Pristine Palachan Valley in Himachal Pradesh
Palachan Valley, a remote valley in Himachal Pradesh is named after the Palachan River that flows along it. Locally called Flachan Valley, it is adjacent to Tirthan Valley. Palachan River and Tirthan River both originate from the Tirath Glacier in the Great Himalayan National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Palachan River flows through the valley with hamlets like Galingcha, Mashiyar, Batahad, Barnagi, Sheel, etc. and finally merges into Tirthan River at Gushaini.
Palachan Valley happened to be one of my local explorations since I'm living in Tirthan Valley.
The roads of Palachan Valley lead to infinite views of the mountains that are densely covered with pine and cedar trees. They make Palachan Valley look lush green almost throughout the year.
Palachan Valley is very sparely populated and not yet popular with the tourists, which gave me adequate opportunities to visit villages, meet the locals and learn their traditions. I couldn't resist walking along the pristine river and the heavenly bridges that lead me to some secret places.
The bridge lead me to a trail up a mountain and I kept hiking on it, as a part of my daily workout routine. I got some breath taking views of small hamlets perched on lush green mountains. The villages were flourishing with apple orchards, grean peas and barley cultivation. The mountain tops were covered with deodhar and pine trees against the vast blue sky.
I met some interesting villagers who lived in 2 houses on the way to village Sheel. After a chat with them, I had to head back as the weather started getting bad. The snow clad mountains of the Great Himalayan National Park had started peeking out from this spot. I heard of more beautiful views from the topmost village, which I'll explore someday again.
I stayed back in Palachan valley for a couple of days with my blogger friends who had come here for a weekend getaway. I woke up to these pleasing views of the valley in the rain when the hazy mountains layered up in the clouds.
Tirthan Anglers Retreat is a cosy little resort in the valley, which is five minutes walk down the road near Barnagi. The resort is a hidden gem in Palachan valley.
The sound of Palachan River that continuously flows next to the resort makes an indluging atmosphere for the ones who want to disconnect from the entire world and get lost into the oblivion of nature.
Palachan River is home to trouts and Tirthan Angler's Retreat is a great spot for fishing. You can spend your entire day with your fishing rods and some catches, and enjoy the bonfire and barbecued trouts in the chilly evenings.
P.S. I was hosted at Tirthan Angler's Retreat as a part of Travel Correspondents and Bloggers Group meet.
Namaste! I'm Medhavi Davda.
I travel to Evolve..
In Nature, I confide..
I find my calling in the Himalayas..
In the Oceans, I meditate..
A High-Altitude Trekker & PADI certified SCUBA Diver, I love exploring the heights and depths of the planet with my regular doses of mountains and oceans.
Discovering myself & life through nature, adventures, travels, sports and dance has been an addiction since my existence!
Quite fond of the natural & cultural diversity of India, I've travelled extensively in my own country before exploring international destinations.
I had left my 9+ yrs of career in Software Industry in a quest to make a living out of my passions. I packed my basics in my car (gave away the rest) and lived in different parts of Himachal Pradesh for 16 months. This invaluable time taught me to experience life from a broader perspective.
I'm currently living in Mumbai to work with an Adventure Travel company as a product manager for Scuba Diving. I continue living a minimalistic life.
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