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Hey there, I’m Vijay Pandit. I’m a Hiker living in Kalga-Parvati Valley-India.
CAMPING IN KALGA VILLAGE
When the monotony of our lives and jobs takes a toll on our mental well being, the only respite that we could get is a holiday or a vacation. Most of us will either go to the sunny beaches of West India or people will go towards the heaven itself, i.e; the mountains. Every place is exceptional in its own ways, be it the beaches or the mountains. But mountains hold a special place in our hearts. As far as we can remember either we used to go to our grandparents during the summer break or it was the mountains.
We all have mostly in our childhood have visited the hill stations of Shimla, Manali, Nainital or Bhimtal, what I want to infer from this is that we regard the mountains in a different light than most people, it holds a special place in our hearts.
India has been endowed very generously when it comes to the variety of hill station we have from the tea gardens in the state of Assam to the coniferous trees of the Himachal Pradesh to the Holy places of worship in Uttarakhand. I think there is any other state in the world which has a rich ecological biodiversity as that of India.
When we speak of mountains the first thing that comes to our mind is Himachal Pradesh, though the state of Uttarakhand is just at the side of Himachal. Now there are many places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, be it Manali, Kalpa, Shimla, Chail, Kufri, etc. But most of the hill stations have become so commercialized that it is impossible to differentiate the hill station from the streets of Sarojini Nagar.
We are to be at fault for this, the present situation of the hills is due to the fact that people went there and since there was a demand, a supply had to be made to cater to the needs of the tourist. But it is not the situation all over Himachal, the above is seen only in tourist places which are easily accessible by roads.
Kalga Parvati Village Himachal Pradesh
But if want to see the real beauty in Himachal then a visit to the Parvati Valley is a must. The place is such that it will make you contemplate as to what is your role in the universe, how do you fit into all of this. Parvati Valley is situated in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. From the confluence of the Parvati River with the River Beas, the Parvati Valley runs eastwards, through a steep-sided valley from the town of Bhuntar, in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India.
Kasol is a well-known place in Parvati valley, with many youngsters coming there to relax, but going at the present rate of infusion of tourist in Kasol, the place will soon lose its identity as a place of retreat and calm, as it is being commercialized at a very fast rate. In the coming few years Kasol will lose all for which it was known.
But Kalga is a different story altogether, situated at the very end of the road which goes towards the holy site of Manikaran. Kalga is just at a walking distance from the town of Bharsaini, the second last place which has a motorable road, the last being Tosh.
Kalga is a quaint village, just a walking distance from Bharsaini. The forest along with the local apple orchards will welcome you to Kalga. If have any preconceived notion of how Kalga will be, it will be a good idea to throw that out of the window. Kalga is not your quintessential hill station like Shimla or Manali, it is mainly a village situated in the laps o the mountain.
Stay at Kalga is given by the local populace in homestays, which are home away from home. The charges for the stays are very nominal and affordable. The rooms are neat, clean and cozy and offer a breathtaking view. The rent includes a bed and a warm blanket. Imagine waking up in the morning as the first ray of light strikes and lights up the valley and mountain summit. There are not many options to look for if you want to stay in Kalga.
Kalga is also like a pit stop on the way towards either Kheerganga which is 14 kms from the village and takes about 3 hrs to complete one side, or you can trek to Pin Parvati Pass which is a 6-day trek from Kalga and that too one way. So if any of the destinations are in your mind Kalga will be a good place to halt for the night. There isn’t much to do in Kalga, but just go to the mountains with beautiful birds chirping and the Parvati river for company, you don’t need anything else.
KALGA APPLE ORCHARDS
Himachal is known for its apples, and Kalga is no exception. It has apple orchards which belong to the locals. A reminder, do not pluck the apples from the trees unless so said by the locals. They are very protective of them, and they will since it is one of the sources of income for them.
There are various options to get there, you can take a bus from Delhi to Manali, which drops you at Bhunter, which takes about 14 to 16 hours.
From Bhunter one can take a local bus to Bharsaini, this, in turn, takes you to Manikaran Sahib via Kasol. You can take a respite from the long strenuous journey and take a rest at Manikaran, in the meantime you can take a dip in the holy waters at the Sarovar of Manikaran Sahib and have langar there also.
From Bharsaini it is a small walk towards the village of Kalga. Go there guys you will like. if you have been to Kasol then for sure you will like Kalga.
