A semester break trip with one of my friends happened last week, to the real Parvati valley.
We were both planning this trip since for ever and it so happened in an instance.
We left Delhi on the 4th of may at night and travelled for almost 13h to reach kasol. The bus charges vary from transporter to transporter and the type of bus you want to travel in, the fair stands somewhere between 850- 1600 as for the ac buses and Volvo.
After reaching kasol we took a small lunch break and then hopped on to a local bus that took us to Bharsaini. The charge from kasol to Bharsaini was around 30 rupees per person.
After reaching bharsaini we started trekking to kalgha village. Situated (7,545 ft) above sea level this village offers you everything from scenic beauty to chill cafes,peace as well as solitude but to reach kalga you need to trek for about 30 mins up hill.
Once you are up the hill you experience the true beauty of nature and a peaceful environment.
For the stay the locals provide you with home stays as an option.. and that is how they earn in the summer season so that in the winter season they can sit and eat for around 5-6 months.
Homestays are a good option as they are pocket friendly and don't burn a hole in your pocket as well as you get to witness their lives as closely as possible.
You get to know the locals more and live the same kinda life for a few days.One can include food with their stays as they please. We stayed at a friends cafe for around 2 days and we payed him around 1,000 bucks to be precise.