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Travel to this valley of Marijuana where Lord Shiva meditated for 3000 years!

Written By: Vineeth Mohan

Laying at the lap of Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is full of naturesque marvels! There is no dearth of pleasant surprises that welcome you when you step into this nature's abode. It is one of the most vouched places in India for pristine natural beauty. Many gorgeous valleys galore the serene landscape of Himachal. Let's take a tour through one amongst those most beautiful valleys in Himachal Pradesh - Parvati valley!

Parvati valley in Himachal Pradesh

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Parvati valley in Himachal Pradesh

The Parvati river enters the river Beas just above Bhuntar and its ethereally beautiful valley of Parvati stretches back up to the hot springs at Manikaran and beyond. The sprawling and picturesque meadows coupled with gorgeous landscape create an out of this world aura here. Parvati Valley is a paradise for many reasons!

Parvati valley in Himachal Pradesh

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The Parvati Valley had carved up quite a reputation for itself, as the "refuge of the hippies". A couple of villages along the river have been transformed into hippie/backpacker hang-outs, offering cheap accommodation, international food and non-stop music to crowds of dread locked and pierced travellers! This valley near Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh is notoriously famous for its wild and cultivated crops of charas, a pure form of cannabis!

Parvati valley in Himachal Pradesh

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The Parvaty valley trail ascends through thick pine forests to Khir Ganga, a meadow located at 2960 metre above sea level, where Lord Shiva is said to have meditated for 3000 years!
From Khir Ganga, the valley cuts a steep-sided gorge through the mountains and as the altitude increases, the thick, coniferous forest gradually makes way for patches of meadowland scattered with boulders.

Parvati valley in Himachal Pradesh

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Numerous elegant waterfalls cascade down the steep valley sides! It is also one amongst the best trekking destinations in Himachal Pradesh. The Pin Parvati valley trek is one of the most enthralling and challenging trekking trails in India and forms the shortest route between the Kullu and Spiti Valleys.

Like Manali, the Parvati is an established stop on the 'hummus trail' followed by post-military-service Israeli travellers. Quiet hamlets perching precariously on its sides amid lush terraces and old pine forests characterise this paradise of a land!

Parvati valley in Himachal Pradesh

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While travelling to Himachal, visit this surreal valley of Parvati for an enthralling experience! The picture-book backdrop will pursue you for a long long time! Happy Travelling :)

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