Parvati valley in Northern India not only for young people
We walked a while ago my wife and I (aged 50 +) in northern India in August. Young people we know very recommended that we get the beautiful Parvati valley, but warned us that there are also quite a few drugs, and disappeared a few tourists. We reached the beautiful city of Manali and Parvati Valley near, debating whether to visit there for us, after we consulted with a number of local Indians who know the place very well, we decided that we go there though more safely. The night before the trip, we asked the owner of a local car stand beside our guesthouse at 6:00 am, we gave a pre-trip program, he agreed, as we agreed upon payment, including car, driver and fuel (the price was very fair).
We left the morning Parvati Valley Manali direct (one hour drive), we entered the valley, and began to dream trip. Incredibly beautiful valley, is relatively narrow as 1.5 km wide on average. Center flows a great river, in a narrow, winding channel, and water flows with unusual intensity. Along the river there are three hydroelectric power stations that produce electricity from the flow of water. There is one road along the valley , and on the most beautiful villages in all. on both sides of the valley there are mountains and huge cliffs, situated at an altitude of about - 5 - 6 km, and their peaks have perpetual snow. All evergreen valley full of trees and fruit orchards and rice vegetables, so do all the mountains around. Down in water about 3,000 mm per year, so everything is green and water flows everywhere.
We got a nice town to town cassoulet and central valley, we walked around a little in the shops and restaurants are nice, then we went to the observation point to the river is very impressive, there is a narrow bridge from which to cross the river, the old part of the village. Around the village there are many fruit orchards and small plots of land they grow vegetables. Then continue our journey of about fifteen minutes to the town Mnikran, the town is the northern side of the river, and several bridges crossing the river into town. Mnikran jobs and charming relaxed atmosphere, the main street there are hot springs and hot, you can wash them instead regulated carefully. There are numerous guest houses some low-level and some at a good level for tourists. Along Main Street there is a long market, relatively cheap and interesting. There are special tree works can be found there many, wood carvings, wooden toys, wooden housewares and more, all very reasonably priced. You can see a Sikh temple in the village center well say that you can stay and stay.
From there we drove east and climbed Poleg town, located near large hydroelectric power station built on the great river. A very traditional town, many houses of wood and stone, moving around on foot from village houses, few modern things it has. Those who wish to stay in the village, there are enough guest houses, some at a reasonable level. In quite a few fruit trees, including many local apple trees.
From there we drove on a dirt road toward the village marker, which is the end road for cars. Entrance to the village we stopped and went for a walk along the village houses. The view from there is amazing. Because of the height of the village, many times we were really in the clouds. A lot of water running between houses and big river below. We walked between the houses of the village when it was raining on us all the time. We opened umbrellas and raincoats went on a trip as usual. Part from the roofs covered with black tiles, made of local stone facing rain. The houses are painted different colors. In some animal houses are on the bottom floor and the family lived upstairs. We asked to get in, and despite the distrust of strangers, the family invited us in, where we ate with the family and they thanked us very little money we had left them a thank you for your hospitality. After we returned to the city of Manali.
This trip can be a very long day, you can do it comfortably even two or three days, then you can add two more important villages: Lena Village - a village where the villagers are careful not to touch strangers. And village Krigngh located just on the eastern side of the valley, accessible only by foot walk of about five hours, but the place and the amazing landscape worth every effort. Throughout the trip we took care to always go two together, and never alone. And sometimes we were joined by tourists from different countries which increased our confidence.
In conclusion, we strongly recommend visiting the Parvati Valley in the Himalayas of India.
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