Camping Tents on Rent in Kalga Village
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TOP 11 ADVENTURE THINGS TO DO HIMACHAL PRADESH TOURISM PLACES
For sheer geographical diversity, few places in the world are as richly endowed as Himachal Pradesh, Low rolling hi or climb on to touch the core of the Himalayan mountains. Here lie peaks that are several thousand metres high and never lose their perennial snow, past these, forbidding heights, like the visually stunning cold desert of the Trans Himalaya Rivers howling through deep gorges and placid mountain lakes, thick forests, and acres of green mountainsides draped with snow and green Alpine all form a part of this immense spectrum. The possibilities for a whole range of adventure activities are also enormous, There are day hikes by the thousands, and the trek routes follow trails that last a couple of days or can extend over a few weeks.
There is skiing. heliskiing and ice-skating. There is the thrill of paragliding and the test of stamina with mountain-cyc You can go camping and fishing and play golf or take a safari by car, jeep or on a motorcycle.
There are mountaineering and rock climbing. All you need is a reasonable level of fitness. Equipment, training, and instructors are available. And then, All this comes at a fraction of what it would cost you elsewhere in the world. Sedentary or strenuous, for the expert or beginner, Himachal Pradesh has a niche of adventure for everyone.
HIKING HIMACHAL PRADESH TOURISM PLACES
1.Golf At Naldehra Himachal Pradesh Tourism: just 23 km’s away with a beautiful view. beyond Shimla is one of the oldest golf courses in India. Named after the daughter of Lord Curzon, the British Viceroy of India, it is a par 68,9 hole course Annandale, in Shimla has a 9 hole course. There is another at the exquisite glade of Khajjiar 22 km’s from Dalhousie and 24kms. from Chamba.
2.KheerGanga Trekking Himachal Pradesh Tourism: The main trekking areas in HP are the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges between Shimla and Kullu Valley. There are also treks out of Kullu and in the Trans-Himalayan regions of Kinnaur, Lahaul, and Spiti. Most trekking areas are between 1500- 6000 mt’s. With well over 270 defined trails, the variation in terrain is enormous low scrublands, paths through paddy fields, trails strewn with pine needles, woods of oaks and flowering rhododendron, forests of Himalayan cedar & deodar all dotted with small pastoral hamlets, an old Forest dak bungalows’ and SEB and PWD rest houses.
Training facilities accommodation is are available a Manali Mountaineering Institute and also at centers of Dharamsala and Bharmour with agencies conducting treks and providing guides, equipment, porters, pack animals and maps Indeed, trekking through can prove to be a nice way of seeing the wonder of Himachal Pradesh. A must visit place kheer Ganga trekking.
3.Heli-skiing Manali Himachal Pradesh Tourism: Heli-skiing in Manali For high mountain thrills perhaps nothing can surpass the magic of heli-skiing. Under a deep blue sky, you are carried by helicopter to a snow-draped peak. It is a thrilling experience as you rapidly zoom down the slopes and realizing that there is nothing except the sky and the snow when icy winds slap your face. It is available in the area found by the Hanuman Tibba, Rohtang Pan, Deo Tibba and Chanderkhani Pass near the resort town of Manali.
4. Kufri skiing Himachal Pradesh Tourism: one of the oldest, near Shimla the Mahasu ridge; the Markhanda ranges 64 kms. from Shimla with a beginners run, an advanced slope and a slalom run and also offering ski courses instruction and equipment on hire; the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports at Manali offers a variety of courses; the winter and summer skiing in the Solang area near Manali are a few among them.
Camping is the best way to enjoy the wonders of nature with your own gear or opting for any of the several camps offering accommodation, hikes, fishing, catering, nature tours, and rafting. at Sarchu in Himachal Tourism has camps Kinnaur, Lahaul, tents at Sangla and Kalpa in and at Kazain Spiti. of India The Youth Hostel Accommodation run camps at Dalhousie, Kullu-Manali; private sector run camps at Baspa Sangla valley, at Kalpa in Kinnaur, at Tabo in Spiti, at Al Hilal Taragarh and Dharamsala in Kangra, at Shoja near Kullu, and at Mashobra and baldeyan near Shimla. Ice-skating The Shimla
5.Shimla Ice Skating Himachal Pradesh Tourism: The Shimla ice-skating rink has the largest open-air area with naturally frozen ice in this part of the world. It normally begins in early December and carries on to February. Clear skies and low temperatures provide two sessions with every day, morning and evening. Memberships are available for the seasons, shorter terms and even for single sessions. Fancy dress carnivals gymkhanas ice hockey and dances enliven every season.
