Parvati Valley is one of the most beautiful mountainous destinations in India, not to mention one of my favourite places in the entire world. Though it’s well-known for it’s world famous ‘charas’ (hash), the experience of Parvati encompasses everything from it’s sweeping forest landscapes, to gracefully winding rivers.
Here is an example 7 day itinerary which will enable you to get the most out of your trip to Parvati, no matter where your interests lie. I’ve made the itinerary perfectly adjustable with suggestions on how to modify it according to what you want to do.
Day 1 : Getting to the Himalayas
In order to reach Himachal Pradesh in the Himalayas, the easiest and cheapest way is to get an overnight bus from Delhi. This is the most common mode of transport and there are over 50 buses leaving every night. You can book bus tickets online on www.redbus.in for Delhi to Bhuntar. The majority of buses leave from Delhi from the Majnu Ka Tilla stations. So if you prefer to be spontaneous, you can go there directly and purchase a bus ticket from one of the many travel agents in the area. Be sure to go before 6pm because most buses leave after that.
To reach Parvati Valley, you need to change from Bhuntar and get either a local bus or a taxi from Bhuntar to Kasol. The bus journey will last approximately ten hours, so if you depart from Delhi by 10pm you would reach Bhuntar by around 8am. Before you leave, make sure that you have collected basic items from Delhi that you might need in the mountains. Be sure to carry plenty of cash (approximate costs are given in a table below), because the ATM machines in Parvati are not reliable. If you want to withdraw large amounts it can be easier to visit the bank itself rather than looking around for ATMs. Also, if you want the best signal and internet in Parvati, then purchase an Airtel SIM card before you go.