Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

The Parvati Valley is located in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It’s scenic trekking routes are a popular destination for trekkers and tourists. The Parvati River enters the Beas just above Bhuntar and its ethereally beautiful valley stretches back up to the hot springs at Manikaran and beyond into the 5000m heights of the Great Himalayan Range. It’s also increasingly popular among young Indians.

The valley has a well deserved reputation for its hashish, and several villages have been transformed into hippie/backpacker hang-outs, offering cheap accommodation, international food and nonstop music to crowds of international travelers. Like Manali, the Parvati is a favorite destination along the hummus trail followed by post–military service Israeli travelers. A favorite among young Israelis, Kasol, which has earned the sobriquet of Mini Israel in Himachal Pradesh, is also situated in the Parvati Valley. Police sometimes set up checkpoints along the roads to search for hashish.

Parvati Valley in Photos


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