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A Summer Getaway to Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India | Things to do in Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh on a family vacation

Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is a pristine Himalayan region in the kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The Great Himalayan National Park (one of the largest biosphere reserves in India and UNESO World Heritage site) is located in the Tirthan valley and if you are looking for a quiet time away with family amidst lofty mountains and mesmerising natural beauty, then this is the place to head on a summer vacation.  The first time I visited Tirthan Valley and Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)on a solo trip was in 2006 and was completely charmed by the pretty valley as well the warm locals. However, despite my best efforts, I could only visit it next time last year (2017) on a long weekend getaway at Tirthan Anglers’ Retreat with friends. I so much wanted to come back with my family to Tirthan Valley, so this year, our summer family road trip destination was to Tirthan Valley. It took us 1.5 days to reach the Tirthan Valley from Delhi and equal time to get back, however, the 6 days we spent here absolute bliss and my family was totally taken in by the charms of the pretty valley. Sharing our experiences of a summer family vacation in Tirthan Valley :

[caption id="attachment_5721" align="alignnone" width="688"] By the Tirthan River in Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Long Weekend Getaways from Delhi-NCR in August | Must Visit Destinations from Delhi

August is here and there are one two three fabulous long weekends of Rakshabandhan, Janmashtami, Independence Day and  Ganesh Chaturthi to relax, rejuvenate from our busy work lives.  It’s also a great opportunity to travel and the long weekends this month August are of 3 and 5 days each, Rakshabandhan is on a Monday (7th August), Janmashtami is on a Monday and Independence Day is just the day after (so there are 4 days off including the weekend) and Ganesh Chaturthi is on a Friday (again clubs with a weekend). There are some great destinations from Delhi/NCR which can be covered in the long weekend of August and I have compiled a list here of top 10 destinations for long weekend getaway from Delgi/NCR, based on my previous long weekend travels. All of these destinations can be covered in 3-5 days. So here we go:

[caption id="attachment_5249" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Neemrana Fort Palace in monsoons[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Hiking in Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh | Story of a day hike

“The adventure is not in getting somewhere, it’s the on-the-way experience. It is not the expected: it’s the surprise.” ~ Ruskin Bond. 

Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities and most probably I got inspired by reading Ruskin Bond's beautiful anecdotes of his life in the mountains; the visually inspiring descriptions of pretty walks in the valleys, hikes in the mountains, flowers and trees. So when I was in Tirthan valley on a long weekend getaway at Tirthan Anglers' Retreat (in Himachal Pradesh, India), hiking in the villages was my choice of activity. While most of my fellow travelers in the group took a day tour to Jalori Pass, I went off on a leisurely hike with Tirthan resident & travel blogger Medhavi. 

[caption id="attachment_5130" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Walking in Banjar, Tirthan Valley[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Long Weekend Getaway to Tirthan Anglers’ Retreat in Himachal Pradesh | Summer Travel Escapes to Himalayas

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ever since I visited Tirthan and Gushaini valleys in Himachal Pradesh a decade back, I have wanted to go back here. Many things did not work out over the years, but this year, somehow my heart decided upon visiting this spectacular bio-diverse region of Tirthan & Gushaini valleys n Himachal Pradesh, which also includes Great Himalayan National Park. Universe conspired and I went on a most enjoyable long weekend getaway to Tirthan Angler’s Retreat in Himachal Pradesh, in a series of developments, which I can only term as the ‘Mystic Law’ of the Universe.

[caption id="attachment_5123" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Views from my room at Tirthan Anglers' Retreat[/caption]

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Delhi to Palampur (Himachal Pradesh) Road Trip | Driving Guide

I had travelled with fellow bloggers & photographers on a road trip to Palampur (Himachal Pradesh) from Delhi some time back on invite from Himachal Heritage Village. While our experience of Palampur was pleasant, the drive from delhi to palampur and back was a nightmare. It was because of a bad driver mostly, but also due to some mistakes we made while understanding the directions on google map. So I am sharing my guide on DelhJi to Palampur road trip by self driving or hired car.

[caption id="attachment_5114" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Google Map Direction - Delh to Palampur[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Baijnath Temple in Palampur Himachal Pradesh, India

I am fascinated by the mythological narratives related with the ancient cities & heritage, especially of my faith Hinduism.  Although, I am more of a spiritual person who most often is a bit lazy about the faith related rituals in my daily life, I am constantly wanting to know about the various narratives of our gods & goddesses; I find that Hinduism has very nicely emphasised many great teachings on humanity, environment and life, through the mythlogical narratives of the various gods & goddesses that are worshipped & revered. One of my favourite Gods (yes I say favourite as I feel a connection to him) is Lord Shiva. I make it a point to visit temples or places related to the mythology of Lord Shiva whenever I’m travelling to a destination (i.e. if it is supposed to have one).

Some months back, I visited Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, India on an invite by Himachal Heritage Village for a long weekend getaway and amidst many wonderful experiences, a serene experience was making a visit to Baijnath Temple, located in main town. Sharing my experience of my Visit to Baijnath Temple in Palampur.

[caption id="attachment_4744" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Baijnath Temple complex Baijnath Temple complex[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar

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