I was sitting with an old lady (about 75 years of age) who asked me a simple question with all her excitement - what is the reason you have come to Himachal for? And my answer was simple as well - I said "PEACE". After a long silence, she asked me so where are you going to find peace? - without wasting a second I answered "KASOL" with a big smile.
She smiled back and told me - You are going to a wrong place young man!
After a long silence, I asked why would you say so? - She replied, Kasol is a start point for various treks and hence all new travelers just like you head to Kasol. If you want peace, you have to go to Pulga - I had never heard of this place before. And just after she said this, she got off from the bus and waved at me.
We reached Kasol around 1 p.m. and the moment I reached there, I just remembered the words the lady told me. She was absolutely right. Kasol market was filled with travelers and there was hardly any place at nearby cafe for us to have lunch.
We walked a little to find a local dhaba at the end of market. The food was a delight and it costed only 80 Rs per head. Aloo de parathe with Dal can sound common, but it tastes different in Himachal. A must have, atleast once.
Over the lunch, I discussed the idea of visiting Pulga with my friends and they were a little surprised. Infact, they were tired and hence they didn't want to travel anymore. Being a media planner, I tried to hard sell my idea just the way I sell my media plans to my clients. And as usual, it worked.
After lunch, we took a cab from Kasol to Barshaini which costed us Rs 500/- and we were entertained with some trance music. (if you are traveling on a tight budget, would recommend to take a local bus which would cost only 20 Rs).
We reached Barshaini by 4 p.m. and we started our ascend to Pulga. We can see a small village from the other side of the valley and we had our doubts about the place. But with sun setting down, we decided to go for it. It's a 60 minute trek to reach Pulga. Big rocks are colored with directions so that you don't get lost. You will come across small waterfalls where you can fill your bottle, which you might need during the ascend.
We reached Pulga by 5:30 p.m. and the first sight of the village was mesmerising. All the hurdles that we faced while traveling, was all worth it.