Grahan - A Spiritual Village in Parvati Valley

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Grahan is not extremely popular among travelers that visit Kasol. However, a scenic hike of 10km starting from Kasol will lead you to the village easily.

The itinerary for the Grahan trip starts off with a drive from Delhi to Kasol, where you’ll be spending the night. The next day, you’ll start your journey to reach the village.

After about 7km, you’ll encounter a sign that says ‘short route to Grahan’. Avoid this if you’re a beginner trekker as it’ll take a toll on your calves and end up taking much longer.

The hike is devoid of chai or food stalls. Due to this, it’ll be in your best interest to stock up on a few biscuits or apples to carry along during the hike.

It seems like there’s a lot of restrictions or conditions you have to fill before you travel. But trust us, with a river flowing throughout the trail, it’s one of the prettiest hikes in the valley.

After all, it falls underneath the Great Himalayan National Park. The river previously mentioned is the Grahan Nalla river. This is a famous place to visit in Grahan.

This serves as an excellent spot to rest for a while after climbing uphill for so long and trekkers can also refill their bottles here. The cool breeze will re-energize you for the rest of your hike.

If you’re a dog lover, you’re in luck. Plenty of mountain dogs are present no matter where you’re hiking. Grahan tourism has definitely become greater due to these furry friends.

They’ll definitely join you on your way to the village and might even be with you in the homestay. If you take our previous point of stocking up on biscuits seriously, be sure to share some of them with these loyal companions.

It’s home to around 300 villagers and contains about 30-40 houses. It’s located at an altitude of 7500 feet.

There are plenty of things to do in Grahan.

As you enter the village, you’ll see plenty of happy children running around. They’re quite outspoken so be prepared for chocolates to be demanded.

But, they’re so cute that you’ll probably give in and buy them toffees no matter what. This purchase is definitely worth it once you start playing with them.

An extremely important warning is that consumption of alcohol is not tolerated whatsoever. Travelers who are caught with this act can even be thrown out of the village. 

Don’t worry, though. You can indulge in another kind of substance: magic honey. Yes, you read it right. This is part of the cuisine of Grahan.

The villagers barely have enough for themselves so make sure you grab it if you can. It’s extremely high in sugar content and just a little bit will give you a sugar rush in no time.

Some interesting facts about Grahan are that there are no ATMs or mobile networks available. However, a heart-warming welcome is guaranteed. For accommodation, you can stay in a homestay or guesthouse depending on your preferences.

The homestays are basically wooden houses that are extended with an additional floor or are converted into guest houses. The family hosting you usually prepares organic food.

The rooms are comfortable and cozy as well. The unconditional hospitality is a cherry on top after all of this.

Tourists can definitely get a sense of the lovely culture of Grahan through this.

The reasons you need to check out Grahan in 2020 are far more than many. But, if you still have doubts then let us clear them up while you are on the Grahan trip with JustWravel.

Short Itinerary

Day 0 : Drive from Delhi to Kasol

Day 1 : Kasol and Around. Night stay at Kasol

Day 2 : Kasol to Grahan Village

Day 3 : Grahan Village to Kasol. Later depart for Delhi

Fixed Departures

18th Jul to 20th Jul Open {17th Jul (Friday) 08:30 PM to 21st Jul (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

15th Aug to 17th Aug Open {14th Aug (Friday) 08:30 PM to 18th Aug (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

29th Aug to 31st Aug Open {28th Aug (Friday) 08:30 PM to 1st Sep (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

5th Sep to 7th Sep Open {4th Sep (Friday) 08:30 PM to 8th Sep (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

19th Sep to 21st Sep Open {18th Sep (Friday) 08:30 PM to 22nd Sep (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

2nd Oct to 4th Oct Open {1st Oct (Thursday) 08:30 PM to 5th Oct (Monday) 08:00 AM}

3rd Oct to 5th Oct Open {2nd Oct (Friday) 08:30 PM to 6th Oct (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

7th Nov to 9th Nov Open {6th Nov (Friday) 08:30 PM to 10th Nov (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

21st Nov to 23rd Nov Open {20th Nov (Friday) 08:30 PM to 24th Nov (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

5th Dec to 7th Dec Open {4th Dec (Friday) 08:30 PM to 8th Dec (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

12th Dec to 14th Dec Open {11th Dec (Friday) 08:30 PM to 15th Dec (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

