,what are the activities to do/places to visit in valley at that time (2 day trip,exclude travel) we would like to be engrossed the whole time,sitting and relaxing is not our idea

    • Anurag, yeah Tirthan will be quite a good place to be at that time of the year. You can visit Jalori Pass which would be having snow by December end types else you can always make a trip to Manali or Rohtang Pass snow points to witness snow. In case only snow is the preference then better do Manali – Rohtang Pass circuit from Naggar Castle

  11. Pankaj Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Finally after going through your website, i have decided for Tirthan as destination for my next trip. I was looking for some peaceful destination which i can cover in few days time.

    Could you please answer below mentioned queries:

    1. I am planning to go from 15th May – 18th May, Is this a good time to visit considering availability of accommodation?

    2. I will call both Raju Guest House and Himalayan Trout to check the availability. Could you please suggest which one is better because we also plan to do a trek/cycle ride to Jalori Pass and need a local guide who can help us. Also please suggest some good options to cover nearby Goshaini Village.

    3. I do not have much experience in driving in hills (Only Nainital and Kausali ), so will that be Ok to drive to the destination.

    4 If the above answer is Yes then I am planning to drive from Delhi in Swift Dezire, Will that be Ok if i drive because i have no idea about the Road conditions?

    5. Please help me with the Route which i should take.

    Thanks in Advance
    Pankaj Sharma

    • Hello Pankaj,

      1. Yes, it is good time to travel to Tirthan Valley.

      2. Both are good, I don;t think you will get Raju as he is sold out till July I think as he told me since I am going next weekend. You will not go wrong with other option too or even River Side Resorts. They will be able to help you.

      3. Yes, that should be OK just drive carefully from Swarghat to Bilaspur and DO NOT over take on curves no matter how frustrated you are feeling behind bee line of trucks.

      4 Road conditions from Swarghat to Bilaspur are pathetic with potholes and craters 🙂 … Drive slow and cautiously.

      5. Delhi – Chandigarh – Bilaspur – Mandi – Aut Tunnel (don’t enter it and continue straight) – Larji – Gushaini OR Delhi – Shimla – Narkanda – Sainj – Jalori Pass – Shoja – Banjaar – Gushaini

      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Pankaj Sharma on

        Thanks a lot for the Prompt Reply.

        Will let you know if there are any other queries related to the trip.


        • Pankaj Sharma on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          I called Raju, Himalayan Trout and River side resort and they all are booked for the days i am going.

          Could you please suggest some more options in Tirthan Valley.

          Pankaj Sharma

  12. Rahul Mansur on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    My parents (both 50+) would be going for their anniversary vacation in January 2014. Around 7 days – From Delhi. (Excluding travel)

    They’re looking for a place which is quiet, would have beautiful sights on the way / on location and not too far away from tons of snow.

    I was wondering if Tirthan would be a good option? Also, if they want snow, Manali / Rohtang isn’t too far away, right?

    What do you suggest?

    • Hello Rahul,

      Tirthan is a good option but please don’t compare the images from summers. The place will be brownish at that time of the year. But, yes it is quite peaceful and yet close to civilization. Regarding snow well even Shoja/Jalor Pass will be near which will also have good amount of snow available in January. Of course, Manali is just 2-3 Hrs of drive only from Tirthan.

      I will suggest to have 4 days of Tirthan Valley and 3 days at Solang Valley/Naggar Castle.

      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thanks for your inputs Dheeraj.

        Just a quick query before I finalize the itinerary –
        Any idea if there would be a provision for a heater at Raju Bharti?

        I tried calling up the numbers you’ve mentioned in the post, but have been unable to connect.

        Any other way to contact him?


        • Rahul are both these numbers not working: Phone Number: 09418149808 (01903-225008)? If that is the case I am afraid, do not have any other contact 🙁 … I strongly feel that there shall be heater but not 100% sure. And, if it does not work out then probably you can also try Himalayan Trout House too. You can also check that detailed review in DoW Community: Himalayan Trout House & Other places to stay in Tirthan

        • With due respect to Dheeraj, Rahul should be planning his parents trip depending on their interest in nature etc. Dheeraj is absolutely right when he says it will be brownish. Certainly not green. Will they be hiring a taxi or going self driving. A stay at Raju’s cottage is rustic. So this has to be kept in mind. It has only the basic amenities and necessities. No extra comforts like TV in room. Even the lights are minimal. I think there is a provision for a wood fire in the rooms on the first floor. Raju Bharti is busy with a wedding in the family. That could be one reason for his not taking calls.
          Rahul keep in mind your parents age. Good luck.

