In the Tirthan Valley, we swear by these words. We know if we let the environment be destroyed, our Tirthan life and all that is special about it will also be destroyed. As locals, we are proudly self-sufficient and work towards promoting our valley and culture in a holistic manner. We will sustain every single one of nature’s gifts to us.
We formed the Tirthan Conservation and Tourism Development Association to secure our land and surroundings. We aim to prevent any kind of direct or indirect scarcity, whether it be pollution, water shortages, illegal fish farming or global warming. The Association’s primary purpose is to eliminate the commercialization of our neighbourhood and retain the aura of the valley. Each of us is working towards providing a sustainable environment for tourists by utilising available resources and the produce of local farming as well as that which Mother Nature has gifted us.
Situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, the Tirthan Valley takes its name from the rushing river Tirthan. The river rises at a sacred water spring called Tirth (or Tirath) near the Hanskund Peak (4800m) and flows down through the valley till it joins the Beas river at Larji. The valley is at an average altitude of 1600 metres above sea level and is in the eco buffer zone of the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). In terms of population, there are about 50 villages spread across the entire area. We have a unique culture and environment that we would love to share with you in a responsible and sustainable fashion.
We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment. - Margaret Mead, anthropologist