Himachal the topography of an intricate chain of mountain ranges and a wanderers kaleidoscope for culture, arts and language is must-do backpacking in India. Has a Himachal Backpacking trip crossed your mind anytime?
A tour to Manali-Kasol-Tosh-Jibhi tops them all, the adrenaline rushes like no other! The visit to the prominent places of Parvati valley, Manikaran, Solang valley, Sarsoli lake, and Jalori Pass and the magnificent Kasol fills you up with authenticity of raw Himachal and experiencing the so-called hippie life of Parvati!
DATES: 11th 17th Jan 2020 | 25th 31st Jan 2020 8th 14th Feb 2020 | 22nd 28th Feb 2020
START: Majnu Ka Tila/RK Ashram Metro Station by 6 PM, Delhi
TRANSPORT: To and fro Transport in a Tempo Traveller(AC Pushback)/Volvo Bus(AC Semi Sleeper) from Delhi
Day 1: Reach Manali from Delhi
The journey will commence in Delhi. The pick-up point will be Majnu Ka Tila/RK Ashram Metro Station by 6.00 PM. We will start our overnight journey from there and we will be in the first spot, Manali around 10 AM. Along the way, get to know your new backpacker, share interests and get some sleep for the big hike days ahead.
Day 2: Reach Manali – Jogini Waterfall – Local Sightseeing
Once we arrive at Manali the next morning, we will Check-In at the hotel and freshen up with a quick breakfast. Firstly, we will start with a small hike to Jogini Waterfalls. Jogini waterfalls is magnificent and are situated near Vashisht village in Himachal Pradesh. This village, located around 3 km from Manali is famous for its sulphurous hot water springs that are believed to have great healing powers. The cascades of these waterfalls fall from 150 feet and form a small pool at the base that forms as a perfect plunge to spend time in the water.
The trek to this waterfalls begins from Vashisht temple, about 3kms trekking trail. The trek route passes through narrow lane by the side of the temple and it goes through apple orchids, tall pine trees, aligned with sprawling valleys. This hike is of around 1 hour to reach the base of the waterfalls. You will find the top of the waterfalls with a hike for about 15 minutes. This is one of the best short treks in Manali to enjoy local scenic beauty and village life in the Himalayas!
Jogini Falls is situated on the Northern edge of Vashisht Village & mark the village boundary. The waterfall cascades down from a height of around 150 feet through multiple levels. There is a small pool at the base formed by the fall and visitors can take a plunge in the water and spend some time. Also, we will visit the Jogini Mata temple at the base of the waterfall, which is a sacred site to the surrounding villages. After spending time at the Jogini falls, we will take a stroll at Mall Road, also known as the heart of the town, the center point of Manali.
This local sightseeing place has a lot to offer. Constantly buzzing with activity throughout the day, the entire road is lined with multiple restaurants, commercial centers, and emporiums. While you are here, you can take a look at the most sought-after Kashmiri shawls, rugs, wooden furniture and books. It also has smaller shopping zones such as the Hong Kong Market, Thai market, Lama Underground, etc. Also, we will spend time at Old Manali, which is another famous place for several cafes that serve delectable cuisines with a magnificent ambiance. After wrapping up the evening in this quaint place, we will have dinner and head back to the hotel to rest!
Day 3: Manali Sightseeing – Departure for Kasol
On Day 3, we will grasp a quick breakfast and gear up for another ride of Manali sightseeing. Manali is a little heaven, offering a treat for the mind and the soul, and is a travel destination one should visit at least once in a lifetime. This one destination offers tourism, adventure tourism, wildlife tourism, and the snow-covered pine and fir trees are the show stoppers as you travel through the paradise.
Post breakfast we start for the Solang Valley tour, also known as the snow valley. Solang Valley has situated 13 km from west of Manali, and it has breathtaking views of the Pir Panjal range, especially during snowfall. It is not just known for skiing, but a lot more. This place is prominent for winter adventures like skiing, parachuting, paragliding, trekking and mountaineering, ATV ride and Zipline. You can choose to immerse yourself in them. Post this we will head out for lunch and bid farewell to our Manali visit. We will head to Kasol after lunch and will be reaching there by evening. We will check-in at the hotel and retire for the day!