        • Yes Bharat, it will not be that beautiful what Rahul might have seen in the pictures over net or in reviews. Hills will wear complete brown cover very soon and winters have almost set it there 🙂 … However, if it is matter of staying at some peaceful location, Tirthan will be still better. Also, yes, for a luxury or comfortable stay, Himalayan Trout House will be a better option anyways 🙂

  13. Helo.
    Is October a good time to visit Tirthan valley? What are the good options of staying for 4-5 nights.

      • Thanks Dheeraj.
        Chkd up with Raju Bharti, accommodation available on dates requested. When I asked for bank details to remit advance, he replied thats not required. Rooms be considered confirmed. Will that be good enough???? Pl.advise.

  14. Hii Dheeraj,
    Thanks for your help. We shortlisted Triund,Kasol and Barot from what you suggested. We need your final word on this. Please select any one of these on our behalf which will be isolated and peaceful. We are planning a trip for four days.
    We are only two persons so will it be safe going up there now considering monsoon and other factors ,if yes then we would also like to know that should we take up a public transport or we can drive up there again considering this season. Can you please tell us in detail.
    If you have any other good place in mind near Delhi close to nature, isolated and peaceful where both of us can really relax then please do suggest .We are looking for isolation from the world for some time…. I hope you can understand 🙂
    We are very much confused and are really counting on your word to make this a remarkable trip 🙂
    Hope I am not taking much of your time..

    • Prakhar, as I earlier suggested rains are lashing the hills as of now and all rivers are in spate. I will suggest better to hold back for a month or so and then plan a trip to Hills. Otherwise, better look towards Rajathan side.

      Still, you wanna plan and since you are just two better go with Kasol or Triund. There are overnight volvos to Dhamarshala from Delhi which you can take for to-fro and then be there. Keep in mind that triund has only FRH to stay, so you need to check the availability in Dharamshala DFO office to book them. Otherwise travel agents in McLeod Ganj provides tents with porters to be arranged up there and in case if it rains then camping will be difficult.

      Regarding Kasol, you can take overnight volvo to Manali and get down at Bhunter, Kullu where you will get the taxi for Kasol easily. Then relax at Kasol, do various hikes on days and come back from the same volvo after getting connected with HPTDC guys or in fact for a change last day visit Manali to take the volvo from there.

  15. Hi Dheeraj,
    I am planning to go for a trip with a friend around 30th August for 3-4 days.Can you please suggest a nice hilly place.We are looking for peace and solitude.
    And can you also tell us whether we can drive to Tirthan Valley at this time of the year.

    • Prakhar, rains are lashing the hills as of now and all rivers are in spate. I will suggest better to hold back for a month or so and then plan a trip to Hills. Otherwise, better look towards Rajathan side. If you still wanna take on the Monsoon Challenge, then head toward either of Kasol, Bir-Billing, Barot, Mcloed Ganj with Triund Hike for couple of days.

  16. Hi Dheeraj
    looking fr three days trip around delhi in dec first week wid my husband..please suggest few good options…would prefer moderate climate..

    • Hi Kanika,

      Try Chakrata which is near to Delhi for three day trip. It will not be that hectic, if you are just looking for peace and solitude to have a relaxing days in hills. The to-fro journey won’t be much here. Rest almost all destinations are quite distant and takes about 12-13 hrs of journey.

      OR you can try Kasol – Manikaran using overnight Volvo going to Manali.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  17. Anita Kapoor on

    Mr Dheeraj

    Please let me know if dec would be right time to visit Tirthan valley
    Please update me
    Anita kapoor

    • Hello Anita,

      Well, if you guys are OK with cold conditions then yes, it would be good time to go to Tirthan Valley. You guys can go up towards Shoja to enjoy snow as well.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  18. Wonderful. I have been to this place and it is an amazing place. Just few (50) kilometers up and you reach the steepest pass of Himachal Pradesh, The Jalori Pass. Wonderful Dheeraj 🙂

    • Thanks Tarun bhai!! dun know how I missed the comments here … The drive towards Jalori from both Shoja and Shimla side is quite an experience in itself. Infact one of the beautiful drives I have ever done… and then you reach the most tranquil place, Tirthan Valley!! Feelings cannot be expressed but yes overtime the place is also started on towards commercialization pathways…

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