19th Dec to 21st Dec Open {18th Dec (Friday) 08:30 PM to 22nd Dec (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

25th Dec to 27th Dec Open {24th Dec (Thursday) 08:30 PM to 28th Dec (Monday) 08:00 AM}

26th Dec to 28th Dec Open {25th Dec (Friday) 08:30 PM to 29th Dec (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

30th Dec to 1st Jan Open {29th Dec (Tuesday) 08:30 PM to 2nd Jan (Saturday) 08:00 AM}

2nd Jan to 4th Jan Open {1st Jan (Friday) 08:30 PM to 5th Jan (Tuesday) 08:00 AM}

Price (Delhi to Delhi)


Triple Occupancy 6000
Double Occupancy 6300

Itinerary (Delhi to Delhi)

  • 0

    Day 0 : Drive from Delhi to Kasol

    Assemble at RK Ashram Metro Station / Majnu Ka Tila by 6:30 PM.

    We start our journey towards Kasol which is 513 km by 7 PM. We take our first stop at a restaurant near Murthal for Dinner and then continue our drive to Kasol in Himachal Pradesh.

  • 1

    Day 1 : Kasol and Around. Night stay at Kasol

    Reach Kasol in the morning by 10 AM. Relax a bit at the campsite. Later in the afternoon, we leave for local sightseeing around Kasol, Chalal.

    Kasol is a scenic place in Parvati Valley and has numerous hikes and cafes to explore. Return to the property by evening for dinner.

    Night stay at Kasol.

  • 2

    Day 2 : Kasol to Grahan Village

    After an overnight stay at the Hotel at Kasol, we start our trek to Grahan Village. The total distance of the trek is 8 km and the trail passes through dense forest with a scenic view of Grahan nala (a tributary of Parvati river) along the trail.

    The initial trail is through a path full of boulders and water streams. Mind your step while crossing the streams as stones remain slippery. After this stretch of about half km, you will reach the forest and from where the real trek starts. The whole trek is steep and uphill and it passes through dense forest. After an uphill walk of around 6 km, you will reach our base camp, which is a nice cafe to relax.

    One can have its first sight of snowcapped peaks from the cafe. Facilities of homestay is available at the cafe along with soothing bonfire.

    The village is pristine and remains covered with snow during winters. The village has many prestigious and overwhelming things to offer.

    After reaching there, Have dinner. Overnight stay in homestay.

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    Day 3 : Grahan Village to Kasol. Later depart for Delhi

    Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise. If time and weather allows, we hike up to some of the nearby waterfalls. After having breakfast, we will visit two prestigious temples, and explore their local culture and traditions. Later we start our downhill trek towards Kasol. It takes around 3-4 hours to reach Kasol. Our vehicle will pick you from Kasol and we will start our return journey to Delhi.


    Reach New Delhi next day early morning by 7 AM.

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Inclusions

Transport Delhi to Kasol and return

1 Night Stay in camps at Kasol

1 Night stay in Homestay

6 Meals during Trek and stay ( 3 Breakfast + 1 Lunch + 2 Dinner)

Guided Trek

Tour Lead

Exclusions

GST 5%

Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

Any meals apart from mentioned

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation upto 45 days before the departure date

 44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee.

 29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 10 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee.

 6 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.

 No Show . No refund.

Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

 If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

 If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

 Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket /Main Jacket

Thermals (Upper & Lower)

Clothes

Socks

Undergarments

Gloves

Slippers

Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes

Hats/Caps

Daypack

Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)

First Aid Kit

Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

Sun Glasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Power bank

Mobile Charger / Travel Charger

Raincoat

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Sunscreen Lotion

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

Reviews

Raj Kumar
Raj Kumar

Justwravel Team! A big thank you! It was my first trekking experience and it was fabulous! Thank you for making it possible to go along in a group with unknown people to unknown places and returning only knowing awesome people and wonderful places! Special thanks to the trek lead Manu! You kept us comfy and things simple! Please keep doing and I would love to explore more with you and Team Justwravel!

Neha Anand
Neha Anand

Awesome....only one thing would have added lifetime memory ...I had informed Nishant ..that it was my 5th marriage anniversary... a cake added..for cake cutting. . would have been appreciated... I would have loved to pay for it ... cake cutting in grahan.

Vishal Arora
Vishal Arora

the trip was really amazing right from bus travel to hotel and cottage accommodation, Food was also very nice. All in al 10 on 10 from my side.

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