Tirthan Day 1: Chhoie Waterfall

Hello People!!

The mountains have always been a source of solace, unless they are highly commercialised and crowded as it has been with Shimla & Manali – the most accessible hill stations from Delhi. This drove me towards the less explored Tirthan Valley in the Himachal Pradesh.

SO here starts my journey into the unknown – the Tirthan Valley!! I decided to go on a solo trip with a tour provider. Basically, I was exploring the unknown along with the unknown, who later turned out to be great companions. Our voyage started on a Thursday evening from Delhi in a tempo traveler. The drive was really long which lasted for 16 hours, thanks to an unexpected landslide near Manali and a long diversion through numerous small villages. As the following days were to unveil, our trip was greeted with many such things!!

We reached our homestay by afternoon around lunch time. Although this long distance had it’s toll, it was compensated by the beautiful picturesque road we took as we entered the Sainj and Tirthan valley. Onto the road besides the Tirthan river, it felt surreal. The best part – our stay was in the yet-to-be commercial Tirthan village.

We quickly checked-in, unpacked, and geared-up for the rest of the day. Post lunch, we started our hike to the Chhoie waterfall. Chhoie waterfall is a sacred waterfall located deep in the Great Himalayan National Park – a place dedicated to the Chhoie Devta of the Tirthan Valley and the source of water to the whole village. This beautiful secluded waterfall will give you a sense of serenity the moment you get closer to it. The waterfall and the stream flowing from it are covered with a dense forest, which at instances can be scary!!

Although a short one, the trek is by no means a cake walk, especially due to the sections where you need to cross the rocks. The trail is clearly laid – at places its just a kutcha path and it is also steep initially. As it happens with any trek, there are delusional patches which make you feel “its just around the corner”. Pro tips here: don’t forget to to put on those pair of shoes, trust the trek pole, and carry your own water bottle!! It took around 3 hours to reach the fall and get down to the village. So yes, it’s a must for the beginners who wish to go for the Himalayan treks.

The sunset is as beautiful in mountains as the sunrise!! The small hamlets enroute the waterfall are avenues for enjoying clear sky and the sun.

But the day was far from over yet. This short trek was followed by an evening in one of the famous cafes of the area. And the we called it a day after the late night river-side bon-fire!!

2 Comments

  1. Amazing description. Feels like I visited the place and experienced the beauty of nature myself. Very well articulated. Thanks and waiting for many more

  2. Forgot to mention beautiful clicks.

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