Wanderlust being the new cool and the sudden surge in modern travel, we were far far away from it. We were WanderLOST in its literal sense. From losing paths to getting lost in the jungle.....gah!
Reaching Tosh hilltop is quite the task. My friend and I had been planning the perfect summer get-away. The three destinations chosen, after a LOT of planning was Tosh-Kalga- Kheerganga. For a trip which was to be an impromtu unplanned one, what an irony!
This invariably included coordinating between cities to make it happen.
At the end of the day it was all worth it. Waking up to magnanimous mountains where you feel so so tiny was quite the sight.
Instead of waking up to buildings and office next morning you woke up so snow capped peaks and infinite fields and/or cute little wooden huts tucked between pine trees.
This write up will give you a detailed insight to all three places, all at once.
Delhi- Bhuntar-Tosh- Barsheni- Kalga-Kheerganga
Delhi-Bhuntar - The Himachal state buses run quite frequently from Majnu ka tila (New Delhi) till Bhuntar.
Bhuntar-Tosh - After a nice rest overnight, wake up to the magnanimous mountains and see the change in terrain as soon as you cross Manali. Get off at Bhuntar and take a shared cab/local bus till Bharseni. If you can get a good price for the cab (Rs 200 per head) then take it till Tosh which is a 1.5 hour drive. The driver will drop you till the foothills of Tosh. Walk your way up.
Tosh- Kalga- Walk down till Barsheni/take a cab. Cross the bridge and ask the locals the way up till Kalga.
Kalga-Kheerganga- Kalga is the transit camp from where you could start the Kheerganga trek.
1. Hotel Blue Diamond - Mostly on the upper side of the budget but we got the BEST view right outside our room. It is one of the hotels situated right on top of village tosh overlooking the valley. It was almost like sleeping on the lap of the Parvati valle
2. Hill-Top- It has a café as well under the hotel. Again, one of the good views but wouldn’t call it the best.
Cost - Rs 1200 per room
1.Holy Cow Cafe- If you go here, it’s the Blackhole of Kalga. Once you go there you wouldn’t want to leave. Imagine this - After walking through the Apple orchards and little streams running through the village, half a mile away you will see a tall cottage, you might get lost on your way to Holy cow! We really were wanderLOST. Then you walk and walk to find your way to this hidden treasure. Mattresses laid down on low tables with a pet dog chilling by your side. The perfect holiday you need right now.
If this is full, walking along the line of Holy cow and you'll find a lot of homestays
Cost- Rs800- Rs1200 per room
A number of options available once you reach the top. You could sleep cosy in a blanket or star gaze and sleep in the tent. The option is yours. Since it gets really cold at night, my suggestion is to stay in rooms.
Ps- You needn't carry your tents are there are plenty of them available there.
Cost- Rs 400- Rs800 per room