Following the hippie trail

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14th Mar 2014
Photo of Following the hippie trail by Abhishek Dasgupta
Photo of Following the hippie trail by Abhishek Dasgupta
Photo of Following the hippie trail by Abhishek Dasgupta
Photo of Following the hippie trail by Abhishek Dasgupta
Photo of Following the hippie trail by Abhishek Dasgupta
Photo of Following the hippie trail by Abhishek Dasgupta
Photo of Following the hippie trail by Abhishek Dasgupta
Photo of Following the hippie trail by Abhishek Dasgupta

"Can you drop me to Malana?" the voice echoed through the silence, as I looked around to find the source. An old man, in his fifties, in a traditional brown fleece jacket and cap was waving in front of a pick-up truck. Sure, why not, I could certainly use up some company. As I negotiated the curves, the old man, a resident of Malana, told me how he cannot find one of his sheep. After few kilometres, we reached the green gate "Welcome to Malana Village" on the left. Suiram knows another road, which isn't paved, but will cut down the hiking a lot. The road upfront gradually became narrower and steeper, with rocks the size of footballs, wedged in between snow and mud. After multiple splutters and stutters, we finally reached the Magic Valley. From here on, one can see Malana, a quaint little village on the opposite slope of the mountain. Malana, considered one of the first democracies of the world, is inhabitated by the direct descendants of the Aryans, as per tradition. One can drive down 1.5 hours from Kasol, and hike for 1 hour, or drive half an hour and hike for 2 hours to reach Malana. Kasol, one of the hot-spots for foreigners and backpackers, is about 13 hours ride from New Delhi. Alternatively, one can take a bus upto Bhuntar/Kullu, and take a cab/shared cab to Kasol. With the Parvati river running through, the place has some beautiful cafes and restros. Israeli cuisine is a common in most of the restros, 'Evergreen', 'Yang's Place, just to name a few. Kasol is also the start point of several himalayan treks, to Khiriganga, Pin-Parvati Pass, Sar Pass, etc. Else, one can enjoy the local produce in a lazy walk along Parvati and immerse in the beauty of the himalayas.. ;) 

Best time to visit Kasol-Malana is from May-October; in winter, the temperatures plummet to below freezing.

There are a number of hotels and homestays in Kasol (nothing extravagant), and around 2-3 in Malana.

Leave behind nothing, but footprints. :)

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You list the best time to visit Kasol-Malana as May to October. That would include the monsoon season which brings me to my question – is it really safe to trek across the hippie trail in the rainy season?
Sun 01 10 16, 20:55 · Reply · Report
The hippie trail is quite an iconic trail in history made famous by the hippie movement. A bit about the history of it should have been more forthcoming in your post since it is the topic of your article.
Sun 01 10 16, 15:04 · Reply · Report
I've always wanted to take a journey overland from India to Nepal and have been looking the net for anyone who has actually done it and shared their experience but no luck so far.
Sun 01 10 16, 14:37 · Reply · Report
The hippie trail was made famous by the pot smokers of the hippie culture back in 1960's and 70's when they travelled all the way from western Europe to India and Nepal.
Sun 01 10 16, 05:42 · Reply · Report
Speaking of the hippie trail reminds me so much of the movie Hare Rama Hare Krishna. One of my all time favourite movies. I remember for a while growing my hair and smoking pot trying to relive the hippie culture. I feel stupid when I think of it now.
Sat 01 09 16, 08:06 · Reply · Report
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