If I ask about Kasol, you will probably be aware of it, but if I ask about the Parvati Valley, then most of you will give a strange look?
Kasol, Grahan, Chalal, Kalga, and other neighboring places are part of the Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh.
The beautiful River Parvati originates from the ManTalai Glacier and later mixes into the Beas River. On its way it’s the source of water for many Himachal Helmets, and beautifying the Valley to an extreme level.
Parvati Valley has various things to offer, including beautiful Villages on high altitude, waterfalls, lush greenery, deep forest of Pine Trees, challenging treks, and a lot much else.
Due to much popularity, few places like Kaosl get completely commercialized, but they are few. Most of the other areas are still untouched with any bad effects of civilization.
Himachal and Uttrakhand have various beautiful mountain peaks, but the Parvati Valley has its own aura, which is unique and rare. It just forces you not to leave the place. You will find so many people, especially Foreigners, who came here for the first time and never return.
That’s why many parts of the Parvati Valley are considered as Mini Izrail because you will find several places of Israelies who are living here for years and never willing to leave the place.
The season of summer attracts most of the Foreign Tourists, and the entire Parvati Valley gets filled with Israelis and other foreign tourists.
Tourists Attractions In Parvati Valley
Every part of the Valley has its own unique beauty to offer. The Valley meets all kinds of peoples like Tourists, travelers, backpackers.
During summer and New Year, it transforms entirely and becomes much crowded.
Israelis and Other Foreign Tourists:
As I mentioned above that many areas of the Valley are famous as Mini Israelis because it is their favorite destination. Especially during summer because of the excellent weather.
But the main reason they like this place is because they can easily trade and smoke good hashish here without much restrictions and worries.
Most of the Villages and popular tourist locations are inspired by hippie culture. Psycadics parties are quite often in the Jungle and some cafes.
The Valley is also a favorite spot for long term Travellers and backpackers. They came and stayed here for an extended period of time, and travel to every possible area.
Parvati Valley has various intermediate and advanced levels of mountain peaks like Grahan, Magic Valley, Kheerganga, Pin Parbati, Sir Pass, etc. So as the winter ends and snow started to clear from the path, trekkers began to visit the Valley.
Short Term Tourists:
Parvati Valley is easily accessible from Delhi and Chandigarh, so people from these places frequently visit the Valley for a short period to get escaped from the city hustle-bustle.
Weather In Parvati River
During the summer and Spring, the Valley witnesses the most comfortable weather of the year with lush greenery all around. The days will be sunny but not too hot, and the night will not be too chilly.
During this time, all of the high altitude trek routes become clear from the snow and easy to access.
It’s the most tricky time to come here because of the heavy rainfall, good chances of land sliding, muddy roads, and traffic issues. Especially if you are visiting for the first time or do not have any experience of trekking, then please avoid visiting this place in Monsoon. If you are ok with all of the negative consequences of the Monsoon and aware of possible risks, then you can come during the Monsoon.
This is the time when the locals prepare themselves for the upcoming winter months. It’s an excellent time to visit the palaces as it is less crowded and this is the season of the apple. So you can see the Apple’s gardens filled with juicy apples.
October To February is the winter season, but October to November will not be as cold as they will be in December to February.
From October to November, there will be a little dip in the temperature during nights, but it is bearable. Snow starts in the high altitude areas, but the lower regions stay untouched from the snow.
But post-November Valley witnesses heavy snowfall on a regular basis, especially in January because it is the coldest month of the year. This is a perfect time to see the entire Valley covered in the white snow.
But trekking becomes difficult; especially the high altitude points become impossible to reach. The nights become chilly, the temperature on the high altitude points can get down to minus 5 to 10 degrees depending on the place.
The water pipelines get a freeze on the high altitude villages, which causes the problem of water supply as well as due to the heavy snow; it also slows down commerce.
Best Time To Visit Parvati Valley
I have been to the Parvati Valley many times and seen the Valley in each season except Monsoon.
In my experience, the best time to visit the place is Spring and summer because of the comfortable weather conditions throughout the day. As well as all the treks will open and so there is much you can do.
