Being Touristy in Himachal Pradesh : Tosh Village

Hi Guys.. what are we all upto ? Well, my part of the story is cliche. Having tonnes of coconut water, thandai, watermelons, sending myself forcibly to work everyday in this scorchingly hot and humid weather & tirelessly daydreaming about a vacay in the mountains, that’s how I am spending my super hot summer days.ย  Yes, I live in Delhi and I along with the rest of Delhi-NCR, am burning. And if there’s one relief other than the cool drinks and the Air-conditioned rooms, it’s the rightly-hyped making holiday plans.

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The picturesque Tosh Village!

If you are following me on social media, you would know that I had a short but an amazing trip to Himachal Pradesh the beginning of May. It was an impromptu trip that included me, my husband and two mutual friends; I can surely say now that, sudden plans are the best kind of plans.

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Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure

I had been meaning to put up this blog from past two weeks now, but due to some other work commitments I was unable to do so. Today, I was determined to pick it up and put it out here for you to see what I saw and get both of us some much needed chill vibe. Our itinerary for 2 days and 3 nights included : Kasol, Manikaran, Tosh, Malana.ย Tosh stood out for me from the rest, to be this beautiful valley surrounded by mountains where people live in vibrant colourful homes and the kids have even more radiant smiles.

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This kid is definitely the reason someone smiles today.
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Our first stop after entering Tosh was a restaurant that came with this view. It was a perfect lunch scene with the cloudy sky overlapping the mountains along with the right amount of green for soothing the eyes.
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The good food that came with the good view. Since, Tosh is just an hour long drive from Kasol which is the very famous hippie town, the Israeli and European backpackers/tourist tribe has a marking presence in Tosh as well. And, the cuisine at the restaurants here also reflects the same.
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The waiter ๐Ÿ™‚
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What do you do when you want to match up to the ultra-cool quotient of a place ?? You make space buns ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Dreamcatcher : The one thing that is sure to catch your eye once you are inside the towns of Kasol and Tosh. Believed to keep off the evil eye from you and protect you from all those bad dreams, dreamcatchers are also considered to make your dreams come true. I don’t know about the credibility of that, but these cutesy stuff can totally become a room charm and hence apt for taking home as a gift/souvenir. Kasol market has dreamcatchers in abundance.
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A cool wall art of Lord Shiva. For those of you who don’t know, the whole of Parvati Valley where all these towns/villages (Kasol,Manikaran,Tosh,Malana) are located, has the influence of Lord Shiva all over. It is believed that Lord Shiva meditated here for years and looking at the undiluted beauty of this place, named the valley after his consort, Parvati.
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Another heart warming feature of these Himachal villages is it’s super friendly, rarely barking dogs. I fear almost every kind of animal (read insects too) but, I never even imagined that dogs could be so calm that they could actually make me feel comfortable with their presence.
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And let’s not even talk about how photogenic they are. I have never ever in my life seen dogs just sitting there and giving me all the time in the world to capture them the way I want. The Himachal Dogs are love.
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Our friend over here (Ashwini) is a Dog lover. He greeted almost every dog that crossed our path, fed them whenever he could and even caressed some to sleep. And needless to say, the dogs loved him back equally. #purelove
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Seen here : me with my sweet sister-in-law sharing a happy moment at the bridge that one has to cross in order to get into the Tosh village. The village is located on a hilly terrain, so no motor vehicle can go in. All the vehicles are parked outside the village on the other side of the bridge. Everyone walks their way out, inside Tosh and further.
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Tosh is a village which has almost all the basic facilities for a city person to have a good holiday here. With sufficient number of food joints that come with a view to relish on a cloudy afternoon, Tosh gave me the exact vacay vibe that I was looking for.
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Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant intended for medical or recreational use. Call it Charas, Ganja, Bhaang, Pot, Cannabis, Weed, Stash, Marijuana, the whole Parvati Valley has a widely spread plantation of this ecstacy herb. Witnessing people smoking up from a freshly rolled joint is a common sight here.
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Seen here : Mr. Husband (in black) with Ashwini (in blue). Since none of us is into consuming weed, we decided to head for a small trek through the village to a small waterfall.
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As one moves ahead into the village, the colourful Tosh simply comes alive. Wooden structures painted in the most vibrant blues, greens, mauves make up for a perfect setting amidst the surrounding mountains.
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The view of the snow capped mountains constantly keeps on getting better and better as one moves further during the trek.
