“Are you in search of some off-beat destination, somewhere tucked away in mountains and next to rivers for your next getaway? If that is the case then your search ends here. Here I share with you one of my favourites, breath- taking beautiful, calm and serene locations nestled in the lap of Himalayas, making it just perfect for a quick rejuvenation with your family or gang of friends. Do not worry, whether you are a mountain person or a water baby, whether you like everything planned or love some dash of adventure, Tirthan Valley is a must visit jewel from our box of gems.”
After juggling for weeks of 9 to 5 madness, I was returning from office and my wife called to say, “I need some time off with you. Can we please go to Kasol?” I was not left with much choice but say a yes, so I quickly called up one of my adventure junkies friends, who’s backpack is always kept ready at the door and asked him to tag along. He jumped at the idea and the very next morning, our trio set on an unplanned, unexpected trip to just have some fun over the weekend. We were merrily on our way to Kasol, munching on chips and singing songs. After a couple of hours, we hit a two-way. One would take us to Kasol. And other, to some place we never heard of and never been to. Just for adding some more fun to the trip, I decided to maneuver the car to the other route and prepared ourselves for everything: good roads, no roads, jungles, monkeys, lions and even an UFO.
I looked around and decided to return back to the original plan of Kasol, and while I started to take a U-turn, my wife started throwing her usual girly tantrums and again I did not have much choice but give in. Soon myself and my adventure-junkie friend were now driver-turned-photographer for her. After an hour of modelling, she was hungry which was a golden opportunity for us to escape the situation. I looked around, but not a single person to be found, only beautiful open lands with a very unusual green trees and grass and very fresh air with the mighty Himalayas in the backdrop. We mutually agreed for a 5-minute short walk hoping to encounter some local or a small chai-bandi. To our surprise, we did not find anyone but we did find yet another entrance, very old, broken down, covered with creepers. Looking at it, we were sure that this place have not been lived for years together. We walked 5 more minutes through that entrance with deep lush green forests on both the sides and rumbling leaves from fresh, light and cold wind. Far away somewhere, the gushing waters could also be heard.
While walking, we stumble upon something, the sight of which, the three of us are going to behold for the rest of our lives. We had never seen anything this beautiful. We had apparently entered an eco-friendly nature resort with a bunch of tree houses and villas setup on distance amid these forests, with very beautiful wooden aesthetics. And now, the entire walk-way was lit up with some beautiful candles and lanterns, complimenting the wooden villas just perfect.We embarked upon jungle trails, hiking on the nearby hills and experiencing the wildness of the nature so close. We also indulged ourselves into some fishing and caught our dinner right beside the swimming pool. As it started to get darker, the sky was filled with innumerable stars in no time. Stars of all sizes, twinkling and the moon shining right between them, made the atmosphere so serene and peaceful. We just grabbed a chair each and gazed at the stars and moon all evening through late night.