A village at the far end of the Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh, the village of Tosh is situated at a height of 7874 feet above sea-level (2400 m). A four-hour bumpy ride from Bhuntar in a local bus leads one to Bharsheni which is the last stop on the bus route to the Parvati Valley. Tosh is located a further three kilometers uphill from Bharsheni.

To reach Tosh there is an option of taking a taxi which is a half an hour journey or to walk to the village via steps located opposite a Shiva temple. The walk takes 90 minutes along a winding road that is easy to walk along. To enter the village one has to walk over a wooden bridge.

There are guest houses near the entrance and the far end of the village. A reason for this is the fact that tourism is a new factor in Tosh. There is budget accommodation in the village with each room having a tandoor to keep visitors warm. The guest houses have a common wash room.

There are cafes in the village with pizza and sandwich available; as the food caters to foreign tourist who visit the village the cost of food is very high and limited in choice. The visitors who come to Tosh are mostly backpacker from Israel, UK and Italy.

The houses in the village are mostly made of wood and have slate roofs; there are also a few modern houses with tar roofs that are coming up. In Tosh, there are home stays available but they are few in number.

The people of Tosh in Himachal Pradesh are mostly farmers and practitioners of animal husbandry, most people cultivate apples and hashish in the village. The drug is a main source of income for the people, and it is common for locals to offer hashish (hash) to visitors. There are a couple of shops in the village but they close before sun down.

There is a temple of Jamdagni Rishi at the centre of the village which is opened only once a year during either the month of January or February. There is a long verandah in the temple building from which the snow-capped Himalayas can be seen.

In the compound of the temple children play cricket in the evenings. There is a primary school in the village. The older children however, have to go to school in Bharsheni. The snow-fall in winter is very heavy due to which people stay indoors for three to four months.

A walk through the village is a pleasant trail through apple fields and green pastures. Since, Tosh is fast becoming a hub for backpackers many trance and psychedelic parties are organised there by the foreigners there deep in the woods.

Tosh is a village with scenic beauty and ideal for meditation, peace and calm. However, Tosh is not a great place for families to visit.

 

73 Responses

  1. Rajat

    I visited there couple of days back. I must say this place is truly amazing.

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  2. AMRIT

    can we visit tosh in first week of july ??
    i am planning a stay in kasol from 1st – 10th july , is it fine or will there rain problem

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  3. AMRIT

    hi, me and my friends are planning a trip to tosh can u tell where can we get he popular hash brownies!!..

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  4. Issac

    Hi, We are planning(30-40 persons) for visit to Kasol from Ludhiana, will u pls suggest , about places near it to visit,

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    • Tlow.in

      Hey Issac Can you please send us your E-mail ID so we could send you a mail with the details

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  5. Yogesh

    1)Can someone suggest me some good places to live on tosh.

    2) Price of hash in tosh?
    Thanks.

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  7. Harsh Chandhok

    hi, i am planning a trip to kasol, tosh and malana from 8th to 12th of july from delhi….will it be nice to visit this time…and any good pointers you could give about these places would be great….

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  8. sheel khandelwal

    Is visiting kasol,tosh,manala a good idea around 15th to 20th july?

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  9. Indronil

    Hey!!!
    I’m a planning a weekend trip to Tosh, will it accessible in second week of Feb or we should stay at Kasol only??

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  10. muli

    WOWWWW
    I actually shed a tear!
    The pictures is from a guesthouse that nowdays called “pinky didi”
    I actually lived there for a month!
    One of the greatest experience i have had!
    I stayed in the room that in your picture!
    Miss this place so much! The children and the owner…

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  11. ajeet

    nice article…i’ll be going on 2nd October, is that right time…what do you think…

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  12. Armand

    Finally i quit my regular job, now this is the kind of place that I was looking to backpack to. nice write up I can’t wait to reach Tosh 😁

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  13. rouge

    thanks for the info…me and my friends are planning to go to tosh from a hired car, may be in end of may or june..
    so please suggest a room or hotel with attached washroom…not too far away from the main village..

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  14. Raj Vora

    Also, are there any other places you would recommend for a solo trip for 4 days from mumbai? (Period is july 26-29 or aug 15-18)

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  15. Raj Vora

    Hey. M planning to visit tosh for solo travel trip in july 26-29 or aug 15-18. Which would be the best time? how much cold will it be? Is veg food available there?

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  16. Raj Vora

    Hi. I loved reading your article on Tosh and I think I’m settling on it for my solo trip. I’m planning to go either from july 26-29 or aug 15-18. Which is the best period to go and how cold will it be there? How do you travel from delhi?

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    • sherwin rebello

      May is the best time to be there. Your dates for august are a better pick. Nights will be around 6-9°C. From Delhi take a bus to Bhuntur and from Bhuntur a bus to Barsheni

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  17. alybaik

    Thank you Sherwin for the info.

    I want to plan my trip on June 15th. I think plants will be ripe, but not fully ripe. Just perfect for hand rubbing. Don’t you think so too?

    I’ve heard that best genetics are in Malana Valley & around Tosh village. Am I correct?
    I know I could buy plenty of ready made hash over there, but I also believe that half of the fun is in rubbing the plants yourself.

    I’ve watch Strain Hunters’ India Expedition, and man, that was wild!
    Well, as Franko said, “rubbing in the Himalaya is KING”.

    It’ll be a first for me, but I’m looking forward to being there next summer.

    See you guys there…

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      • alybaikBaik

        Thank you Sherwin for the info.