Day 4 – Kasol Sightseeing – Depart to Tosh
We will start Day 4 with a quick breakfast and head towards Chalal hike from Kasol. While Kasol gets the spotlight amongst the villages of the Parvati Valley. One can enjoy the true serenity of the magical Himachal Pradesh by trekking a little further from this major town to the quaint little village of Chalal. Situated at an altitude of over 5300 feet and a 30-minute trek away from the tourist hub of Kasol, Chalal has managed to retain its old-world mountain village rustic charm. It is surrounded by majestic mountains, streams and long stretches of Marijuana cultivation. The trail will take you to the small, enticing village of Chalal, cradled in the conifer dense forest, the village gives you much scenic beauty to admire, right beside the wildly flowing Parvati River.
Once we trek down from Chalal, we will head to Manikaran using our transport. Manikaran, situated near the Parvati Valley has been a famous pilgrimage center for Hindus and Sikhs. Here, we will be visiting the very famous Gurudwara, a place of assembly and worship for Sikhs. We will move forward to the next destination Tosh. We will retire from our day at Tosh, sharing the stories over dinner.
Day 5 – Tosh Sightseeing – Depart to Jibhi
Waking up to the beautiful weather in Tosh, we will kick start our Day 5. Tosh is another unparalleled beauty in the Himalayas. This is quite popular amongst tourists and an apt place to experience local cuisines and eateries. We will spend the blissful morning in Tosh and grab a quick breakfast. Post breakfast, we will head back to kasol and drive towards Jibhi.
Jibhi is one such gem of a destination, situated in Banjar valley of Himachal Pradesh. With wooden houses that are a couple of stories high, perched in clusters on elevated slopes, with intricate cantilevered balconies – all these blends with the landscape of Banjar valley! Often referred to as a mesmerizing “hamlet”, it is untouched by industrialization and offers a relaxed journey amidst the lush green forests and the tranquil freshwater lakes. We will take a tour through this place and treat ourselves with the local delicacies. We will check-in at the hotel after dinner and retire for the day!
Day 6: Jibhi to Jalori pass and Sirolsar Lake – Departure for Delhi
This last day of the tour, we head to Jalori pass. Having a quick breakfast at Jibhi, we commence towards Jalori pass. This pass is a connecting link between Kullu and Shimla district. As you move towards the Jalori pass, you will be welcomed with the serene ambiance rendered by the mighty Himalayas, unwinding nature’s exquisite presence. The seasonal flowers that bloom in this region along with the flora and fauna amidst the highlands surely will relax you!
Once you reach Jalori pass, we will do a small trek to the Sirolsar lake. This lake located at an altitude of 3199 m, surrounded by thick alpine forests. There is a myth that the birds around the lake, helps to keep the lake water crystal clear and has medicinal properties of its own! The lake has a narrow walking track with thick trees on both sides, giving you a feel of walking in a paradise. The trek from Jalori Pass to Sirolsar lake is a 5 km trek and takes about 2 hrs and it starts from the temple atop Jalori pass.
After our trail towards Sirolsar lake, we will have the first look of the magnificent view of the lake, surrounded by high pine trees. During snow, the lake is entirely covered by ice, giving the looks of an iced football ground. We will spend a lot of time relaxing and watching the views. Post this we shall commence our journey back to Delhi. As we travel, we will reach Mandi by evening, and spend overnight traveling to Delhi.
Day 7: Arrive Delhi by morning
You will arrive in New Delhi the next day by 7 AM. This brings you to the end of the absolutely relished 6-day Himachal backpacking tour.
INCLUSIONS: -Volvo Bus tickets from Delhi Manali and Bhuntar Delhi -Accommodation for all nights on multiple sharing bases in rooms/ camp/homestay -Meals as per plan ( Breakfast- Dinner ) -Sightseeing as per itinerary -Trip Leader -Tempo traveler for local transport on rest of the days
EXCLUSIONS: -Meals not mentioned above -Any kind of personal expenses -Any kind of insurance ( health, accidental, life, etc ) -Rohthang Pass Visit -Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances, cancellations, road blockages, landslides, etc
Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants, and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
Put Litter in its place, do not trash the mother earth.
In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns expect a few delays in reaching the destination.
All the meals will be Veg if included
Plan The Unplanned will not be responsible for any loss/ hamper of your possessions. We request you to be alert about whatever you carry.