If you are searching for an off-beat trek to a peaceful village through a beautiful valley surrounded by lush greenery, with a beautiful and serene stream flowing on one side throughout the trek and snowcapped mountains in the distance.. then this trek is defenitely for you. GRAHAN Village Trek. I heard about this village from a friend I met at The Hosteller, Kasol. It's not as lengthy as Kheerganga and I hear most people prefer going there but this place gives you more peace of mind, if you want more exclusivity. It's not a very popular trek yet so beautiful and serene. You might find maybe around 30-40 tourists in total, which is just perfect for someone who wants some people around but does not want it to be too crowded.
The trek starts from Kasol and it takes anywhere from 2.5 hours to 5 hours depending on the pace at which you trek. I moved at a decent pace without many stops and was able to reach Grahan in less than 4 hours. The trek is moderate and you defenitely don't need a guide for this as the path is clearly marked. The route is clear and you can find 'X' marked throughout the trek to signify that you're on the right path. I really love rivers, streams, waterfalls etc. This trek takes you through some beautiful spots to sit back n enjoy nature and click some beautiful snaps on the way. Halfway through the trek, you can see snowcapped mountains in the distance which is something else I love. There are two pitstops along the way where you can have your chai, Maggi, omelettes and more.
Once you're past halfway, the trek starts to get steep and narrow. I hear it get very tricky if it rains and thankfully there was no rain on the trek up. At about 3/4th of the trek, you could find a board which gives you directions to reach Grahan and there are two options. One is 'easy' route and the other is the 'thorough' route. The former is what I chose since I didn't know how difficult the other one is, although I was told that it's a lot steeper and rockier than the easy route. Once you reach the top, man oh man.. it's so beautiful with some empty land, couple of houses, and some camp sites. I had not arranged any stay earlier, so I just asked around for a room. People up there are so friendly and welcoming to tourists.
So first, you reach this open land where there are campsites, which is the touristy side of Grahan. Once you move to the Village, you'll find that it's so laid back and peaceful up there. People ask if you need rooms for the night and you can just enquire with anyone to get the room you like and they'll happily help you out. I got a room for Rs. 400 at a locals house, called Thanu's place. The room was decent and spacious enough for two or three. They have 3 rooms in total and a common area for you to chill. There was also a beautiful cafe right next to it where you can have some nice food, sit back and relax. You get decent accommodation here far from any luxuries. You can see the room before you take it.