        I want to plan my trip on June 15th. I think plants will be ripe, but not fully ripe. Just perfect for hand rubbing. Don’t you think so too?

        I’ve heard that best genetics are in Malana Valley & around Tosh village. Am I correct?
        I know I could buy plenty of ready made hash over there, but I also believe that half of the fun is in rubbing the plants your self.

        I’ve watch Strain Hunters’ India Expedition, and man that was wild!
        Well, as Franko said, “rubbing in the Himalaya is KING”.

        It’ll be a first for me, but I’m looking forward to being there next summer.

        See you there…

      • sherwin rebello

        Mid June does sound like a good time to go there and you are correct about Malana having the best stuff in the whole valley. I hope you have a good trip.

      • Prashant

        Brother best time for a rub is preferably from end of August-early september. This is the time you find the buds with crystals to rub.
        Oh yeah this village La pass has some very good genetics as well.
        Malana is not the same as it was may be 5years back.
        You find mostly Mixed(nepali) stuff,you must really be a pro to know what suits you.
        Bom!

  18. aman

    hey, me and my friends are planning to visit tosh in the month of december…. will it be possible ?

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  19. michael Rad

    Hi i have a questions..:)
    i gone travel to india in the begining of the november month.
    Is that to late ..?? is it cold there in november..??
    can i still find some peace and som smoke there at this time of year…??

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    • sherwin rebello

      It will surely be winter in the Himalayas. But places like Kasol, Tosh and Pulga will still be easily accessable. You will find Hashish all over the place with ease. That’s the last thing to worry about while travelling to Tosh.

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  20. aman

    I seen all is very beautiful and stuff is very very good. I like malana and tosh. I like ksol and manikar sahib. I wish I go tosh soon . Have nice pleace

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  21. Shankar

    great article..! I am heading for tosh and pulga on 8th aug.. will stay for a couple of days and relax..maybe make some music. 🙂 thanks so much for your blog.!

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  22. Alberto Cruze

    This is a very well written article about Tosh and I was amazed that this site has covered all the neighboring villages in Parvati valley so well with detailed information about each and every backpacker village that there is. I am heading to Tosh in the month of August and I’m looking for some backpacking company so if anyone is heading to Parvati valley in August do let me know.

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    • disha

      me n my boyfrn r planning on 16th August-18thaug, hv u already gone fr Tosh? If not whn r u planning?

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  23. aditya pawar

    Hey i live in mumbai…what is the best time to go to this place and how much does it cost in terms of traveling and stay?? for about 4 to 5 days…could you please help with this

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  24. Dhruv

    yeah.. you can visit boomshiva cafe, at the far end. Great environment and good quality of hash as well

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  25. Deep

    This place is heaven he you like traveling fun and getting stoned 🙂 and 1 of the most holy places of India because of manikaran gurdawra parvati vally kheerganga the place of lord Shiva

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  26. Neto Berry

    A fried of mine from work suggested that I go through your blog since it helped him a lot for his travel to your country. I must say that you have described this place very well and the pictures are wonderful. My friend had told me that Tosh is a beautiful place and your pictures have proved the beauty of this simple Himalayan village. I would love to visit this village of Tosh if I i ever come to India. Thanks a lot

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  27. Albert west

    I heard about Tosh the village from a friend of mine who backpacked there a year ago and he told me that its a must visit place so I decided to have a look for myself and thats when i came across your post about this village and i must say you write up and pictures have left no doubt in my mind that this village is truly a place worth visiting. Very well written thanks a lot for helping me pin down one more place to travel to on my visit to India

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  28. sam

    i m a solo traveler planning to travel tosh
    need a good company there to discover something new

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  29. Katy Davis

    hey i am a solo female traveler, planning to make a trip to tosh on the first week of september…i am a little apprehensive about the safety…is it safe for women unlike other places in India?? also are there decent places to stay in Tosh? I am not seeking for luxury…but private room with attached bathroom…please guide me. btw, your post was enjoyable!!!

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    • sherwin rebello

      Hey Katy the village of Tosh is very safe and so is the rest of the Parvati Valley. It is very different to the rest of India as its a totally different world, You will find plenty of solo female travelers in Tosh. There are plenty of very reasonable places to stay in Tosh but most have a common bathroom which is not too far from the rooms on rent and the bathrooms are very well maintained. You will surely find a self content room in motels like Pink Floyd and Shiva Mama which are at the far end of the village.

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    • Anonymous

      you’ll find a lot of pals thr… its awesome and you can travel. 🙂 and beat hashish in the world…. you’ll have y

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    • Anonymous

      It’s completely safe in India
      At this place, no-one would dare to touch you. It’s a holy place
      It’s also called as the lil Amsterdam of India

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  30. James

    It seems that this place, Tosh is not much developed but very peaceful and beautiul to pay a visit to. I like Indian food and Indian tourist places, always get to learn something new and everytime a new culture or tradition. This is what makes me like India so much, thanks for the share.

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  31. Jerry Smith

    this place Tosh sounds very good for someone like me who is a travel junkie and loves trance music. The place also looks very peaceful and perfect to party all night long.

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  32. Stella Wright

    I was in tosh a couple of youears back with a few friends of mine while we were traveling through India and your post about the place is exactly how it is and describes it very well. The pictures helped me relive my journey. Keep posting

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  33. Tim Ann

    Good Morning, I just stopped in to visit your site and thought I’d say I had a great visit.

    Reply

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