Places to stay near Barsheni Village Bus Stop
Reviews of Barsheni Village Bus Stop • 8
After embracing all that Kasol had to offer, we took a bus to Barsheni the next day, in order to go to Tosh, our next stop, however, we made a change of plans and went to a small village called Kalga instead. The bus leaves you at Barsheni, and from there on you have to trek about 3 kms to Kalga village. It's a small village on the mountain with stunning views of the valley, and peace.We stayed at Raju Bhaiya's homestay, for about 100 per person. It was truly homely, and the food was well cooked. There were a lot of other travelers, and it was here that we met Yachna and Rahul, who agreed to be our travel companions for the next day. We spent the night at Kalga, with the peace, and the quiet of the mountains, admiring the night, and singing songs at a bonfire that was lit up.
We sighed a sense of relief as soon as we reached the top and were lucky enough to get a room at a cheap price. Then at night, we went to a nearby cottage in pursuit of a bonfire. Bonfire, friends and a couple of strangers smoking together sharing different stories, what else a heart desires? We made a few friends that night, including ‘Superdogs’.
The next morning was bright, and we all woke up in order to start our journey early. The descent took lesser time and effort, although the slippery tracks did make it difficult. I met few kids selling apples on the way and absolutely loved their innocence and simplicity! I was surprisingly one of the group members who completed the trek the soonest, thanks to the great conversations, support, & bits of advice I was offered!
Alarm rang at five and I shook my brother thrice before he finally woke up. We freshened up and skipped the bathing routine because *Oh my Gawd Thand* and checked out from the inn. We were told that the local for Barsheni (which was the starting point of the trek) shall pass at 6:30 in the morning but the bus arrived around 8. We waited at the stop and played with the friendly dogs who probably came to us in hope of food (but we ourselves didn’t have any). We took the bus and reached Barsheni, admiring the views of the valley and snow-capped mountains all through the journey. Since we hadn’t had anything for breakfast and needed a good deal of energy for the trek, we chose a place that served paraanthas. And the paraanthas were the best of all meals I had had during the trip so far. Their aloo-pyaaz paraantha served for a mere 30 bucks was enough for a whole meal. I had it along with lemon-mint tea. Meanwhile we charged the battery of our camera and then walked towards Parvati check dam point which was one kilometre ahead from Barsheni.
Barsheni again is a small junction village which links us to villages like Tosh, Kalga andPulga. This is basically a bus stop village. You will easily get an HRTC bus here which links you to Kasol, Manikaran and Bhuntar. Also you can get taxis till here but they will lootofy your pockets! You can trek up to any of these villages from here. Also it acts as the base point for the kheerganga trek. You may also get some amazingly home baked Hash cookies here!! ;)
The trek down was a lot more easier that the previous day and before we realised we were back at Barsheni and heading back to our favourite base camp Kasol for the night. We surely missed the mighty mountains.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Day 8 - Goodbyes are the worstWe finally reached the dreaded day of our travel, the last day at Kasol. From now on everything we do would take us one step closer to home and one step away from the place that we would love to call home.
The next day we took a local bus from Barsheni to Bhuntar (check timings before hand) to catch our evening HRTC Volvo back to Delhi. The Parvati Valley left me enthralled with its sheer beauty, culture and the diversity of travellers visiting it. It is undoubtedly the perfect backpack destination in India.
Kalga is a small village on way to Kheerganga with not more than 20 houses. We took a bus to Barshaini and it was really windy, started to drizzle as we crossed manikaran, the perks of taking a trip in monsoon. The local buses in mountains are in no hurry to reach anywhere. Every face is without a single wrinkle of worry, the weather made for a perfect ride.We had a talk with the guy owning a homestay in Kalga called Kalga 24. He came to pick us up at Barshaini, bought vegetables from Barsheini itself for dinner and we started to follow him to kalga. The only way to reach Kalga is to walk. It was not like a walk in the park, there is no as such proper way, at first we thought he is taking us through a shortcut. We reached Kalga in 20 minutes after crossing lot of bushes and mud. We were treated by a beautiful sunset just as we reached our homestay.