Tosh: Himachal has several wonderlands which are completely untouched and non-commercialized; one of those I got to visit was Tosh. It is probably the last village in Parvati Valley which is well connected through a road. The place is a little hub for trekkers and backpackers. It is 21kms from Kasol. Unlike Kasol, Tosh is very quiet, peaceful and less populated.
HOW TO REACH TOSH?
If you are traveling from Delhi, then you can book a Volvo from Majnu Ka Tila or ISBT to Manali. The Volvo stops at Bhuntar, the nearest stop to reach Kasol. From Bhuntar, you can hire a taxi to Kasol, then trek to Tosh or can hire a taxi directly to Tosh.
I visited this place with my friend during summers. After reaching Bhuntar, we both were dead tired because of the journey. So we decided to hire a taxi directly to Tosh. It took us around 2hrs to reach Tosh from Bhuntar. We experienced a thunderstorm during our journey and the weather became quite chilly.
As we reached the place we had to cross a wooden bridge to enter the village. The village was surrounded by snowcapped mountains from all sides and the village with lush green trees all around looked like a little heaven. The moment you enter the village the distinct smell of hashish will welcome you. You will find more Europeans and Israeli than locals. The place has a hippie culture and you will find many people in trance, maybe because of hashish. The place is very safe to stay. There is no mobile connectivity and almost no electricity is in the village.
For staying in Tosh you will get many options for nice and cheap home stays, but no hotels. The place has a lot of small cafes offering cuisines like European, Israeli and Indian. The food is of very good quality and not so expensive, truly above my expectation. The place has nothing much to do, you can stroll in the village, enjoy the fresh breeze and breathe fresh and non-polluted air. The place had a picturesque beauty and is a perfect place to take pictures. You will also find a temple in the middle of the village, made of wood with slate roof. The wooden walls of the temple have a very detailed carving on it. The temple opens once in a year during the month of January or February.
Most of the people travel further to Kheerganga from Tosh, which is nearly 6hrs trekking from Tosh. But my friend and I decided to trek down to Kasol, after staying there for a day, as we were not prepared for such chilly weather. The place made us realize that life can be so relaxed and chilled out. The beauty of the place is beyond words. People looking for peaceful escapes should visit this place at least once in their entire life.
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