The next day, I decided to head to Tosh. To go to Tosh, you can again take a taxi or a bus till Barsheini and a shared taxi from there. I found the latter a better option as it was cheap. Mind you, Barsheini is also the point from where you can begin your trip to Kheerganga! Along the way till Barsheini, we encountered very thin roads where my heart skipped a beat, but the cool winds blowing and the views were worth it. Tosh is at a height of 2,400 meters where as Kasol is at a height of 1,580 meters. So the temperature and air just gets cooler as you go top. From Barsheini, I took a shared taxi with 10 others and at a cheap price of ₹40/- per person.
Tosh is a very small village which is surrounded by snow clapped mountains and the higher you hike the greater the view. At the top, there’s tosh glacier but you need to trek for that. I stayed at Pink Floyd Café which is quite famous in Tosh. The view from my room was heavenly. All you could see was the snow clapped mountains, the tall deodar trees, the Tosh waterfalls which looked so tiny because of the height. And you knew you were at a great height, when the birds flew below you! Ah, what a tiny slice of heaven it was. Combine it with some Maggi and chai and you could definitely taste heaven. Even at such a great height the café has non-vegetarian options too. And tried and tested, they are delicious!
There’s not much to do around here. When I went to the café most of the people were stoned and happily chilling. Everyone seemed very friendly. You could just sit there and they would strike up a conversation with you. There were people from all over the world. One could see trippy pictures and Bob Marley’s pictures too and understand the influence of him there. After all, everybody knows what Kasol and Tosh are famous for its hashish production. For adrenaline junkies, you can make the Kheerganga trek and spend the night here in Tosh.
The next day, we came back to Kasol. After having the last lunch in Kasol at Jim Morrison’s, I took a bus from Bhuntar till Delhi!
The only thing you need to take care of while coming here is carry warm clothes as the nights are chilly here even during summer season. I visited in May and the night temperature fell to 8 degree Celsius and with rain on top of that it got even more cold!
This place is meant for everyone. From adrenaline junkies to stoners, solo trippers, couples or your gang! It is a picture perfect place, a place from somewhere in dreamland. The gigantic mountains, the deodar trees, the Parvati valley with the continuous flowing River Parvati and River Beas, the chilly and fume free and dust free wind, Maggi, momos and chai, cuisines that range from Indian, Italian, Chinese, Israeli, Continental and more, the trippy plant, the generous and friendly folks and so much more! While I was heading back to city of software engineers, I understood why people come to spend a few days in Kasol and end up staying for Months! With that I promised myself to go back again someday soon. When are you planning to head there? Happy tripping :)