Parvati Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for its hippie culture as well as because it is a paradise for trekkers.
Kasol is the most visited town in the valley by Indians as well as foreigners. It has everything in itself from the Israeli cuisine to momos, apples to hippie things. There are many famous cafes like Cafe Sunshine, Cafe Evergreen, German Bakery and many more that serve delicious Israeli cuisine as well as Indian food. The best place to eat momos is at Shambo Momo stall.
The second most visited place in Parvati Valley is Kheerganga. It is a 13 km trek that passes through tall and long pine trees. It is famous for its hot sulphur water springs. After hiking, travellers take a dip in hot springs while having a breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains. Tent stay is the best part of the Kheerganga experience.
There are two small hamlets in Parvati Valley which are still not explored much like Kalga and Pulga. Kalga also serves as a starting point for the Kheerganga hike. And Pulga is a three km small trek from Bharsheni. The villages are famous for wooden houses and the Fairy Forest as well as for their greenery.
There are also some small treks and trails in Parvati like Tosh and Chalal. These treks are easy. Chalal can be reached by foot and is a beautiful trail along the Parvati River There are plenty of guesthouses where one can have a pleasant stay. There are many options to eat in these places as well. Snicker chapati, as well as pizza, are famous in Tosh.
Parvati Valley has many secrets in it like the ‘Village of Taboos’ or Malana where they have their own set of rules and their own government system. It is prohibited to touch anything in the village and sometimes they don’t interact with outsiders. The village is famous for its quality Hashish.
Manikaran or Manikaran Sahib is a religious place in Parvati Valley. There is a Gurudwara with hot springs, here. Many pilgrims take a dip in the hot springs.
Yolo Camping located eight kms before Kasol is the best campsite in Parvati Valley. Located near the Parvati River, it is a beautiful campsite with all amenities. The site is full of apple trees and one can just pluck and have a bite of the fruit. There is delicious cuisine by Chef Rooplal as well as a Husky named Ice.
There are some difficult and long treks in Parvati Valley like the Pin Parvati trek, Sar Pass treks. All these treks are usually longer than six days and need some level of mountaineering courses to be attempted.
The valley has a lot to offer and every nook and corner is full of a new marvel of nature.
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