I went on a weekend trip in winters to Himachal Pradesh from Delhi. We boarded our bus from Delhi in evening around 5:30 PM and after completing an overnight journey we reached Bhuntar as there is no direct bus from Delhi to Kasol.
We reached Bhuntar around 8 AM and then from Bhuntar you can either take a cab or a local bus to Kasol. We took local bus as it was much economical to travel. It took us around 2 hours to reach Kasol from Bhuntar.
Stay at a Cottage and Trek to Chalal:
In Kasol there are many good hotels in the main market to stay, but we stayed at a cottage which is a bit far from the main market but worth a stay. There are many small villages near Kasol where you can go for trekking and enjoy the beauty of hills and calmness of Parvati river.
We went to Chalal gaon, you will be amazed by the beauty you will see on the way. Fresh cold air, peace and scenic beauty which you can never experience in metro cities especially in Delhi.
Food options – Evergreen Cafe:
After returning from there we went to Evergreen cafe, which is a famous cafe of Kasol and had Israeli food there. The evergreen cafe is mainly famous for non-vegetarian food, the vegetarian food there was quite average. But you must try kahwa there, kahwa was good and quite refreshing. Food in even normal cafes was quite expensive in Kasol, so in the night we cooked maggie and sandwich our self in the cottage and had dinner.
Hot Springs near Parvati River:
Next morning we enjoyed hot spring bath near Parvati river, believe me, you can take bath for hours in that hot spring, it feels so good in that chilled weather.
We had our breakfast and then we left for Tosh. First, we took a local bus to Manikaran as there is no direct way for Tosh, Manikaran is close to Kasol and you can reach just in 15 minutes through the local bus. From Manikaran we changed our bus and took the bus for Barsaini. As Barsaini is last stop till where you can go through the bus, after that either you can take a taxi or can trek to Tosh. We choose to trek which is around 4 km from Barsaini.
Trekking to Tosh, amid tons of snow:
Trekking is the best way to reach Tosh. As the calmness and peace that you will experience during your trek are worth all your effort. Hills covered with snow, sun rays falling on hills is the main point of attraction. You will see many local people travelling either by bike or car, but most travellers from outside prefer trekking.
As we completed our trekking and reached Tosh, it started raining and so we stopped at a corner tea shop for tea, after having light snacks, we started looking for a hotel to stay. As you will move from there you will see a very narrow path, yes path as there is no concrete roads, just a narrow path to go from one place to another.
As Tosh is on the hill so you will find extremely slippery paths and mostly it was snow all around, it was quite slippery to walk, we were taking help of each other’s hands to walk from one place to another. There was a hotel just near that tea shop by name: “Pinki Didi”, but local people told us that if you want to enjoy the actual beauty of tosh then you should choose a hotel at hill-top.
We decided to go to resort at hill-top, so we skipped pinki didi resort and started going at hill-top, but believe me as you will start walking more and more at top, you will find roads becoming more difficult, we had no trekking equipment, nor we had any trekking shoes, but still as we were six people we started walking through each other help, we also took help of local people to know how to reach at top, climbing to hilltop is bit difficult but once you will reach there, you will know how worth it was.
Hilltop of Tosh was completely covered with snow, we took some pics and then we started looking for hotels to stay, there were many hotels like Pink Floyd, Hill-top, Blue Diamond. We checked facilities and rates in each and finally, we choose the hotel Blue Diamond to stay. There we got a big room with 5 beds which was sufficient for 6 people. We locked our room and went down to play in the snow, we were literally freezing at that temperature. It was around -2 degree Celsius at that time.
After playing we changed and came downstairs to enjoy bonfire arranged by the hotel staff. Hotel was quite normal and there were 3-4 boys and they were managing everything, from cooking to cleaning to room service, everything. The hotel even doesn’t have any menu card, they prepare a basic common meal for all. Either you eat it or don’t eat it, there was no other option. We were so hungry at that time that we even ate chapati with sugar. 😛
I experienced snowfall for the first time there in the night. In extreme dark, snow was looking as white cotton balls are falling down, it was extremely fascinating and soothing to watch.
In morning after having our breakfast at the hotel, we left for Barsaini, again by trekking for 4 km. During that 4 km, you will find only one general store to have some ready-made food to eat or drink. So it is always good to carry at least one water bottle with you.
Then from Barsaini we took a cab to Manikaran and from Manikaran we took a local bus to Bhuntar. In Bhuntar, we had our dinner at Mamu dhaba, which offer good and reasonable food. Then at 8:30 PM, we took our bus to Delhi. We reached Delhi next day around 7 AM.
Things you must carry:
If you are married and looking for beautiful honeymoon destination which comes under budget then both Kasol and Tosh are highly recommended. Also, If you are just looking for a fun-filled weekend trip from Delhi then this can be your ultimate destination.