Grahan: An Abode of Bliss

22 Jan 2018

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If you are looking for an unspoiled beauty in Parvati Valley, then a trek to Grahan is a must. Grahan with its interesting history keeps on fascinating the travelers who are prepared enough to follow the road less traveled. The village was formed some 500 years ago, and the villagers from this place are the only outsiders who the Malana locals consider equals. Also, Grahan provides as a basecamp for one of the most beautiful passes- Sar Pass. Experience the surreality and the beauty that exists naturally.

The trek to Grahan village starts from Kasol, and one would roughly take 4 hrs-5 hrs to cover a distance of 9kms. The trail begins right before the bridge that falls before the Kasol central bus-stand. The track is more or less marked-out with red arrows throughout, but still, there is a fair chance that you will get lost, aesthetically.

During the hike, one would go through dense forests intermittent with the sound of birds and the buzzing of bees there is one element that won’t leave you all the way- Parvati river.

One would also cross two wooden bridges, and by the time one would come across the second bridge, it would mark the halfway point of the trek. It is only in the last 150 meters of the hike that one would start to see the houses in the village and what a view it is. Mostly the houses are built in a traditional way and some of them are almost 200-250 years old. Roam around the village and play along with the kids who will be found at every nook and corner of the village and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

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