Tosh:Tosh is a small village located at a drive distance of 2 hrs from Kasol. The village is home to roughly 80 to 100 families & untouched by tourists. The place is an absolute gem for the nature lovers. The majestic views of snow capped Mountain right outside your window will give you goosebumps. The calmness in the nature will allow you to forget all the images of concrete jungles & traffic jams The sound of waterfall & chirping birds will allow you to forget all of your stress.
Kheerganga:Kheerganga is a place known for a natural hot spring on the top of the mountain. Top can be reached by trekking 14 Km (medium difficulty trek) from Barshaini. One has to cross beautiful jungles, river & muddy road. One can find refreshments in cafes located all along the path. Cafes are decent & food is good. It usually takes 6 to 8 hours to reach the top & it is recommended to stay overnight. The feeling of watching stars without any disturbance is one of its kind of experience.
Kasol:Kasol is very commercialized as per my liking. The place is crowded with people & it is difficult to find calm & peaceful place to sit & enjoy. Kasol is much bigger in comparison to Tosh & Kheerganga. Kasol is a decent visit & most people choose kasol only, but my recommendation is to visit Tosh. I found Tosh more beautiful & peaceful.
Things to Know
From Delhi : Direct Bus is available upto Bhunter from Delhi. From Bhunter book a cab or use public buses for reach Kasol, Tosh & Manikaran. The cabs are easily available but better to book prior to avoid any hassle. The charges of bus from Delhi to Bhunter usually cost Rs 1400 per head (charges may change) , Bhunter to Tosh (Rs 2200 per cab )
Accommodation: In season Kasol is very crowded & finding a suitable place is a challenge. It is recommended to book hotel prior to the trip. The accommodation cost may vary from Rs 300 to Rs 3000 depending upon the luxury one wants to enjoy.
Food: There are numerous food outlets & cafes on offer. Israel food is a must to have food. On average the cost of food for 2 people is Rs 600. The quality of food is also good.
PS: I spent Rs 7000 for a trip of from Mumbai, which includes one day stay at finest hotel in Kasol.
Things to do:
*) Sitting near Parbati river is a must-do when in Kasol. The thunderous sound of water will flush out your stress.
*) Tosh is much of a stress buster. The view of mountains & landscapes will take you in some majestic world. The serene beauty of this place is one of my favourites.