The Tirthan Valley Fishing Resort:The Tirthan Valley in Kullu District is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh. Located within the Great Himalayan National Park, the road winds its way lazily along the river through forests and past fields and tiny hamlets with quaint names like Chalogi, Mungla, Nagini, Ghushaini and numerous paths lead off the road to the snow fed river itself as it gushes its way over the rocks to drop into pools and spread itself out over flats where every stone is visible through its crystal clear waters, home to the wilder brown trout and its more coveted cousin, the rainbow trout.
The Himalayan Trout House is a social center in the Tirthan valley providing a friendly place for locals and visiting fishermen, trekkers, campers and other holiday makers to meet each other, exchange stories, share bonfires and eat outs, read, listen to music, play games, etc.,
A modern kitchen with freezers, burners, tandoor, oven and grill provides meals all through the day serving many of the delicacies available in the city including some surprises. The highpoint of the menu is, of course the fresh wild trout from the river below accompanied by fresh salads, vegetables and herbs from a nearby bio garden and seasonal fruit from the local orchards.
Trout fishing is a specialized art but one that any bright child with cunning and skill can perfect. It takes stealth to leap over rocks and approach a pool quietly and cautiously it takes dexterity to cast your spinner or fly out near the rocks under which the trout hide, luck not to get it snagged and lost and fate will decide whether your lure is taken or not. Some resident fishermen claim to know some certain large sized trout 'by name' and will visit the ponds where these fish live every few days to try and hook them again with innovative and creative adjustments to their lures. It's all a part of the trout game and the Tirthan valley is one great place to play the game.
Trout fishing season extends from 1st of March to the 31st of October.
The Trout house remains open to visitors throughout the year offering cozy personalised services to snowline visitors in the winter.
The best seasons to visit are from March through to November. Even at the height of summer light woollens may be required in the early mornings and late evenings. However the winters in the valley are mild (for Himachal) with many days of bright sunshine and the occasional light snowfall.
How to Get There:Drive down in one day. An early morning departure at 5 a.m. from Delhi should have you past Chandigarh by 11 a.m., at Aut by 5 p.m. and at the Trout House by 6.00 p.m.
Another way to do it is to break journey at the Tourist Rest House in Bilaspur along the way. You could leave Delhi at 11 a.m. to be in Bilaspur by 7 p.m. in time to book in. An early morning departure from here at 6 a.m. will have you in the trout house by 11 a.m.
Places to Visit:Gara Durga Temple, Great Himalayan National Park, Shanogi Mata Temple, etc.,