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Location: New Delhi

Day 1 - 16 Nov 2020

Indira Gandhi International Airport

New Delhi, Indira Gandhi International Airport
New Delhi, Indira Gandhi International Airport

Content: I arrived at the New Delhi Airport around 6 PM. The best part about the Delhi Airport is that the metro is linked to the Airport which is so convenient and economical. I took the metro from the Airport to the Kashmere Gate metro station for my onward journey to Himachal Pradesh. Metro Fare: Roughly around INR 80 From the Metro station, I walked towards the bus stand. (If you have luggage, you can just take a 🛺 for around INR 50)

Kashmere Gate

New Delhi, Kashmere Gate

Content: We booked an overnight bus to Manali (which goes via Chandigarh) from Redbus. Bus fare: 850-1250 (prices vary as per the season) Duration: Around 14h I’d say the journey wasn’t the best as the roads were bumpy and it wasn’t comfortable at all. I’d suggest booking a semi-sleeper or sleeper where the seats are comfortable at least.

Location: Sonipat

Day 1 - 16 Nov 2020

Sonipat

Sonipat, Sonipat
Sonipat, Sonipat

Content: This was our first stop for quick dinner and toilet break. Sonipat area has quite a lot of hygienic dhabas where you can have your dinner or just grab snacks for the bus journey. I had a paratha and my friend got masala tea for himself. The stop is usually for 30-45 mins, so make sure you get back on the bus on time.

Location: Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Day 2 - 17 Nov 2020

manali bus stand road

Manali, Himachal Pradesh, manali bus stand road

Content: After a long journey of about 14h, we finally arrived in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Manali is a famous hill station of northern India and attracts thousands of both local and international tourists every year. The bus had dropped us to the Manali bus stand which is on the right side of the main road. You can either take a taxi to your hotel (if you’ve got luggage) or just walk to the hostel (like we did)

Location: Old Manali

Day 2 - 17 Nov 2020

Farm Hostel and Camps ( Cafe Meraki)

Old Manali, Farm Hostel and Camps ( Cafe Meraki)
Old Manali, Farm Hostel and Camps ( Cafe Meraki)

Content: Our hostel was around 3 kms from the bus stand. It is a backpacker friendly hostel and the hosts are really friendly and humble. (Previously it was Antarctica Guest House & Hostels. They’ve recently closed down the old hostel and opened a new place just 800 m away) After checking-in to our room, we stepped out for a walk.

Old Manali

Old Manali, Old Manali
Old Manali, Old Manali
Old Manali, Old Manali
Old Manali, Old Manali
Old Manali, Old Manali

Content: We casually walked around the Old Manali area and enjoyed the pleasant winter sun.

Location: Manu Temple

Day 2 - 17 Nov 2020

Manu Temple, Old Manali

Manu Temple, Manu Temple, Old Manali

Content: This place has a distinct historical background and it is dedicated to the sage Manu, who is said to be the creator of the world and the writer of Manusmriti. Note: The travelers are advised to wear dresses covering the knees and shoulders, while inside the temple.

Location: Old Manali

Day 2 - 17 Nov 2020

Cafe Kathmandu

Old Manali, Cafe Kathmandu

Content: We found a nice little cafe located along the riverside near the Old Manali Bridge. We had ordered Dal fry with Rice and Chowmein noodles. The chowmein noodles weren’t that great but the dal fry was pretty good and filling for the two of us. After dinner, we walked back to our room to rest as we were still exhausted from the bus journey.

Location: Manali

Day 3 - 18 Nov 2020

Satyam Pure Veg Restaurant

Manali, Satyam Pure Veg Restaurant
Manali, Satyam Pure Veg Restaurant

Content: After ample rest, we freshened up and went to the Mall road area to get some breakfast. We went to a pure vegetarian restaurant. We ordered Aloo Paratha and tea. The food was decent.

Mall Road

Manali, Mall Road

Content: We walked around the mall road area and checked out different shops selling local handmade products and souvenirs.

Location: Hadimba Temple

Day 3 - 18 Nov 2020

Hadimba Devi Temple

Hadimba Temple, Hadimba Devi Temple
Hadimba Temple, Hadimba Devi Temple

Content: Then we walked towards the Hadimba Devi Temple. The temple is built around a cave and is surrounded by a Cedar forest.

