Solo Journeys

Parvati Valley – Beyond Kasol

February 10, 2016
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Parvati Valley rests on the other side of the Kullu district and has been popular for homing the holy Manikaran Gurudwara in the heart of the valley where millions of Hindu and Sikh pilgrims travel every year. Later, Parvati Valley became more popular when Kasol became the hippie destination of the mountains with several travelers across the globe traveling to Kasol to experience the magic of the mountains with the Parvati river flowing alongside and the cafe culture.

Not many know about the beauty and history of Parvati Valley, which can only be discovered if one has a true wanderlust gene in them. To explore Parvati Valley as a whole in itself one visit can never be enough. Here is a small tour through the hidden and gorgeous next door spots of Parvati Valley

 

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Malana:

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Malana is famously known the Hashish destination of this world, and believe it or not, Malana is sold for a premium in Amsterdam. Malana is also an anarchy because of its history of curing Emperor Akbar while he was very ill, since then Akbar made Malana a tax free state, also it is believed that a troupe of Alexanders Army decided to stay there during the conquer, hence all locals are believed to be direct descendants  of Alexander and trust me you will see that in the green eyes of the locals there. Malana is also a forbidden village for anyone who is not from Malana, however has opened to tourism over the last couple of years. The temple located in the middle of the village is still alien to all outsiders with a fine imposed.

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Kheerganga:

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Kheerganga is a small village set up through out the summers in Himachal Pradesh. It is open for 7 months in a year from March thru October. It is only accessible by foot. It is a beautiful day trek on a narrow cliff side path going by numerous waterfalls and few isolated villages. There is usually about 30-50 people at the village site during the high season. Kheerganga homes a natural hot water spring which is the highlight of this day trek, Kheerganga also homes the mighty Pin Parvati Pass trek which is considered one of the difficult high altitude treks in the higher Himalayan Ranges. The night sky is something that one cannot miss.

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Tosh:

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A village at the far end of the Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh, the village of Tosh is situated at a height of 7874 feet above sea-level (2400 m). Tosh is now accessible by road and had become a popular destination for backpackers and young travelers. Tosh is located in the lap of the mountains and provides spectacular views of the mountains. Accommodation is provided by the villagers is basic yet clean at Tosh.

 

Chalal:

Chalal is a small village at a 30 minutes walking distance from Kasol not many know of. Chalal like Tosh having home stays and affordable lodges, is a perfect getaway for a break from the regular.

So are you still waiting 🙂

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