Parvati Valley (Winter)

Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Welcome to Back-Pack-Go!
We hope you leave the city version of you behind. We're going to the hills.
Let us give you a little idea of how we at Vagabond Experiences do group trips. First of all, we don’t do ‘tour operators’. Every group will be accompanied by an Experience Manager (AKA. EM). EMs are trained to do one job; help you have a comfortable, safe, and fulfilling experience.
Through the ages, the mountains have been a getaway for many a traveller. But, this valley holds a special place amidst them. Parvati is home to many small villages, some ancient cultures, and an abundance of natural beauty. Honestly speaking, a lifetime might not be enough to explore everything that this beautiful place has to offer. But think of this trip as a careful and relaxed introduction.


Dates: 14th-19th Feb '24 (5N/6D)

Places covered: Kalga, Pulga, Tosh, Kasol, Chalal, Manikaran

Meeting Point: 14th Feb '24 | 5pm at R.K. Ashram, New Delhi

Departure Point: 19th Feb '24 | 10am at R.K. Ashram, New Delhi


-Explore the pristine and mysterious Fairy Forest

-Take a beautiful waterfall hike at Tosh

-Witness the woodside hamlets of Kalga and Pulga under a white snowclad blanket

-Live in luxurious A-frame villas in a remote village surrounded by snow-capped mountains

-Experience the bustle of the multi-cultural Kasol market

-Visit the surreal Gurudwara and Langar at Manikaran

Day 1: The Mountains Are Calling
Our journey begins in the National Capital. Assemble at the R.K. Ashram Metro station (Pillar no. 9) in Delhi at 5:00 pm. Board a bus to Kasol. Goodbye traffic, goodbye families, and probably (hopefully), goodbye cellphone reception for a while.
Travel: 12-13 hrs bus journey (Delhi > Kasol)

Day 2: The Heart of The Valley
We reach Kasol early in the morning and switch into taxis to get to Kalga, a hilltop village nestled in the heart of Parvati Valley. Settle into The Shire, and take the rest of the day to familiarise ourselves with this beautiful woodside hamlet and explore the winter wonderland.
Travel: 1-1.5 hrs taxi journey (Kasol > Kalga)
Day 3: Hum Bhi Hai Tosh Main
A visit to the neighbouring village of Tosh is the plan today. It is one of the most popular hamlets in this neck of the woods. We will spend our day exploring this lil' village along with a quick hike to the waterfall (and maybe beyond). We will dine at our hotel after sunset.
Travel: 30 minutes taxi journey (Kalga > Tosh)
Day 4: A Fairytale like Forest
There’s going to be a fair bit of walking today! We are going into the misty mountainside forest of Pulga called 'Fairy Forest'. A dense pine forest where the sunlight magically filters through the tall trees creating an illusion of fairies residing above us. We'll spend the day at a secluded waterfall in the middle of the forest and head back home for dinner.

Day 5: K-Town
This is our last day in Himachal. You will have the day at leisure. After breakfast, we bid farewell to Kalga and head towards Kasol by noon. Spend the day exploring Chalal and Manikaran, or eating in Kasol market. Go shopping for those jholas, hemp paraphernalia, and jewellery that you've always wanted to buy from Himachal. Take an overnight bus back to New Delhi. Make the most of this night since we might not be seeing each other again (Aww damn!).
Travel: 1-1.5 hrs taxi ride (Kalga>Kasol) | 12-13 hrs bus journey (Bhuntar>Delhi)

Day 6: Byeeeee
Reach Delhi in the morning by 11 am. It’s time to say goodbye to your new friends. Until next time, Vagabonds.
PSA: Please wait at least a month before you put up “Take me back” posts.

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Vagabond started out as a project by four friends with a disdain for the ordinary. The idea was simple; take people out of their comfort zones. Not like Roadies, but just enough to bond them together through beautiful and authentic experiences. Happiness, as they say, is only real when shared. And share we did. The company was founded in 2014. As fresh Bachelor of Arts degree holders, companies were lining up to hire us fine gentlemen; we’re kidding. Fueled by entrepreneurial zeal, we started with small events in the city like heritage walks through Bombay’s old quarters. As musicians and travellers ourselves, we decided to marry these two loves of our lives. That is how the idea for the first Fields of Sound™ came about. Since then, it has only been onward and upwards for us. Since 2014, we’ve made friends like family through our journey. Our little ‘Vaga’-Fam. It’s safe to say, it’s been quite an adventure. One we would like you to join :)

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-Bus fares to and from Delhi and Kasol for semi-sleeper AC buses

-3 nights' stay in luxurious A-frame villas at 'The Shire' (Kalga) in quintuple (5) sharing rooms with room heaters and attached washrooms (Click for photos)

