Anxiousness and Frustration kicked in. I comprehended; It was a time for a trip to Himalayas. I anticipated one of the reasons for this restlessness – an unfinished project. Leave everything, its time to go, I thought.
Unlike the previous trips, I wanted some secluded place to spend time with me. Each Himalayan State of India has a different character or, say, temperament. Uttarakhand, my favorite, has Garhwal and Kumaon regions, both has a touch of rough mountains with some beautiful valleys around. I prefer those for treks. J&K, said to be heaven on earth, was busy recovering from its own people’s malicious, hear-and-believe, agendas. I prioritize being alive rather then going in heaven (or hell, who knows). East was too far. The only budget option I was left with was – Devbhoomi Himachal Pradesh. Himalayan ranges in Himachal Pradesh are said to be one of the most beautiful, and well the most picturesque valley of India – Parvati Valley. I had decided the place; Spiti and Kaza was not feasible as I wanted to operate my MacBook (Well I advertised here; I have Mac not a Laptop though) and MacBook can’t be operated above 10,000 Feet above MSL.
Now, I would emphasize on my recommendation here – Please don’t book hotels when you want some solitude; Always go with Airbnb (www.airbnb.co.in and App, of course). They are penetrating Indian market at higher speed and many good options of homestays are there with them, especially in Himalayas.
One Month Later
Location: Lapas, Himachal Pradesh
Well, an unexplored village near Manikarn was going to be my home for next one week. It was a great experience. One of the greatest actually. The house was elevated above the road going to Tosh. It was an hour of trek. One wrong turn on trail and you are in jungle. I faced being lost (out of scope of our current discussion however). A small cozy room, window and lobby directly facing to Parvati valley, the only distant 24×7 voice of river flowing by, snow cladded peaks and Romeo, their pet dog. These were my family for those secluded days.
Places of Interest (Parvati Circuit): Kasol, Malana, Manikarn, Tosh and Kheerganga
Kasol: Mini Israel as they call it. Couple of minutes in town and you can spot many Israelis roaming around. Also known as Capital of Hippies, Kasol has many Cafes to try different cuisines. It is a great place if one wants to stay low and chill around. Falafel is a must try dish there; and King Falafel Café is one of the good places to have one. There’s also a local market where one can find Tshirts and other souvenir, or just strolling alongside the river can make your day.