Location: Vashisht

Day 3 - 18 Nov 2020

Jogini Falls

Vashisht, Jogini Falls
Vashisht, Jogini Falls
Vashisht, Jogini Falls
Vashisht, Jogini Falls
Vashisht, Jogini Falls

Content: We then set off for a short hike towards Vashisht village which has the Jogini waterfall just few kms away. We stopped by the Beas river for 10-15 mins to click some pictures. From Vashisht Temple, the hike to Jogini Falls is around 3 kms through a forest trail. It is not a flat path and it has some steep hills and steps in order to access it. Depending on the season, the trail could be muddy and dangerous so make sure you’re wearing the right shoes. After the hike, we walked back to our hostel and ate dinner there.

Location: Solang Valley

Day 4 - 19 Nov 2020

Solang Valley

Solang Valley, Solang Valley
Solang Valley, Solang Valley
Solang Valley, Solang Valley
Solang Valley, Solang Valley

Content: After breakfast at the hostel, we proceeded towards Solang Valley - Snow Valley. It is famous for hosting various winter adventure sports like skiing, parachuting, paragliding, trekking, and mountaineering. This place is usually crowded during peak winter seasons as it is a popular destination for people wanting to experience winter activities. Taxi Fare to Solang Valley: INR 850-1K Activities: Skiing: INR: 600 Paragliding: INR 1250 Snow Scooter: INR: 1300 Zorbing: INR 500 Horse Riding: INR 850-1000 After a fun-filled day, head back to hostel.

Location: Parvati Valley

Day 5 - 20 Nov 2020

Manali Bus Depot

Parvati Valley, Manali Bus Depot

Content: On day 5, we decided to head towards the Parvati Valley. After breakfast we went to the bus stand to board the earliest bus heading towards Kasol.

Location: Kasol

Day 5 - 20 Nov 2020

Kasol

Kasol, Kasol

Content: It took us almost 5h to get to Kasol from Manali. Kasol is tiny hill station in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, and is famous among foreign tourists and young travellers for its hippie culture. Distance: 75 kms Bus fare: INR 180

Homestay

Kasol, Homestay

Content: This town has many backpacker hostels, luxury hotels and decent guest houses. We decided to stay with a friend’s family which was just 800m away from the bus stop area. Dorm: INR 350-400 Private room(in a guest house): INR 650 - 800

Kasol

Kasol, Kasol
Kasol, Kasol
Kasol, Kasol
Kasol, Kasol
Kasol, Kasol

Content: We then set out to explore the town. It is located on the banks of Parvati River and surrounded by snow capped mountains. It is also known as the mini Israel, as it has Israeli influence. You’ll find good Israeli food around this town too. Kasol has quite a few streetside cafes which serve delicious food, and the experience of sitting and enjoying a meal amidst the dark green forests and the awe-inspiring mountains make the meal even more enjoyable. We had vegetarian momos from a vendor and it was pretty good 👍🏼 Kasol has a flea market that sells a variety of items, so you can pick up trinkets, souvenirs, handmade woolens, pendants, and even semi-precious stones to take back home for family and friends. I got myself a woolen beanie from there. After walking around the town for couple hours, we decided to go back to our rooms and called it a night.

Location: Manikaran

Day 6 - 21 Nov 2020

Manikaran Hot Water Pool

Manikaran, Manikaran Hot Water Pool
Manikaran, Manikaran Hot Water Pool
Manikaran, Manikaran Hot Water Pool
Manikaran, Manikaran Hot Water Pool
Manikaran, Manikaran Hot Water Pool

Content: Next morning, we took a bus to Manikaran, which is considered as a sacred place for Hindu and Sikh believers and offers a perfect spiritual getaway for the city dwellers to find peace of their mind back again. Distance from Kasol: 4 kms Fare: INR 15 We walked around the town, clicked pictures of the hot springs and temples.

Location: Barshaini

Day 6 - 21 Nov 2020

Barshaini

Barshaini, Barshaini

Content: After exploring Manikaran, we waited on the main road for our next bus. We then hopped on the bus which was headed towards Barshaini. Distance: 13 kms Fare: INR 50 The bus ride was quite bumpy due to the terrible road conditions. The bus dropped us at the town Centre of Barshaini from where we started our hike towards the next town - Tosh.