-Private internal transport (taxis/jeeps) in Parvati Valley

-Two meals a day i.e. breakfast and dinner (while in Himachal)

-All activities and visits as per itinerary

-Basic medical and first-aid kit

-All permits, tolls, and parking charges

-Experienced Vagabond EMs


-One meal a day
-Travel insurance (we recommend you take one)


1. Sturdy shoes for walking/climbing (well-fitting, neither loose nor tight)

2. An extra smaller backpack for day outings

3. Water bottle (try avoiding buying mineral water bottles to reduce plastic waste)

4. Toiletries, Torch, Lip-balm, Sunscreen, Sunglasses.

5. Personal Medication (Asthma, allergen medication etc.)

6. Slippers/flip-flops

7. Rainwear, rain cover for bags (VERY IMPORTANT if you're traveling during monsoons or winter)

8. Binoculars, camera (optional)

9. Sufficient liquid cash

10. Crepe bandage (each person should have 1 roll each)

11. Warm clothes (Beanie, gloves, wollen socks, thermals, fleece jacket, padded jacket etc.)


Policy and Terms

-In case of cancellations 30 days or more prior to the trip, Rs 4,000 will be deducted

-In case of cancellations 29 to 15 days prior to the trip, Rs 8,000 will be deducted

-In case of cancellations 14 to 7 days prior to the trip, Rs 13,000 will be deducted

-In case of cancellations within 6 days of the trip, no refund shall be admissible

(Please refer to the further Terms and Conditions mentioned in the footer of the website)


Terms and Conditions

-All timings and activities are subject to weather, group size, capabilities of participants, etc.

-Vagabond holds the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances (for eg. unfavorable weather)

-By registering for this trip, you agree to have read through and abide by the Vagabond Terms & Conditions mentioned in the footer.

Frequest Questions

Q: What region of north India are we traveling to?
A: We're traveling from Delhi to Kasol to Kalga which is a part of Parvati Valley in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.

Q: What altitude would we be traveling to?
A: Kalga is at an altitude of approximately 9,498 ft (2,895 m)

Q: What will the temperature be like while we're there?
A: Temperatures rise to a maximum of 10°C during the day and can drop to a minimum of -5°C during the night

Q: Where will we be staying?
A: We will be staying for 3 nights in luxurious A-frame villas at 'The Shire' (Kalga). Rooms will be quintuple-sharing (5 in a room) with room heaters and attached washrooms. These villas are built with soaring, peaked roofs that allow for plenty of natural light to flood the interiors, while also providing a cozy and intimate feel. The bedrooms are cozy and comfortable, with plush bedding and luxurious linens that provide the perfect night’s sleep after a long day exploring the great outdoors. Check out photos on theshirekalga.com

Q: What about food?
A: Vagabond will provide 2 meals a day. We will take care of breakfast and lunch/dinner every day while in Himachal. Meals while traveling by bus from and to Delhi will not be covered. For our meals, we will provide you with a set menu at the resort itself. Do reach out to us if you have any dietary restrictions. The cuisines will be shuffling between Indian, Israeli, Continental, and Tibetan. We urge you to go explore the various cuisines that Parvati Valley has to offer.

Q: How will we be commuting?
A: We will be travelling from Delhi to Parvati Valley and back in an AC semi-sleeper Volvo bus. We will transit around Parvati Valley in 4-8 seater taxis.

Q: Is there mobile connectivity in Parvati Valley?
A: You will have a good network and internet connection at almost all the locations.

Q: Are there any ATMs where we're traveling?
A: There are a couple of ATMs at Kasol market, however, carry liquid cash at all times.

Q: Can I smoke/drink on this trip?
A: We at Vagabond do not refrain our participants from smoking or drinking on our backpacking trips. However, there are times you will be disallowed to do so (monasteries, treks, sacred spaces, etc). Indulge in these activities very responsibly.

Q: What will the group size be?
A: We will be a maximum of 15 travellers and 1-2 Vagabond EMs.

Q: Is there any age limit to join this trip?
A: No, there is no age limit to join this trip. However, based on our previous experiences, the age group of travellers is usually between 21-35.

Q: Can I join this expedition solo?
A: Yes, of course, you can! We have a good number of solo travellers on almost every Vagabond experience.

Q: How physically fit do I need to be to join this trip?
A: This trip doesn't have a very high physical requirement. You need to be able to walk long distances on flat plains and be able to do a day trek too. Those who have a low tolerance for cold should be prepared with temperature-appropriate clothing.

Q: Are there doctors/hospitals in Parvati Valley?
A: Kasol market has a doctor's dispensary which is at a convenient distance from our homestay

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