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  The Parvati Valley      

   
 

Parvati Valley is situated in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. From the confluence of the Parvati River with the River Beas, the Parvati Valley runs eastwards, through a steep-sided valley from the town of Bhuntar, in the Kullu valley.
Manali and Parvati Valley have recently transformed into hubs for backpackers, who are attracted to the scenic valley, untouched hills, low budget travel and great climate. It is a base for many known treks in the area, to Sar Pass, Yanker Pass, ManTalai, Pin Parbati Pass and KheerGanga; and a base for roadtrip into Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti. Many hikes as well to the new age 'tourist' villages - Vashisht, Kasol, Naggar, Malana, Chalaal, Rashol, Tosh, Kalga and Pulga.
On this trip, we start at Manali, get close to nature with a hike to a waterfall in the pristine forests around Vashisht. Start the second day with a bit of a headrush, paragliding in the Solang Valley and then into the Parvati Valley at Kasol. After a night stay at the scenic Tosh village, we trail through thick pine forests to Kheerganga, a meadow at 2960m where Shiva is said to have meditated for 3000 years. The hot springs at Khirganga are extremely important for Hindu and Sikh pilgrims as well as many others who believe the waters have sacred healing properties.

Trip Highlights:
- Paragliding in Manali.
- Hike to the Jogini waterfall in Vashisht.
- One night at Tosh, pristine village in the Parvati Valley.
- Long hikes through the pristine forests and villages of the Parvati Valley.
- Visit KheerGanga, natural hot water spring and indulge in its medicinal waters.
- Explore and experience Kasol, a hub for backpackers and adventure seekers.

 

Kheerganga in the Parvati Valley
 

 
  Itinerary:    

   
 
Day 1: Delhi - Manali
(Distance: 560 km, Travel Time: 12-14 hrs,
Elevation: 2,050m/6,726ft)
 
Departure from New Delhi in the evening on board a Deluxe Coach. Overnight bus journey to Manali.
 
Day 2: In Manali
 
Arrival at Manali early morning. Transfer to guest house and relax after the journey. In the afternoon we head to Vashisht, a small settlement near Manali where we hike to the beautiful Jogini waterfall. Back to our guest around sunset and the rest of the evening at leisure.
 
Day 3: Manali - Kasol
(Distance: 75km; Travel Time: 2-3 hrs)
 
Pack our bags post breakfast and head drive to the Solang Valley where we start our day with paragliding. After a morning of adventure, we drive into the Parvati Valley to Kasol, a small settlement and a little hub for backpackers. Rest of the day at leisure in Kasol.
 
Day 4: Kasol - Tosh
(Distance: 18km by road/2km hike; Travel Time: 2-3 hrs; )
 
After a relaxed morning in Kasol, we drive further into the Parvati Valley to Tosh, a beautiful scenic village accessible by a short walk from the nearest road head. Arrival in Tosh by around lunch time, rest of the day at leisure to either explore the village and interact with the friendly people or just sit back and enjoy the gorgeous view and sunset.
 
Day 5: Tosh - KheerGanga
(Distance: 14km hike; Travel Time: 6-7 hrs;
Elevation: KheerGanga – 2,960m / 13,051ft)
 
We walk by the road from Tosh to Barshaini, a small village in the valley which is where we start the hike in the forest. We cross the village of Nakthan and the temple of Rudra Nag, both ideal places to take short breaks on the way to KheerGanga which is where we spend the night in very basic tented accomodation.
 
Day 6: KheerGanga
 
Spend the day exploring the pristine forests of the Parvati Valley around KheerGanga, including a dip in the Hot Water Springs known for its medicinal properties. Around KheerGanga are forest trails leading up to the famous MaanTalai and Pin Parvati treks and a famous meditation cave. The experience of laying in natural steaming hot water and taking in the view of the surrounding snow peaks in itself is an unforgettable experience!
 
Day 7: KheerGanga - Barshaini - Manikaran - Kasol
(Distance: 12km hike, 16km/2km by road; Travel Time: 6-7 hrs;
Elevation: Kasol: 2,050m/6,726ft)
 
Depart from KheerGanga around noon time to reach Barshaini before sunset. From here we drive back to Kasol with the option to stop at Manikaran to visit the Gurudwara and Hot Springs along the way.
 
Day 8: Kasol - Departure
 
A relaxing day in Kasol after the KheerGanga experience, option to hike to the nearby village of Chalaal early morning. Departure post lunch to catch the evening coach from Bhuntar. Overnight bus journey back to Delhi.
Also have the option to extend the trip with more explorations around the Parvati Valey or Manali.
 







 
 
 
 
 
  Package and Pricing    
 
8 days / 8 nights - ex-Delhi - INR 15,800/- per person
(inclusive of Delhi-Manali-Delhi journey by deluxe coach)

7 days/6 nights - backpacker plan - INR 13,500/- per person
(start in Manali and end at Bhuntar)

Inclusions:
 
- Accommodation on twin share in comfortable guest houses in Manali and Kasol.
- Accomodation in village lodges at Tosh.
- Accomodation in simple camps at Kheerganga.
- Paragliding in Manali.
- Day excursion to Vashisht Temple, Hot Springs and Jogini Falls.
- Transfers by road from Manali to Kasol.
- Local village mountain guides for the Kheerganga hike.
- Volvo coach journey from Delhi - Manali and back (if opted).
- Pick ups and drops for arrival and departure.
- Trip leader for the entire duration of the trip.
   
Exclusions:
- Any Airfare.
- Any meals.
- Extra supplements for single occupancy.
- Cost of hiring mules or porters for the Kheerganga hike.
- Personal expenses like laundry, telephone and fax calls, alcoholic beverages, medical expenses, gratuities etc.
 
- Any Insurance
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
 
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