Location: Tosh Valley

Day 6 - 21 Nov 2020

Tosh

Tosh Valley, Tosh
Tosh Valley, Tosh
Tosh Valley, Tosh
Tosh Valley, Tosh
Tosh Valley, Tosh

Content: Hike to Tosh Valley is pretty easy and is suitable for beginners. It is known best for its lush green valleys, snow-capped mountains, beautiful flora and fauna, breathtaking waterfalls, and enchanting gorges, makes it a splendid place for you to explore the scenic beauty of Himachal Pradesh. Distance: 3 kms Duration: 1 h (depending on your fitness level) Note: I’d suggest starting the hike as early as possible as the sun can get quite harsh during afternoon time.

Location: Tosh

Day 6 - 21 Nov 2020

Eye Sky Guest House and Cafe

Tosh, Eye Sky Guest House and Cafe

Content: After reaching Tosh, we decided to take a break for lunch. We had Paneer Butter Masala and Chapati for lunch and it was a rewarding and delicious lunch after that hike. Price: INR 250 (for two)

Location: Kutla

Day 6 - 21 Nov 2020

Kutla

Kutla, Kutla
Kutla, Kutla
Kutla, Kutla
Kutla, Kutla

Content: After a satisfying lunch, we went deeper into the valley towards our final destination of the day - Kutla. Kutla is a remote village located 3 kms away from Tosh and the only way to get there is by hiking. Getting to Kutla was the hardest as there were not many signboards, and not many locals around. The trail to Kutla starts getting steep after crossing the stream. Every time we saw someone around, we asked them for directions because at this point even our phones didn’t have any network signal. We somehow just followed some trail which eventually led us to in the middle of nowhere - and that’s where Kutla was! The landscape is blissfully pretty and incredibly serene. There were handful of people and homestays/campsites.

Homestay

Kutla, Homestay
Kutla, Homestay
Kutla, Homestay

Content: This village was raw, untouched and completely empty, as if we were the only ones visiting the village. There were only 2 homestays/guest houses which were running around that time of the year. We were exhausted from the hike and didn’t waste much time and decided to check-in to the first homestay we came across. Room Price: INR 400 (for two) A basic meal is provided by them upon request. Meal Price: 250 (for two) Note: • You might not get network signal here. • Toilets are outside the homestay building. • There’s electricity for only an hour or two max. • Carry a lighter backpack and keep yourself hydrated throughout.

Location: Kutla

Day 7 - 22 Nov 2020

Barshaini

Kutla, Barshaini
Kutla, Barshaini
Kutla, Barshaini

Content: We started off early next day to hike back to Barshaini (the place where the bus dropped us) We stopped for a quick tea break and then continued descending. Our hostel friends from Manali took us to an ancient village located in the Parvati valley called Malana.

Location: Malana

Day 7 - 22 Nov 2020

Malana

Malana, Malana
Malana, Malana
Malana, Malana
Malana, Malana

Content: We reached Malana around around 2 PM. To reach the village, you have to climb up to the village which takes roughly 50 minutes depending upon your fitness level. The walk could get strenuous as it’s straight ascent after a certain point. Malana is known among travellers for its psychedelic parties and free-flowing hashish that originates from here. This village is inhabited by people living in self-imposed isolation and you get a real feel of culture when you visit this village. The people consider the outsiders as 'untouchables'. I was told to keep distance and not touch anything in the village. The shopkeepers will ask you to keep the money on the counter and place the goods on the counter, without any physical contact. You can do quite a few things here like camping at Magic Valley, hiking, bathing in hot springs. After exploring the village, we decided to head back to where we had parked our car. We went directly to the bus station as our trip was coming to an end.

Location: Kullu

Day 7 - 22 Nov 2020

Inter State Bus Terminal Sarvari Kullu

Kullu, Inter State Bus Terminal Sarvari Kullu

Content: After exploring the famous hill station and the Parvati Valley, it was time to bid goodbye to this gorgeous region. Himachal Pradesh has a lot to offer for adventure fanatics like me. So, no matter which season you plan on visiting, there’s always something to do. As Himachal Pradesh doesn’t have any airports nearby, we took the bus from Kullu bus station to Delhi. Hope you’ve found this Itinerary helpful and if you do plan on visiting, do holla at me 👋🏼 Cheers! 😊