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.

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.

There are many places in Parvati Valley to visit like Malana, Kasol, Manikaran (Sikh and Hindu pilgrimage site), Bharsaini, Tosh, Grahan, Kalga, Pulga, Kheerganga.

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.

Kalga Village

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.

Kalga Homestay

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.

Reaching Kalga

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.

 

 
 
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“Happiness is strange; it comes when you are not seeking it. When you are not making an effort to be happy, then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there, born of purity, of a loveliness of being.” 

- Jiddu Krishnamurti

 
 

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Much love,

V