Lovely Parvati river valley. Mountains rising all around. Scattered camp sites. Fresh, cool, mountain breeze. Synthesis of multinational cultures. Bar, bakeries, cheap stays. Partying, Trekking, Hoping all around.
Kasol – still a small Himachali village with simple and transparent पहाड़ी people. The valley has gradually became a back-packers paradise. Mostly a global tourists’ favorite, steadily now a prized destination for Indians too.
Some of the regular activities everybody does while in Kasol are Kheerganga Trek, Riverside Camping, Hoping between numerous hanging joints, Rafting & Trout Fishing in Parvati. However, here are some further trips you can venture on – Excursion to the villages of Parvati Valley on Foot – Tosh, Malana, Chalal along with Kasol.
The picturesque village of Chalal, only a 30-minute easy trek from Kasol.
Cross the Mashairon bridge connecting the Kasol mall to the forests on the other side. As you walk, Parvati rumbles below; while birds chirp continuously as if in a well-orchestrated concert. All along, the beautiful Parvati river accompanies you.
This is one of the reasons this route is one of the favorites of solo hiker – the Parvati never allows you to feel alone even in the dense narrow path towards Chalal.
Chalal is small secluded and quaint village with nothing to attract a regular tourist. But if you are lucky to have curious eyes and traveler’s heart, there are so much in this small mountain nook. Local cultures are gradually giving way to facilities for tourists. Italian joints are more easily available than a local food outlet. You can however have one of best pizzas you ever had. From a simple Himachali village it has been transformed into a Bob Marley country.
The nature has not given up yet! The birds, the blossoming cherry trees, pink and white apricots blankets everywhere. Just grab a spot near the river, randomly, and spend sometime with yourself.
Malana – they say, it is one of India’s best kept secrets. May be its true, may be not. Still the social ecosystem and lifestyle of the people would leave you bemused. For instance as per the local villagers, Malana is the oldest republic of the world!
Malana might be infamous for its Malana Cream, but the tiny unique village is much more to offer to you. As a quite exemplary case of guarding and shielding itself from the globalization and infinite influx of multicultural tourist flow, Malana still managed to control its culture and identity.
Visiting Malana is in itself an experience just to witness their strong and still original traditions. They don’t even eat food cooked by a non-native. When in Malana, be sure not to touch the walls or belongings of the natives unless you want a fine imposed. Unlike the rest of India, the village of Malana has its own religious beliefs. The Malanese people believe that they are descendants of Alexander The Great, and don’t you dare to challenge that. The entire village votes for the person chosen by their deity. The deity’s spokesperson is called Gur. The people here believe that the mountains make their own rules. The significance of faith is really important to these people, which is why they still ask their Devta who to vote for. These are just some of the instances that makes Malana a place to visit and discover.
Only 22 kms trek from Kasol, Malana invites and hosts every kind of people. Families to Hippies. Nature lovers to Charas suitors. Adventurers to Peace seekers.
Situated at a height of 7874 feet above sea-level, Tosh is the village at the far end of the Parvati Valley. The drive from Kasol to Barshaini, which is the last stop on the bus route to Tosh, is fairly smooth, but from then on, the path is treacherous. The last few kilometres to a destination are often the most exciting as its beauty comes into view.
Blessed with unique natural beauties, Tosh is the most ideal place for bachelors, adventure seekers, bikers, solo travelers and for those who want something new and special from traveling.
Go to Kasol, and the nearby unexplored areas. Experience a journey like never before, and nowhere else.