Hi again… And like always i am back after a long gap 🤗
I am realising that I enjoy writing about my travels the most… So to keep writing regularly I need to travel regularly 😀
This time I went to this quaint, little, pucturisq valley ‘Parvati’, situated in one of the most beautiful states of India, Himachal Pradesh.
It was a group of three women, ready to take on the mystic of Parvati valley and magnificence of Himachal. Once again, I chose off season to travel, as I have figured it quite well now, that the time when one must NOT visit a tourist place is the in season time!
Two of us took a flight from Mumbai to Chandigarh and another friend joined us there who was coming from Delhi. From Chandigarh we had an 8 hour long road travel ahead of us to reach Katagla,a small town in Himachal. Given the monsoons, slippery roads and the terrain we took almost close to 11 hours to reach our destination. But no complaints since the drive was like a drive on clouds 😀 A piece of causious here is that if you plan to go to Himachal via road from Chandigarh plz ensure that you start the journey as early as possible, max by 11am you should be hitting the road. We did not know this and ended up reaching past midnight which is not advisable due to the difficult terrain.
The things that will stay with me forever after this visit are the majestic trees greeting us, multiple water falls playing hide and seek with us, the enchanting parvati river and her alluring music, awestriking natural hot springs and the smiling, joyous and helpful people of the valley 😀
We were staying in a homestay, honestly I did not have very high hopes but the homestay turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises of the trip. Reaching the homestay was like a small trek in itself, which you complain about in the beginning but then that is what that gives you feeling as if you have earned this cozy, little, comfortable nest 😀
To reach Pawna house, our homestay, one has to cross the parvati river through a wooden, hanging bridge. This bridge was one of my favourite place there! It is like listening to a natural orchestra there. The highs and lows of notes that the Parvati river creates as she dances down her way, weaved in with the chatter of birds and whistling of trees. The sound that the old, wooden bridge creates when someone crosses over it is like a magical rhythm binding the entire orchestra together. Trust me one can spend hours while listening to this amazing performance of mother Nature 😀
As per Indian mythology,Parvati is the wife & first student of Godhead lord Shiva and is considered to be the centre of power and is also known as “Shakti”. Whether you believe in mythology or not but it’s for sure that the mighty river displays all het prowess as you stand watching it. One can clearly see that Parvati flows on a bed of huge rocks, making her way over the powerful rocks, soothing them with her calming touch, taking anything and everything that comes her way along with her! The force of the river is so powerful that you can feel the force in your own nerves if you choose to look into the eyes of river for a longtime… So powerful yet so soothing, like a Mother! You feel at peace and safe and loved at the same time while gazing at this phenomenon called the Parvati river 🙏
Another never to forget experience was to have a bath in natural hot springs 😀 The folklore says that Lord Shiva and maa Parvati spent years of love & laughter together at the valley and one fine day while having a bath maa Parvati lost her ring which was very dear to her. Lord Shiva asked his people to find it but ring was not found anywhere. In rage when lord Shiva, the destroyer,was about to open his third eye, a flow of boiling water risen up the valley, reflecting all the shiney gems and alongwith them was the brightest of them all, the one that belonged to Parvati. And that’s how hot springs are still found in abundance in the valley. It is said, having a bath in one of these hot springs can cure various physical ailments, may be because of the presence of high sulphur I guess. But keeping that aside, the bath was so relaxing and rejuvenating that one would not like to come out. Though getting in needs some courage coz the springs are really hot… Some springs are even used to boil rice and potatoes in bulk for Manikaran Gurudwara! Yeah don’t worry, the ones used for bathing are not that hot 😂
To me, Parvati valley is like a veiled mystical land with enchanting river, alluring hot springs with a whiff of magical air (what to expect when you can see marijuana plants in abundance everywhere 😉).
The valley has so much to offer that i won’t be able to summarise everything in one story… The place deserves to be unveiled slowly and lovingly… So stay tuned for some more doze from the land of Parvati 😀