Introducing Parvati Valley
The Parvati River rises from the highway at Bhuntar to the hot springs at Manikaran and beyond, and the sublime surrounding valley is a popular traveller hang-out. Over the years the Parvati Valley has developed a well-deserved reputation for its wild and cultivated crops of charas – as well as its natural beauty. A couple of villages along the river have been transformed into hippie hang-outs, offering cheap accommodation, international food and a nonstop reggae soundtrack to crowds of dreadlocked and pierced travellers. There are some excellent treks in the area – including to the intriguing mountain village of Malana, over the Chandrakani Pass to Naggar, or across the Pin-Parvati Pass to Spiti. For safety reasons, solo trekking is not recommended.