Nine Days Backpacking in Parvati Valley

Description

In the lap of the Himalayas, if there is one place that is considered to be a haven for Backpackers, it is Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh. At a convenient distance from the town of Bhuntar (on Delhi-Manali Highway), Parvati Valley is enchantingly beautiful. The Parvati River enters the Beas just above Bhuntar and its ethereally beautiful valley stretches back up to the hot springs at Manikaran and beyond into the 5000m heights of the Great Himalayan Range. With the pristine waters of the Parvati River gushing by, flourishing meadows, snowcapped peaks for the backdrop, and the peaceful village walks, this place is like a fairy tale come alive. It is a lush green valley that offers magical views of the Pir-Panjal Range, which is also one of the largest Himalayan Ranges. The valley has a well-deserved reputation for its charas (hashish), and several villages have been transformed into hippie/backpacker hang-outs, offering cheap accommodation, international food and nonstop music to crowds of international travellers. Like Manali, the Parvati is a favourite destination along the 'hummus trail' followed by post–military service Israeli travellers. It's also increasingly popular among young Indians.

Highlights


Itinerary

  • 1

    We board in a Tata HRTC Volvo bus from Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate around 19:00 Hrs.

  • 2

    We reach Kasol around 10:00 Hrs and check into the Tent Accomodation.

    The rest of the day is for leisure exploration of Kasol.

  • 3

    Early morning around 09:00 Hrs, we start for the village of Grahan.

    We reach Grahan by the end of day and check into a village Homestay.

    The evening is for leisure in the village of Grahan.

  • 4

    Post Breakfast, we start for Kasol around 10:00 Hrs.

    Reach Kasol by evening. (Post Lunch You may explore Manikaran-Sahib)

    The evening is for leisure in Kasol.

  • 5

    We start early morning around 07:00 Hrs for Barsheni.

    Barsheni is the last bus-stop on Manikaran road. We reach Barsheni around 09:00 Hrs. We begin hiking upto Tosh leaving behind the villages of Kalga-Thunga-Phulga. We reach Tosh around 10:30 Hrs. and check into a Homestay.

    After a short rest we start hiking for Kutla Village and Tosh Waterfall around 11:30 Hrs. and reach Tosh by the day-break.

    Evening is for leisure in Tosh.

  • 6

    Early morning, we start for Kheerganga from Tosh around 09:00 Hrs. Ignoring three villages Kalga, Tunga and Phulga on the bank of river Parvati.

    We reach Kheerganga by evening and check into the Tent accommodation.

    Evening is for hot-spring bath in Kheerganga.

  • 7

    Early morning, we leave Kheerganga and hike down to Barsheni. From there we start for Kasol around 15:30 Hrs.

    We reach Kasol by 17:30 Hrs and check into the tent accomodation in Kasol.

    Evening is for leisure in Kasol.

  • 8

    Post breakfast, we check out around 10:00 Hrs. This is the last day in Parvati Valley and we start out for Kullu Bus stop.

    We reach Kullu Bus stop around 15:30 Hrs.

    Board into a Tata HRTC Semi Volvo for Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate around 17:00 Hrs.

  • 9

    We reach Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate around 08:00 Hrs.

General Disclaimer Information

  • Fixed Departure Trips will have minimum of 5 Backpackers
  • Only on payment of minimum 50% of the trip cost will secure a seat.

Essentials to carry

  • Valid Photo ID Proof ( 5 Copies )
  • Passport Photograph
  • Your Own Backpack ( Other kinds of baggage will not be allowed)
  • Essentials for the Backpack

Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Travel to all points of interest as mentioned in Itinerary.
  • Food (Breakfast and Dinner) in Grahan and Kheerganga.
  • Entry Fee as applicable
  • Permit charges as applicable.
  • Guide Charge

Exclusions

  • Travel charges till Starting Point (ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi)
  • Travel charges from End Point (ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi)
  • Anything not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’