KASOL. It's a small village 3 Kilometers before Manikaran. And it's totally different now from what I have seen 15 years back on my way to Manikaran. That small village has grown up big and constitutes of wide varieties of Cafe and restaurants for all visitors. I got down at Kasol and amazed with smell of greens and sound of parvati river and there are lots of foreigners here and there, in restros, cafe, tea stalls, market shops. Yes, shocking !!! every one was awake so early morning. I want to stay here and explore more but I need to reach 'Tosh' so me and my friend hired Royal Enfield for Rs.1200, to cover up final 25 Kilometers with view of green hills along with parvati river tributary to Beas river and loopy roads. The final journey is like you have entered into a dreamland. Forest, sunlights , empty road, view , wind , pine trees, never seen birds, each and every thing was mesmerizing on that route. That roads ends on the village 'TOSH', and seriously it was exactly opposite to picture what I was having in my mind from different blogs and internet.
It was small and last village on that route with radius of 500 meters, yes thats it, however being on middle of valley gives a great look to this village and a scenic beauty to its tourist. As we started our journey in this village by walking because there is no provision for taking cars and bikes inside the village, we get to know that there is only small paths and stairs in the village that is connected to every home there. Me and my friend chose to stay on that last guest house at the top of village which is named as 'Pink Floyd'.
Rooms are pretty good at very low tariffs and far better than you will get in other villages of india and best part is view, I bet 5 star hotels and resorts will charge more than 10 grands a night for this view. There is no paper work or advance booking for rooms, you just have to be there to have it. Our rooms has only four things Bed, Almirah, geyser and electricity which is sufficient for backpackers like us. Yes electricity is 24 hours there. And shockingly 4G network by some operators like Airtel and BsNL.
We met our neighbours, all are from Israel and turkey and enjoying there vacations since week. I asked all of them their purpose of visit and all replied with same words - freedom, silence, stuff, and "time with myself". And this was the moment I stood shocked the most, how ironical it was that as being Indian we not even care about our natural resources plus we are so busy in our life and offices and left no time for ourselves.
There is nothing to do in village except enjoying in some near by cafes and talking to friends and tourists, smoking etc. But I learned that merely viewing valley again and again compels you think about yourself, your life, your family, and you overall, which no body does usually and trust me it was RELAXING.
Tosh is very immensely beautiful and having scenic beauty which is less in new age hill stations because of unnecessary crowd and we enjoyed every bit of it from our guest house cafe, whole afternoon we just chilled ourselves with yellow sunlight around, relaxing green forest, blue and white sky, trance music, Ginger lemon tea and view. It was like living in childhood painting. By night we explored two or three new cafes and had dinner on a game of chess. In month of September you will have less crowd and awesome whether.