Stretching from Bhuntar to Spiti, Parvati Valley is located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Passing through Manikaran, a pilgrimage town revered by both Hindus and Sikhs, there are many fascinating places to visit near the valley.
Rudra-Nag, the serpent shaped waterfall, the pine forests of Khirganga where Lord Shiva is said to have meditated, the rock formation of Pandu Pul and the Pin-Parvati Pass (5400 m) are some of the popular tourist attractions. The Pin Valley National Park is another tourist attraction and is known for its resident wildlife population including the snow leopard.
A favorite among young Israelis, Kasol, which has earned the sobriquet of Mini Israel in Himachal Pradesh, is also situated in the Parvati Valley.
The open spaces in the villages by the banks of the Parvati river are ideal for camping during the summer season. The river abounds with trout and is the perfect place for angling. However, permission from the forest department is required for trout fishing in the river. While the Parvati River in Kasol is ideal for white water rafting, the valley is ideal for adventure sports like rock climbing and trekking.
While popular places in the valley like Manikaran, Pin Valley National Park and Pin Parvati Pass are connected via motorable roads, jeeps, SUVs and vehicles with four-wheel drives are required to maneuver the rocky terrain. Some other parts of the valley are only accessible through treks. However, the trails are not for inexperienced trekkers and hiring a guide is advisable.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PARVATI VALLEY
Manikaran has several luxury, mid-range and budget hotels and is excellent while exploring the valley. Kasol has a few guest houses and budget hotels as well.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN PARVATI VALLEY
There are many stalls and restaurants that serve good North Indian dishes in Manikaran and Kasol. Most restaurants also offer Chinese, Punjabi and South Indian dishes. Some restaurants attached to the luxury hotels also serve Italian and Continental dishes.
BEST TIME TO VISIT PARVATI VALLEY
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Parvati Valley is as given below. The best time to visit Parvati Valley is also specified.
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