Back-Pack-Go! (Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh)
The mountains have always been a great getaway for many travellers. But how often do you travel to the mountains, climb it, and sit in a natural hot water spring with a view of the glorious snow capped Himalayas? How often do you live in a local village in the middle of the mountains, sipping on your tea while staring at the gigantic Himalayas through your window pane? We know your answer. This trip is gonna have it all. Don’t think twice and pack those bags. We’re going to the hills.
Our journey begins in the capital (We can help you with travel assistance from Bom-Del-Bom). Assemble at the Kashmere Gate bus stop at 6:00pm. We board our bus to Bhuntar. Goodbye traffic, goodbye families, and probably (hopefully), goodbye cellphone reception for a week.
We will reach Bhuntar early next morning from where we shall commute to the picturesque Pulga, a hilltop village nestled in the arms of a range of snow capped mountains. Settle into our home stay. We'll take the rest of the day to explore the beautiful woodside hamlet.
We are going into the misty mountainside forest! Nothing we say can describe the pristine untouched pinewood wonderland. If the moment suggests, a campfire will sort the scene. A visit to the neighbouring villages of Kalga and Tosh is part of our agenda. We'll dine in one of the little cafés in the village.
Today's the big day! We trek to the glorious hot springs of Kheerganga. We will be crossing tiny streams, cafes and grazing lands of sheep. The trek will test you. We should get there before sunset. After being assigned our rooms, we can take a dip in the natural hot springs. Mind you, the switch in temperature can make you feel dizzy. But the experience of lazing in a pool of hot water while staring at the Himalayas is quite surreal. Stay the night on the top of the world.
Explore the global village at Kheerganga. Meet people from all over the globe. Chill at the cafés, go beyond the hot springs and if we're lucky, witness live music scenes. We stay another night at the summit. A night filled with music, ghost stories and stargazing.
After breakfast we trek down from Kheerganga and make our way back to Pulga where we pick up our luggage from. We head to the bustle of Kasol by evening. Check into our hotel rooms. Trust us, you're gonna need some rest. Dinner in K-Town.
In Kasol everything can be explored on foot. Chalal; a small village across the river and Manikaran; yet another hot spring(say whaaat?) in a gurudwara are the nearby attractions. Kasol is also a great place for getting a tattoo and yoga classes. The Parvati river runs right across Kasol. If you have the patience, we can go down to the river and do some fishing. We’ll find a nice cafe and have dinner together.
This is our last day in Himachal. You will have the day at leisure. Go shopping for those jholas, harem pants and jewellery that you’ve always wanted to from Himachal. We board our bus for Bhuntar in the afternoon. Take an overnight bus back to New Delhi. Make the most of this night since we might not be seeing each other again. (aww damn)
Reach Delhi early in the morning. Say buh-bye to your new friends and return to everyday life in the city.
Accommodation in cosy, rustic and comfortable homestays with decent amenities on a double or triple sharing basis.
Internal transport in Parvati Valley.
Two meals a day i.e. breakfast and dinner.
All activities as per itinerary.
Visits to places as per itinerary.
Any expenses of personal nature.
Visit to any place not listed in the itinerary.
A well-equipped first-aid kit and experienced operator will be available.
In case of cancellations on or after 8th Apr 2017 and on or before 14th Apr 2017, Rs 8,000 will be deducted.
In case of cancellations on or after 15th Apr 2017 and on or before 21st Apr 2017, Rs 12,000 will be deducted.
In case of cancellations on the day of departure, no refund shall be admissible.