The second most ideal time to visit is Post Monsoon, September to November when the Valley will be less crowded, and this is the Apple season so that you can see the Apple Gardens filled with juicy apples.
How To Reach Parvati Valley
Parvati Valley is situated along with the flow of the Parvati River. There are various beautiful villages, waterfalls, treks and much else which you can encounter in this region. You can easily reach here by Road, Air, and Rail.
According to me, the best way to reach the place is by Bus or your own vehicle.
- Nearest Airport: Kullu Airport
- Nearest Railway Station: Joginder Nagar Railway Station
- Nearest Bus Stop: Bhuntar Bus Stop
From the Airport and Railway Station, you can find private taxis or cabs for your further journey.
The Buntham Bus Stop is not much far from the Airport, so if you are coming from the Flight, then you can reach the Buntar Bus Stop from the Airport to get the Pubic Bus to reach the different destinations in the Parvati Valley.
From the Railway Station, you can find direct private cabs for your onward journey or can take a private taxi till Buntar bus stop to get Public bus services.
If you are coming from the Bus, then it will drop you at the Buntar Bus stop, so you don’t need to go anywhere else to find transportation for your further journey. You can find all kinds of transportation from the Buntar Bus Stop to commute locally in the Parvati Region.
Local Transportation In Parvati Valley
In Parvati Valley, you can get all modes of transportation, public busses, private cabs, and cars to reach one place to another.
At various locations, you can also find bike rental services from where you can hire a two-wheeler to commute in the area by yourself. The cost for the bike will warry bike to bike, but the minimum charges will be around 500 to 800 for 12 hours of rental.
Also, there are so many places in the Parvati Region that have no connectivity or any transportation, so you have to do trekking.
Places To Visit In Parvati Valley
From the Buntar Jari is the first destination on the way where you can stay to see the beautiful sight of river Parvati surrounded by mountains. Jari is the point from where you can go to Malna and Waichin Valley. From Jari you can follow the way to Malana by yourself, or can find private cabs. There is no public bus service for the Malana. On the way to Buntar to Kasol Jari is the only big marketplace where you can find everything you require for your further journey.
Malana is one of the most popular locations in the Parvati Region and famous for various reasons such as its best hashish in the world, Villagers consider themselves as the descendants of Alexander, and you can’t touch any belongings of Villagers and their temples.
Malana has his own language, lifestyle, and so many restrictions for the outsiders. The place has some very beautiful landscape views to offer, and from here, you can trek to Maichin Valley.
From the Malana, Waichin Valley is not much far, it’s just 4 Km of Trek, because there is no connectivity with the roads, so trekking is the only way to reach the Waichin.
It is situated at an altitude of 2700m, and because of the high altitude, it witnesses heavy rainfall, and for the majority of months, the valley remains covered in the snow.
Kasol is the Hotspot and most commercialized place of the Parvati Valley. Especially in recent years, it got much popularity and became the favorite tourist destinations for the peoples of Delhi and Chandigarh. It is situated on the bank of the Parvati River. Kasol has the biggest market in the entire Parvati Region and has everything to offer, such as Atm, wine shop, general shop, cafes, tour and travelers, etc. So if anyone requires cash, clothing, and other necessary things in the Parvati Valley, then he/she has to come to Kasol. Checkout My Kasol Itinerary
From the Kasol, Chalal is just 20 to 30 minutes of trek, and it’s best nearby alternate to Kasol if you want to avoid crowded Kaosl and want to stay much close to nature. It is much more peaceful than Kasol and situated on the side of the Parvati River. Chalal has various Riverside camps, so this place is also good for the peoples who want to spend few nights under the sky.
Rasol is a very small village with less than 100 houses and situated at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level. The way to Rasol goes through Chalal village, and from Kasol, Rasol is around 4 Km, and the trekking is the only way to reach the village.
If you follow the Path along the Parvati River further to the Chalal, you will reach the beautiful Katagal in around 40 minutes. In comparison to the Kasol and Chalal, Katagla is less explored by the Tourists. The village has few homestays where you can take shelter and have food.
Some Other Places in Parvati Valley
- Kalga, Pulga, Tulga
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