Ten things to do in Grahan, Parvati Valley
Grahan is the least covered village in Parvati Valley. It has the most beautiful hike and will give you the real raw Himalayan experience that you are craving for. Here are a list of things to do in the village of Grahan.
- Stock Up
The hike from Kasol to Grahan is deserted of any food stalls or even chai stalls. So stock up before you leave from Kasol. A few biscuit packets and a couple of apples are more than enough in the food basket to carry along for the hike.
The village falls under the area of the Great Himalayan National Park so hiking 13 kms (4-6 hours) is the only option to reach the village. The hike is one of the prettiest in the entire valley with the river flowing all through the trail from start to finish.
3. Chill by the river
All along the hike to the village, a river by the same name Grahan Nalla and makes for an excellent place to refill your water bottles and relax a bit after the uphill climbs. One great place to chill at is the first of the two wooden bridges. The river flow is not pretty low and the cool breeze will surely refresh you for the remainder of the hike.
4. Stream water
Fill your water bottle from any one of the multiple streams flowing through the rock face and you’ll get energized to continue hiking on to Grahan.
5. Mountain dogs
There is something about dogs from the entire valley, no matter where you are hiking. You’ll always find one who will accompany you all the way to the village and even stay with you in the home stay and return back the next day. Don’t forget to feed them a few packets of glucose biscuits.
6. Wooden House Stay
After hiking 13 kms, the best place to spend the night is in one of the home stays in the village. These home stays are basically wooden houses converted to a guest house or extend with an additional floor. The rooms are very cozy and the food is organic home preparations provided by the family. The food is simply like the icing on the cake.
7. The children
From the minute you enter the village, you’ll see kids running around and playing. These kids are very cute and extremely outspoken. They will surely demand chocolates and if you want to be a part of their evening play party, then you’ll have to give in and buy them toffees. It’s totally worth the fun you’ll have once you start playing with them.
8. Magic Honey
Just as the name suggests, the honey has a extremely high content of sugar and a couple of tea spoons of the honey and you’ll get an instant sugar rush. It’s extremely hard to find as villagers themselves barely have enough for themselves.
9. The short cut
After hiking around 7 kms, you’ll come across a trail going uphill with a sign saying short route to Grahan. Avoid the short cut, since the trail is a steep climb up and if you are not a regular hiker, it’s gonna end up taking a longer time. The longer trail is million times prettier and a lot more relaxing on the calves. The short cut is a great option while hiking back to Kasol.
With a 360° view of snow capped mountains all year round, the sunset from the village is simply sensational, especially during the start of winter in November – December with the sky changing colours from red to orange and even purple it’s a sight to witness. Try setting up a timelapse on your smart phone or camera and you’ll have great footage without any effort.
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