Kalga is undoubtedly my favourite village in Parvati Valley. I have now been there numerous times in all seasons, and I keep returning there because it’s my second (or fifth, or maybe seventh) home. Technically, Kalga isn’t even a village. It was built on forest land and most of the space there is apple orchards. As a result, it’s much quieter than the two neighboring villages of Pulga and Tosh. So if you are looking to go somewhere a bit Shanti; if you’re looking to keep yourself to yourself and not disturb other people with your terribly loud commercial music (please go back down to Kasol for that), then Kalga is one of the nicest places to stay. Here are some of my favourite places to stay over there:
Hill Top Guest House
I guess the first time I walked into Kalga, I was high as a kite and ended up walking for ages and ages into the back of the village without realizing. At the time, a room in Hill Top cost me Rs. 150 a night ($2), and it had the nicest view of the valley during sunset. I was the only person in the entire place, and it was one of the most peaceful things ever.
Though the prices are slightly higher now, it’s still one of my favorite places. The owners Chamanji and his wife grow a bunch of vegetables in their garden and you’ll probably find a couple of cows underneath your room. There’s also a large rock where you can sit and chill, next to the field. Hill Top is pretty central so it takes the same time to walk out towards the entrance of Kalga, as it does to walk in towards the forest.
Cost : Rs. 300 / room
Apple Cottage is probably the easiest to find out of all of these. When you walk into Kalga past Sunset guest house and follow the trail, you’ll come to the centre with the little shop in front, and on your right will be this huge drawing of an apple which is apple cottage. The entire backyard of apple cottage is full of apple trees, pretty much like the whole of Kalga. Apple cottage is owned by Ajju Bhai who is now like my family member.
If you’re looking for Airtel signal, this is the best place you’ll find it in the entire village. They advertise themselves as having WiFi, and sometimes it does actually work. If you need internet, however, you should purchase an Airtel sim card before you head up because it’s a bit patchy otherwise. Apple Cottage has fairly large rooms and a dope terrace where you can see the whole valley during sunset. And the food is also amazing.