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Christmas In India

After another long bus journey down from the mountains, we end up getting dropped on the opposite side of the city to the place I have booked so I take a rickshaw across town early in the morning. Its really...

Time to Reflect

 After a good night’s sleep in a warm comfy bed and a strong coffee in the morning, I head off to the local post office and send back my collected seeds and some small gifts for family and...

Heading back to civilisation

I left my mountain hideaway around midday, so I had a fantastic view as I worked my way slowly back down to the small villages below. Eventually, I could see Tosh back across the valley and the river Parvati...

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Christmas In India

After another long bus journey down from the mountains, we end up getting dropped on the opposite side of the city to the place I have booked so I take a rickshaw across town early in the morning. Its really cold, even...

Time to Reflect

 After a good night’s sleep in a warm comfy bed and a strong coffee in the morning, I head off to the local post office and send back my collected seeds and some small gifts for family and friends. It’s a...

Heading back to civilisation

I left my mountain hideaway around midday, so I had a fantastic view as I worked my way slowly back down to the small villages below. Eventually, I could see Tosh back across the valley and the river Parvati winding its...

Collecting Genetics in Parvati – Part 2

After another cosy night’s sleep with my hot water bottle, we are up early and straight back into cleaning seeds. In this temperature the dry resin collects on my fingers extremely fast and once collected makes a lovely...

Collecting Genetics in Parvati – Part 1

At last, after 3 weeks and a lot of trekking, I have finally arrived at my main destination. A  beautiful house high up at the top of its own valley. If you didn’t know it was here you could never find it and its...

The Three Sisters

Kalga, Pulga and Tulga; also known as the three sisters are a trio of pretty villages what lie across the valley from Tosh. They are well known for their apple orchards and of course like everywhere here their charas...

The Magic of the Mountains

Tosh and the surrounding area at this time of year has a special kind of magic. The tourists have largely gone and the snow on the ground gives the light and incredible quality. Especially early in the morning and at...

Tosh – Trying Out The Charas

Tosh is a charming village and at this time of the year feels very sleepy. It’s actually larger than it first appears and stretches along the side of the valley for a fairway. It takes me about 20 minutes to walk...

Arriving In Tosh

From Manikaran I managed to find a taxi who can take me closer up towards Tosh, my next destination. The roads have become impassable for buses so it’s the only option. The ride up is beautiful but slightly scary as the...

Winter Arrives

While it has been pretty chilly at night, the days have been warm and sunny. All the time I am up at higher altitude I am painfully aware that any moment the snows can arrive at this time of year and with them the...

Seed Collecting In Rasol

My next few days in Rasol are spent walking out of the village in different directions each morning for a few hours. I met some really amazing families along the way and made some friends that I will surely come back...

From Chalal to Rasol

From Chalal the route to Rasol takes you up narrow pathways out of the village flanked by ancient walls and terraced fields full of fruit trees and vegetable plots. Fairly soon the walk turns into a climb and I started...

Pit stop at Chalal

Chalal is the waypoint to reach Rasol, much higher up in the valley behind so it’s a good place to stop and have a drink before the long hike up. Even if you are not intending to visit Rasol it’s well worth popping over...

Hash in Kasol

Nestled in the heart of the Parvati valley, Kasol, once the centre of the hippy and traveller community is a sleepy little place. Stretching along the valley floor alongside the Parvati river, huge pine trees dominate...

Travelling to The Parvati Valley

After a couple of days exploring old Delhi and getting over my jet lag, it’s time to head up into the mountains. It’s relatively easy to book a bus ticket and the pick-up points are easy to get to around the...

Delhi – First Impressions

A vast sprawling metropolis and the capital of India, Delhi is the home to more than 26.5 million people. It is one of the most interesting and culturally diverse cities in the world but will challenge even the most...