6.Bir Billing Paragliding Himachal Pradesh Tourism: This sport is a mix of skydiving and hang gliding and is perhaps the closest man has ever come to sailing the skies as free as a bird. The bald peak of Billing, above the Buddhist monastery of Bir in Kangra, Buddha Dhar near Bilaspur, in the Kullu Valley and Intkali in the Pabbar Valley near Rohra are places where para-gliding is done regularly. The Adventure Sports Hostel at Dharamsala and an Aero Sports Complex at Bir billing paragliding provide training and conduct events.
7.Mahseer Angling Himachal Pradesh Tourism: the paradise for fishing in Himachal. Himachal Fishing has several sports for both trout and mahseer as well as other fishes. The best sports fishes both Brown and Rainbow Trout are found in the stream of Himachal. Upstream of Rohru in Pabbar Valley, Chirgaon, Seema, Mandil, Sandasu, Tikri, Dhamvari all within 5 to 25 km’s, from Rohru, Kinnaur’s Baspa river in the Sangla Valley, Uhl river near Barot-Luhandi, the Puran hatchery, Tikkar and Kamand, upper reaches of river Beas in the Kullu Valley and its tributaries like Sarvani, Parbati, Sainj, Hurla and Tirthan-The areas around, Patlikuhl, Katrain, Raison and Largi all are excellent for the sport.
The Kangra valley, reservoir Pong Dam, Nadaun along the river Beas, Chamba Pattan near garlic amar harsi pattan, and Lam Bagoan, and many more offer mahasar.Fishing fees are nominal. The trout fishing is from 31st March to 31st est months for mahasar are those that have an ‘r’ in their spelling-Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sept, Oct. No and Dec.
8.Kangra Water and River Sports Himachal Pradesh Tourism: The Pong Dam Reservoir in Kangra in collaboration with the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports provide year-long activities like swimming, water-skiing, surfing, kayaking on the waters of the Gobind Sagar near Bilaspur, the Chamera Lake near Dalhousie and the Pandoh Lake on the Mandi-Kullu National Highway. white water river rafting is presently being hung on the Sutlej close to Shimla. The break game enjoys a reprieve amid winter and in parts of the storms.
9.Kinnaur Mountain Cycling Himachal Pradesh Tourism: Get yourself for high adventure with an expedition on cycles. The whole of Himachal is your playground. The visit can be combined with outdoors camping for several weeks. The lower level regions of the state-Kangra, Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur-offer tender courses. or you can stretch your mind, muscle and stamina to reach out to the Trans-Himalayan tracts of Lahaul, Spiti, and Kinnaur. For the lighter regions, the summer and autumn months are suggested.
10.Lahaul Vehicle Safaris Himachal Pradesh Tourism: You can explore the variety of Himachal Pradesh by jeep, car or motorcycle. By jeep, the Trans-Himalayan tracks can steadily unfold their natural and man-made wonders, cross the Rohtang pass, move through arid Lahaul to Leh and Ladakh or from Shimla-through picturesque Kinnaur, Kinnaur to Lahaul, haunting beauty landscape of Spiti drive over the Kunzam pass to enter Lahaul. All you have to do is buy a route map, plan your trip and are on your way.
11.Kheerganga trekking Mountaineering and Rock Climbing Himachal Pradesh Tourism: The territory around Manali, directly frames the legend of mountaineering in Himachal Pradesh. The Chandra Bhag ranges, the Pir Panjal, and Dhauladhar extents area specialists center.. The Beas Kund region and lower reaches of the Hanuman Tibba, the Manali and Skitidar peaks around the source of the river Beas and the Deo Tibba are suggested areas for beginners. The Chandra Bhag ranges, the Pir Panjal, and Dhauladhar extents area specialists center. The Manali Institute offers Courses.
There are people who love to exercise for stress relief. In fact, some of them would resort to extreme measures just to make it happen. From biking, mountain climbing, trekking, bungees, these adventures have increased adrenalin, reduced weight and melted stress away for many. But have you heard of backpacking travel?