After exploring the roads, talking to few people we found out there were secret trans parties being held deep down the woods. Somewhere in the middle of parvati valley, a path lead us down to a bridge over a river and ended up in a small world of trans party. With psychedelic music, booze, woodfire rotis, dal and chicken, campfire and a crowd going high on hash, it was a straight movie scene. We were the only sane ones out there, just happy with ourselves, beer and some food.
There is hardly any electricity there and you can find your way to any place only with the help of torchlights. The new year began with amazing fireworks and crazy music. Don’t expect Bollywood music here. But it’s a 'must do one-time experience', if you make a new year trip around kasol. Restricted for families though.
If you want to attend the real new year parties at Parvati valley, they begin from 11am. So plan your schedule accordingly. We also wanted to cover Manikaran Gurudwara the same evening, we almost went near it but came back looking at the long traffic queues. 12:30am we started back from there to kullu. Big mountains from one side, a deep ridge on the other…that looked like a perfect night to begin your new year. It looked like a signal from universe saying that we are prepared to face deepest of the fears while standing strong against it. All those who fear mountains either should completely avoid this route, or must travel once. Am sure you will never be scared of it again.
1st Jan- Kullu to Karnal