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The Himalayas have always been a dream getaway destination for all people alike. The might of these mountains added with the hospitality of its people and the fresh air is addictive- and we're not to be blamed ;)
What if we told you that we're gonna backpack across the heart of the Himalayas and do a little bit of everything: Take up a scenic trek, stay in the rustic homestays sipping on a hot cup of tea and staring out the window into the infinite mountains, relax in a natural hot water spring and and.... Well, where's the fun if we spill it all right here?
To say the least, this is going to be the backpacking trip you've been looking forward to all your life; so don't even be in a dilemma, just pack your bags and join in!!
Location: Kasol (Parvati Valley)
Trip duration: 7N / 8D
Dates: 7th (Sat) - 14th (Sat) Dec, '19
Cost: INR 14200 (Mumbai-Mumbai)
- Explore lesser-known villages like Tosh, Manikaran, Kalga
- Trek to Kheerganga & camp at the top
- Dip into the hot water springs
- Visit pristine pine forests & Parvati river
- Explore the Kasol market
Day 1: Unlike others, our journey DOES NOT begin at Delhi, it begins right here in Mumbai! :D
We have booked train tickets in the Garib Rath Express, and we all go together- playing loads of games and having the time of our lives in the train journey itself (Remember YJHD?)
Day 2: We reach in the morning at Delhi after which we give you free time to explore the Capital City. Go explore the street food here, or visit the famous Red Fort & India Gate! We assemble at R.K. Ashram Metro station (Pillar no. 9) by 5:00 pm from where we board our bus to Bhuntar. Say goodbye to pollution, traffic, the fast-paced city life and probably even network connectivity.
Day 3: After reaching Bhuntar early in the morning, we'll make our way to Kasol, where we settle into our homestays. You can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, exploring this hippie paradise and go cafe hopping, maybe try out the famous Israeli / Continental cuisines! Not forgetting to mention, Kasol has got a famous night market too- which shouldn't be missed!
We hit the sheets early after dinner because tomorrow's the BIG DAY we've all been waiting for!
Day 4: Today we trek to the hot water springs of Kheerganga! The trek's 12 km long, so it will test you. But worry not the scenic forests and the picturesque snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas will make up for it. And of course, the end reward of dipping yourself into a hot water spring to relax your sole muscles is so, so worth it!
We'll camp in the tents at Kheerganga overnight. There'll be bonfire too, just in case you're wondering ;)
Day 5: We check out from our cosy little tents early in the morning and retrace our way back down through the same scenic route. Once we're back to base, we'll make our way to the heart of Parvati Valley today- TOSH!
Tosh is the highest village in this valley located on a hillside overlooking the river and a waterfall (We know you've already started imagining)
The most ideal way to explore this hamlet is to undertake long walks and discover the pretty delights of its mountain scenery. In the evening, take a stroll to the local flea market to pick souvenirs for family and friends. Overnight stay at Tosh.
Day 6: Today's our last day in this beautiful valley. We'll make the most of it by exploring the remainder of the rustic villages namely- Kalga & Pulga, the pristine untouched pinewood wonderland! We finally make our way to Manikaran Sahib in the afternoon and have langar.
Make sure you go shopping and get those jholas, souvenirs & the famous Himachal jewellery. We'll head to Bhuntar right after and take a bus back to Delhi in the evening.
Day 7: We reach Delhi in the morning and immediately make our way to the railway station to board the Garib Rath Express back to Mumbai!
Day 8: Reach Mumbai. Goodbye new friends, goodbye mountains but surely not for long! :)
-3AC Train ticket from Mumbai to Delhi and back (Garib Rath Express)
-Bus fares from Delhi to Bhuntar and back in semi-sleeper AC buses
-Accommodation in cosy, rustic and comfortable homestays at Kasol & Tosh
-Accommodation in tents/rooms at Kheerganga
-Private internal transport (Jeeps) throughout
-Two meals a day i.e. breakfast and dinner (from Day 3 to Day 6)
-All activities as per itinerary
-Visits to places as per itinerary
-Basic medical and first-aid kit
-All permits, tolls and parking charges
-Experienced local guide
-Experienced Bhatakna representative
THINGS TO CARRY:
-Sufficient liquid cash
-Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
-Snacks & Biscuits
-Sturdy shoes for trekking & slippers/flip-flops for the rest of the journey