Travelogue Parvati Valley: Kasol Manikaran and Tosh!

After a year-long break from travelling, I’m back with an adventurous yet beautiful trip to The Parvati Valley, precisely Kasol, Manikaran and Tosh. It was a long throned wish to visit a hill station, after a lot of planning stuff I decided to explore The Valley!



So I took a train from Bhopal to reach Delhi from where I had to change a train for Phagwara.
You might be thinking, why Phagwara?
It was the place where I was supposed to meet my friends and lead to a beautiful excursion to Parvati Valley.
You can take a direct bus from Delhi to Manikaran at a very affordable price without getting into hassles.
I then took a bus from Phagwara leading to Manikaran, it was a whole night journey so after finalising everything I slept.
When I woke up I was already in the Parvati Valley and my reaction was Wowwwww!!!
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It was around 5:30 AM and I could see a beautiful sunrise set up for me somewhere near Bhuntar(a town located around 30km south to Kasol). You can see the beautiful Sangam of River Beas and Parvati while crossing the overbridge. 

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Within an hour I reached Kasol(a hamlet located in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh at a height of 1580 metres above the sea level) and then I started walking towards Manikaran.

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I was acquainted with a cafe for which I had to cross the overbridge and do a little trekking to the village Choj via Chalal Trek Trail.


Choj Overbridge
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View from our room at Shanti Cafe and Restaurant.
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The hosts were amazing and I found a Baba over there who’s actually a double PhD and spends half of his year in Kasol and a half travelling other parts of the world. 

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I rested a bit then moved to Manikaran to see the local market and explore a bit more of Parvati Valley.

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The first day was full of exploration and quite a few pictures!
I stood up till 3:30 AM and couldn’t see a single star due to the clouds but suddenly wind played its game and the sky was clear and that view was magical, a starry sky with beautiful mountains in the foreground! 

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Day 2 started with a bang, it was the day I was supposed to head to Tosh via Barshaini, I trekked my way through Chalal to reach Kasol and then took a taxi to Tosh.

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The journey was beautiful, all the way I could see snow capped mountains hidden under the clouds but it started getting scarier as I started moving closer to Tosh, the roads were narrow, a bit damaged and it was raining all the time, yet was worth taking it!

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So I reached Tosh in the noon, it is the last motorable village of The Parvati Valley at the height of approx. 2400 metres above the sea level! 
I then hunted for a place to stay and chose Pinky didi’s cafe which has a mind throbbing view of the Himalayas!
Pinki didi's cafe at the left corner.
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Pinky didi's Cafe


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Being there and enjoying the view was the only thing that place demanded from me, in the evening I started trailing to Tosh Village to actually explore the place and get something to eat!
I moved back to the cafe at around 9 PM, it was amazing walking through the streets of Tosh in the dark with a cold breeze and a scintillating view of the village! 
I stood up late and enjoyed the atmosphere, the next day I was supposed to leave back for our places but I was feeling 2 days aren’t enough for the Valley. There’s a lot of things to explore and moreover, you could just sit and enjoy the atmosphere without any pollution and any hassle, a minimum of 7 days is what you need to enjoy the actual beauty of the valley and for me, it was a weekend getaway! Haha. 

Things you can do in the valley:


  • Trek the mountains, there are lots of those, Kheerganga, Rasol, Grahan and if you’re brave enough to climb, Malana. 
  • River Rafting(Available at Bhuntar)
  • Paragliding
  • Sit back and enjoy!
  • Obviously, you can get high, different types of high moreover, standing on the top of a high rise high, the first time you smoke a Chillum high and the high of being in the hills! ;)
Travel responsibly and please do not pollute the environment! No matter where you go respect the quiet, you might enjoy the electronic trance but the creatures of the mountain don't!

With this I sign off for now, will be back with another travel story soon! 


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Comments

  1. Wow .. fantastic photos πŸ‘

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  2. It's really far out!. Very much excited to visit this place. You're much improved as a Blogger, I could imagine how your journey would be to the place and I did. Long way to go, keep writing, keep inspiring!

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    1. Thank you so much Disha, means a lot! :)

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  3. Awesome πŸ’Ÿ
    Now I should plan a trip to Kasol soon 😍

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  4. Amazing pictures!
    The place looks so peaceful when imagined by such a beautiful description!
    Fantastic!

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  5. The word perfectly compliment every single picture. Absolutely.
    Great work.

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    1. Thank you so much! You should read the other ones too! :)

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  6. Shivangi Lokras18 June 2018 at 23:12

    The best blog so far. I Loved all the pictures Mr. Photographer. ❤️❤️❤️ Keep it up. Curious to see the next blog. ��

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  7. Very well encapsulated!
    Well done!����

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  8. Reading felt more like personally witnessing your journey. The way you've framed it is commendable ❤️ Keep making us feel jelous 🀭

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    1. Thank you so much Tejaswi! πŸ™ˆ❤️

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  9. Masha'allah kya khoob! 😍😍😍

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  10. So Precisely described. πŸ˜ƒ
    One of the best ways to feel like traveling when you're not is to read your travel blog. 😍

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  11. Amazing pictures and content πŸ‘Œ

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  12. Ohh Man..!! This is hell amazing and beautiful too.
    You've framed everything so wonderfully.❤️
    Great work✌🏻️

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  13. One of your best blog till date... language was on point ... not much and not so whammy and as usual your visuall representations were soo good ❤ perfect indeed to setback anyone's mind for the trip

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  14. Perfectly written and beautifully clicked picture πŸ’•πŸŒΈ
    I'm glad you loved my state ❤

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  15. I felt like I just went for a short trip and came back ❤

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    1. That’s a lot to say!! Thank you! ❤️

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  16. Beautifully captured dost...❤️
    I could actually live those moments πŸ€—...keep going!!

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  17. Stunned by beautiful scenery..

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  18. Woo-hoo mohnisha Amazing write Up 😍😍😍 and the pictures are too good as usual ❤πŸ’―

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  19. Beautiful pictures ❤
    Great work Monish.

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  20. Hey, well done! You've written such a well thought informative piece.😍🀩
    And the pictures are just wow.. great job!
    Btw what kind of high did you experience?πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you Ashir!! 😁❤️
      Well all kinds of high! πŸ˜‹

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  21. Have heard of Kasol, never been there .
    You have taken me for a soul searching trip thanks

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    1. Haha, thank you for the beautiful words! :)

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