Kasol is the Himalayan Hotspot for Backpackers
Arrive at Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station if you are traveling by train or at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). If you wish to travel to Kasol by bus, take a Taxi, Rick or Metro to Kashmere Gate.(Kashmere Gate ISBT has a Bus Terminal operating buses to many states) If you are a group, you may take a private vehicle to go to Kasol. Delhi to Kasol by road is 511 kms and it takes around 13/14 hours.
Start your journey in the evening so that you can reach Kasol the next morning.
Pre-book your Hotel in Kasol.
Recommended Hotel - Hotel Suma Ropa 99
Day 1 - Kasol
Check-in the hotel. Post lunch you may explore the beautiful banks of Parvati Valley and also enjoy a short hike in the forest. In the evening, explore the local market of Kasol - The Flea Market which has many unique yet colorful items specially the Dream catchers, Pendants, Silver Oxidized Jewelries and essentials like Sweaters, Jackets, Gloves & Socks to keep you warm.
Day 2 - Grahan Village
Post breakfast, get ready to trek through the dense forest alongside Parvati Valley. Its a 9kms trek which will take about 4 - 5 hours.
Grahan village is the most charming place from April to December. It is at a height of 2,347 m. It is known to be the home for Israelite's. Many backpackers trek to Grahan for a weekend getaway. Throughout the 9 km you will be accompanied by the streams of Parvati Valley. If you start the trek in the morning, you will arrive at Grahan by late afternoon.
Upon arrival, Check-in the home-stay or tent. My personal recommendation would be spending the night in the home stay. Post tea and snacks, explore the small yet beautiful village of Grahan.
There are only 50 houses in the village with a population of 350 people. The houses are over 200 years old made of wood. These people are not aware of most of the comfort that the world has.
Recommended Guesthouse - Krishna Guesthouse
Day 3 - Grahan Waterfall
Post breakfast, get ready to trek for another 4 km to the Grahan Waterfall. I'm sure in life we might have been to several waterfalls however, this one is outstanding. The lush greenery, pure air and huge mountains around is definitely a tranquil experience. Before you leave in the morning, make sure to pack a snack since there are no cafe in the village.
Post lunch, its time to trek back to the village. The rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 4 - Kasol
This will be the final morning in Grahan Village. Post breakfast, it's time to trek down the hill. As easy as it seems, I'm sure the only thing that will be in your mind throughout the entire trek, Why did this trip end so soon?
With loads of memories and tears in your eyes, you will arrive at Kasol.
Buses are available on daily basis. You may either stay in Kasol for a night or travel back to Delhi.
Michelle Pascal Dsouza
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