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A rather clearer perspective!
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A Holy Place that ought not be touched.
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Jamdagni Rishi Temple : Touching it is not allowed. Located in the center of the village, you will find the temple of the same deity in Malana as well which looks strikingly similar. FYI, touching anything in Malana is not allowed. You will find the don’t touch sign board around the temple in Malana but, it is advised to not touch any structure in Malana. Malana is definitely one of the most weird villages that I’ve ever been to in my life.
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The Hyperlocal Girls with the Guardian Angel
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I would put this particular trek into an “Easy Trek” category. You can easily make this one, even if you are a beginner.
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Carrying huge bundles of crops, wooden logs, even mattresses on their back is what a regular day comprises of for the working people of Tosh.
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Men at work!
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Women at work!
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We finally made it to the waterfall and were we delighted.. The trek was beautiful and so was this cutesy waterfall. We took gazillion of personal photographs here, made hundreds of boomerangs. It was total fun and I would recommend this trek to everyone.
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This fellow accompanied us in our trek. He was surely a constant companion. Here’s Jyotika (my sis-in-law) having an eye-to-eye moment that became my absolute favorite. โค
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Life is like a Waterfall, it is always moving and there is always an uneven flow to it.
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If you’re alive, you have reason to be happy. If things are really bad, they can only get better. Everyone of us has a purpose on this planet and you can find yours. Somebody out there needs you and is thankful that they know you.
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#BeingTouristy
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What can I say about this one?? Happy places make you do such things. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #MyFullTimePhotographer
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Now, that’s a cool way to say that.
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Just a little girl and her tangles.
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And this plant affirmed me that one needs to stop comparing themselves with others, you are supposed to be unique.
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It is only the old and wise who can take forward the young and nice.
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The naked tree!
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Om Mani Pad Me Hum
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It has only happened after this trip that, I realized how much I love capturing people candidly. Here’s a family soaking in the evening goodness of the mountains.
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Behind the veil !
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Tosh is still safe from the insane tourist crowd and I know that this post is a way of telling you to go and visit this beauty but, I would like to request you to travel responsibly. Treat the places you go to like your homes. Don’t litter around, avoid as much use of plastic as you can in mountain areas because they don’t really have proper garbage disposal systems. I am writing this in respect of all the remote villages which have so much to offer to you and require just this much responsible travel from you.
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No, the yellow and purple staircase wasn’t enough. This cute orangey smile had to step in. #BeautifulFrames
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And, they lived happily ever after.
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“Happy faces”
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The overly excited city guy
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And, suddenly the clouds gave way to the sunlight as she smiled.
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The generation gap without any gap
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“The carom championship series, 2018” – Live from Tosh
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The working spectator! Notice the word art on the left blue wall. That’s how I feel when I look at that bundle on his back. #insane
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Looks like a bunch of potato faces. Tosh, 2017 it says
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Until next time !

Now, that was one long blog post. I couldn’t resist but sharing all of it with you guys. Thank you so much for reading. You can ask me anything that you want in the comment section below and also kindly let me know if you enjoyed it.

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7 Comments

  1. B’ful post on this awesome place!! N let me tell u Gagan, this has jus now become my favourite post out of all of ur posts till now…these r actually getting much better n m really happy for u…keep going dear…god bless โœŒ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. Really nice post Gagan… I have been in Kasol, manikaran and kheer ganga but missed out Tosh village and your post make me realised that i need to go there ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚. Beautiful pics. Thanks for the blog keep it up๐Ÿค˜

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