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Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Gushaini is a scenic and pristine town, located in the valley of Tirthan in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is about a 15 hour drive from Delhi. Still relatively untouched by modern life, Gushaini remains tucked in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, offering peaceful and serene environs.
Located at an elevation of 4500 ft above sea level, Gushaini can be explored by walks through its natural groves and woods making it ideal for those interested in nature walks. Since, Gushaini nestled along the Tirthan river, which offers trout fishing. That is why this place is also called Trout Country. One can see anglers fishing in the Tirthan River.
Gushaini has a temperate climate all round the year. The best time to visit here is between February and June and September and November.
Gushaini is a great place to have a picnic in the wilderness. It boasts many small hamlets and villages some of them are Nagini, Chalogi, Mungla etc. The villagers here are very friendly and hospitable.
Gushaini also offers nature walks as there are many woods and various natural groves where tourists can enjoy a scenic walk.
The hill station is the paradise for the adventure seekers that offer a wide variety of sports ranging from trekking, rock climbing, fishing, rafting and many others. The Himalayan National Park is a vast expanse of forest which is a good place for trekking and rock climbing.
This is one of the entry points to the Great Himalayan National Park. Officially known as the Jawaharlal Nehru Great Himalayan National Park, it was set up in 1984. Bounded by the towering peaks of the Himalayas on three sides with an entrance from the west, the park covers an area of 1,171 km2 of the previously-established Tirthan Sanctuary. The park which lies in the Seraj Forest Division in the upper catchments of the rivers Thirthan, Jiwa and Sainj has an altitude varying from 1500 to around 6000 meters with snowy mountains, glaciers, river valleys, cliffs and dense forest. This park is home to 30 species of mammals and around 300 species of birds. Special permits from the Park Director at Shamsi or the range officers at Larji, Sairopa, Banjar or Sainj are required by tourists for entrance to the Great Himalayan National Park. No vehicle is allowed inside the park.
Dev Kanda Temple
Situated on top of the highest peak of the region, from here one can view the valley below, the forest and the snow-clad peaks.
Shinga Rishi Temple
Shinga Rishi Temple is located 2 hr walk from Banjar. It is a small beautiful three tiered wooden pagoda style structure with shades of green and blue.The main sanctum is up a flight of steep wooden steps. Locals take their newborns for mundan or tonsuring ceremony here.
The Tower of Chehni Village
Chehni, near the Banjar valley is a beautiful village with stunning tiered twin-tower temple. The present tower believed to be built around 17th century as a defense tower. Initially it has 15 storeys but lost its storeys in 1905 Kangra earthquake. Built by Thakur Dhadhu and after his name the tower is also called as Dhadhiya – Kot. Close to the tower is 5 storeys high Murlimanohar Temple, built in the same style. The idol of Krishna here is placed on the first storey and the image was brought here from a place which is around 20 Kms far to save it from Sikhs who invaded the area around 1720s.
Gara Durga Temple
Sands in the market square at Gushaini, it is a 15 minutes mountain walk. It has a Pahari style architecture with folk art carvings. One can enjoy the colourful fair held in the main square around this temple on September 25.