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Friday, 4 January 2019

Tosh, Himanchal the last hippie village in Parvati valley

I feel like I’m on top of the world. Honestly, I feel like I’ve climbed a giant mountain, and I’m just standing right on top with my arms wide open and breathing rarified air.
Just the same feeling you experience once you are in Tosh, a village lying at the height of 7900 feet on top of a hill surrounded by mountains from all the sides. Tosh offers some breathtaking views of the Parvati Valley. In recent years this village has gained popularity amongst tourist as it is very close to the famous Hippies Town – Kasol

On way to Tosh Himachal from Barshaini
Mountains as seen from Tosh Himachal
How to reach
From Delhi take a bus which is heading for Manali and get down at Bhuntar which is around 50 Km before Manali. From Bhuntar, you will find many HRTC buses to Barshaini. The buses take a halt at Kasol and Manikaran and then proceed for Barshaini. From Barshaini you can trek all the way to Tosh, which is around 5 km or you can take a shared cab that would cost around 100.I would suggest you trek all the way as it is all worth it.

Himachal

The tarmac road ends at the start of Tosh village and one has to walk over a wooden bridge to enter the village. The whole village is located on a hilly terrain and there are no motorable roads. Also, the village is quite small and all places are easily accessible walking around. Get ready, pick a camera and go lost in nature!!!
 way to Tosh Himachal from Barshaini
Houses at Tosh Himachal
Kasol was the main reason what brought me to this region of Himalayas. Hearing so much about this place, I always wanted to experience the Hippie culture. After spending a remarkable day in Kasol, I along with my college friends headed for Tosh. Since it was that time of year when it snows heavily in this region, roads were only opened till Barshaini.

But I would say we were lucky enough for the road to be closed, as trekking on the road route from Barshaini to Tosh was spine-tingling.
Houses at Tosh Himachal
The village has become quite popular with travelers who are looking for a peaceful escape from daily life, meditation/yoga, and clean air. The visitors who come to Tosh are mostly backpacker from Israel and Europe. The distinct smell of Marijuana is the first impression of Tosh.
About to arrive at Tosh Himachal Village 
Beautiful Tosh Himachal Village surroundings

Things to do

There is nothing much to do in Tosh than to explore the surroundings. With every step you take there will an upsurge in love for this place.Such breathtaking views it provides of the beautiful Parvati Valley. In addition, as Tosh is becoming quite popular among the backpackers, many trance and psychedelic parties are being organized here.
The Valley View
Nearby Tosh, there are many treks you can choose from, Kheerganga being the most popular.
The Tosh Himachal Village

Where to stay

With its proximity to the famous hippie town Kasol, tourism is growing at a rapid pace in Tosh. Massive construction work of guesthouses and hotels is under process. Currentlythere are few stay options, Ashwin café, Pink Floyd and hotel Hilltop being the favorite ones.
Tosh Himachal village surroundings
Tosh Himachal

What to Eat

Most of the café provides you menu comprising of Indian, European and Italian food. However, food is expensive in Tosh as it takes quite an effort to bring raw materials up here.
Trying Maggi with a cup of tea at such altitude and chilly surroundings could be a moment you would cherish for entire life.
Heavy snow on roof Tosh Himachal

 Best Time to visit

Tosh Himachal has a pleasant weather throughout the year. The best time to visit Tosh is from April until October since in winters the whole village is covered in snow and becomes quite hidden. However, if you want to enjoy the snow, you can opt for November to February.

On your trip to Tosh, you could explore the nearby Kasol, Manikaran and Kheerganga trek as well. For Manikaran, you can check out my post Take a dip into the natural hot springs at Manikaran near Kasol. For Kasol check out my post- Kasol Himachal – Stoner’s escapade in the mighty Himalayas. Information and detail on Kheerganga Trek are underwriting and would be shared in a couple of days.

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